I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tiny Seashells

Hi guys! I had a friend come to visit for a few days, to help me drive to medical appointments. I couldn't walk on the beach with him, but he took these photos of the many tiny butterfly or coquina shells that wash up on my beach each summer. [you may want to click on any photo to enjoy the full page slideshow version today]

We used to think these tiny shells, smaller than your pinky fingernail , were baby large white eating clams.  [but no]They cover the sand att the tideline, and as each wave ebbs, the little guys burrow madly into the sand.


Even large washes of the shells are still alive and will wash away at the next high tide. Woe to anyone who fills their sandbucket with these cuties, as the animal is still inside and doesn't smell great if allowed to die and decay! [Though one can immerse n Clorox water if making, say, sailors' Valentine's.]


Sailors' Valentines

Here is Mo looking very fine! He sends puggy smooches to you all.



gone to the beach...

and...a rainbow. Sign of hope for poor lizzy-me?


  1. Oh, I love all the colorful tiny shells! I'd feel compelled to find something I could do with them, LOL. Not sure what, probably something similar to a sailor's valentine, or just a shell-covered box. It would be pretty! Maybe a shell-covered vase? Definitely would have to make sure they were clean and unoccupied first though!

    The rainbow is pretty and I HOPE it means you have better times ahead SOON. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. I ve collected the shells for small sailors valentines, I ll have to look for one to take a picture, not sure if I kept any. Some of the shells are really colorful and pretty but they are tiny, 1/2" at the most.

    2. Hi Liz, my artworks totally rely on these fabulous coquina! Any chance you can collect them for me? I would pay well for your time and trouble.
      Many thanks, Michaela Raeburn Seashellbeautyinart

  2. Oh my, soooo pretty. Never seen anything like it. They must look magical in person. Thank your friend for taking the photos.

    Yes, let's be optimistic that the beautiful rainbow is a sign for you.

    Hugs to you, and to cutie pie Mo.


  3. Hugs back, Kelley! My friend was pleased we liked his photos.

  4. Wow! Taht is so cool.
    I hope you got good news at your appt???

  5. How lovely...never seen them before. Very sweet of your friend to take the pics. Hope you are approaching a pivotal point where the drs can determine how to help you get past this malady. And, smooches back to that sweet pooch, Mo. Amy sent a smooch too.


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