|Pcific Ocean trash from Google pix|
|Googled photo: Yes! That IS a PERSON |
walking on the trash "island"!
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Surfrider Foundation try to bring awareness to the public: their message, Respect the Beach rings true to me, as the beach---any beach, but especially my own, is my spiritual and artistic home.
This is a link to a fascinating slideshow from Surfrider showing the awful wash-ashore on what should have been a pristine Hawaiian beach, now named Plastic Beach. The sand itself is made from tiny flakes of non-biodegradable plastic.
Yet, again, to me---the eternal beachcomber, some of the trash there (and yes, here at home) seems like treasure...
|late 1800s patent medicine bottle fragment from my beach|
Seaglass is, after all, simply trash. Old and interesting---romanticized and treasured, but trash it is!
|seaglass bottle, c.1890, Irish ale, from my beach|
I'd be thrilled beyond words to find a glass float at the beach instead of at the flea market! Did you see the one in the slide show of Plastic Beach? sigh....
Or even turquoise netting...or one of the small rubber ducks whose ocean journey is chronicled in Moby Duck , by Donovan Hohn. The sales blurb says: "Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. "
It seems a crate of toys from China fell off a ship years ago; the escaped toys, icluding thousands of Rubber Duckies, have roamed the oceans of the world ever since! How, uh, fun? And why have I never found one??? Huh?
(I just downloaded it onto my Kindle...I'll review it when I am done reading.)
Here is the ultimate wash-ashore find! (Though I'd rather find a glass float! Or a tarnished pirate's doubloon...)....
Note: Surfrider Foundation is the world's leading non-profit environmental organization working to protect and preserve our world's oceans, waves and beaches. Please take the time to look at their site, read their mission statement. Thank you!
gone to the beach