Friday, January 4, 2008

beach combing

we spent our holiday either on the beach, on a boat, or in the ocean. our gift to each other this year was time spent together. santa brought one gift (our year of non-consumption) yet even the 9 year old said it was his best holiday ever.

we combed the beaches looking for shells at first, a sample of our finest above.

then we honed in on a hundred odd sharks teeth and other small treasures before finding the pièce de résistance, the HUGE seahorse below.

and then i found my true calling, bone collector. a lovely lady we met on the trip introduced us to the world of fossilized bone and i am hooked. i love to imagine what creature they belonged to. i spent the balance of the trip collecting these, the most exciting being the large pieces of vertebrae and joints.

of course i can not pass a nice piece of coral without picking it up.

yes, my nature collecting is compulsive. can't help it.


pve design said...

beach envy, love the simplicity and the beauty found not bought.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like you've got a fantastic start on a Cabinet of Curiosities.

ALL THE BEST said...

What amazing finds! I love them all!

Pigtown-Design said...

I have a little box of the fossilized sharks' teeth my cousins and i found during summers at the beach. i'd love to find something to do with them.

quinn said...

I love the treasures you found on the beach and that you can appreciate the beauty of them. I am also a great fan of fossilized bone that I find while beach combing. Which beach were you vacationing at that you were able to find such great things?