Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekly Winners: Shell We Dance?

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Welcome to Weekly Winners, brought to you by Lotus over at Sarcastic Mom. I'd like to share the beach with you today.

No, I don't live by the ocean, but I collect pieces of it and bring them back to my land-locked home. Here's a collection of whelks in various stages of "maturity," which grace one shelf of an old, beat-up, spray-painted, Salvation Army bookshelf that The Wild One fixed up for me on our back porch.

If I had a panoramic lens, I could shoot the whole shelf up close in one sitting. It's pretty neat. Or at least I think so!


Here's the inside of a turtle shell My Peeps found when they were wee ones. I don't know much about turtles, but doesn't that look like a backbone going up the middle?

I'm a fan of coral, but only if I don't step on it at the beach. I've got three different kinds here, and couldn't for the life of me tell you their names. I only know that the one on the far left is pretty sharp, the middle one no so much, and the one on the right is smooth as a skipping stone.


Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean."

~Actor Christopher Reeve~

23 comments:

annie kelleher said...

i love the ocean and miss it very much... im sure some day i will live beside it again.. for right now... i have a collection not unlike yours! happy sunday!

Mama Zen said...

I love shells. I have quite a collection myself!

Melissa B. said...

I *heart* the ocean, too. But as far as shells are concerned, I usually only find bits and pieces. Although I did find a "keeper" on the beach in NC last fall. We're talkin' shell shop quality! And BTW...don't forget today's Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. We're swimming with the "Big Fish" today!

Secret Agent Mama said...

Love those shells!

Tara R. said...

Very cool collections. I hope you were able to find some of those when you've visited in FLA.

Smoochiefrog said...

I love finding shells on the beach.

Daisy said...

I love the ocean and those are some beautiful memories of it, though I feel bad for the homeless turtle. Happy Sunday!

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Lynda said...

Oh, I love shells, too... they're just so beautiful!

Caroline said...

You go out in the ocean, of course! ☺

Michelle said...

I can understand why you'd want the ocean with you. Given the way winter seems to have a grip on us (seriously, a frost warning this late in the year?), I'm ready to move to the ocean!

Jientje said...

That's quite a collection you have there!!
I enjoyed the photo's and loved the quote!!

Mominin said...

Great shells. I, too, am landlocked yet love the ocean.

merrymishaps said...

Great collection!

mannequin said...

Your shells are very pretty, displayed on the old shelf.
I don't know why I don't care for shells, I think having spent so much time at the ocean made them a bit too familiar. I love the turtle shell though,very strange indeed...

Danifred said...

Love the shells- it's as if they can each tell a story of their own :)

Mrs4444 said...

What is it about shells that makes us want to take it with us? Can't figure it out, but I share the same habit of needing to take something with me every time I get the chance.

Kathleen W. said...

Those are so beautiful! I can see them mounted in a shadow box or a wall of photos of them on the wall. I'm a fan of coral, but of course not stepping on it!

Miss Grace said...

Those shells are beautiful.

Tracy P. said...

Cool quote to go with the beautiful shells--I'll go to the ocean, I think.

Gattina said...

They are all very pretty. Nice items to collect !

Jessie said...

I never get tired of looking at other people's treasures that they bring back from their travels and hearing their stories. Those are great shots! We are such beach people living in a land locked location too :) Every year we spend a week at the ocean - not enough for any of us but all we can do for now :) See you next week!

Tori_z said...

Sounds like an awesome collection. And, if you love the beach then you'll enjoy the post I'll be doing later. :)

Marrdy said...

Wow, those are some mighty fine (and big) shells (and other sea things). What a great collection. I'm like Melissa, I never find any bigs things like this!