Our World Tuesday: What Are You Looking at?

What are you looking at? is the question I asked myself at the beach last week to challenge myself to look at the beach in different ways. I used my DSLR, my beloved big Canon PowerShot, my trusty little Canon PowerShot, and my Christmas gift the iPod to look again at those things I love so much. That big, blue, beauty the Atlantic tossed up some amazing things.


From January 1, 2012
Like this strange shell or fossil or whatever it is. I have not seen these kinds of shells anywhere else. I was once told they are fossilized shellfish. Maybe so.
From January 1, 2012
This snail shell seemed to be in the process of disappearing while the scallop shell seemed to be in the process of becoming a fossil.
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From January 1, 2012
Then there's this clam shell which seemed to be an undercover agent for the ocean, filtering water and slipping into the sunny sand. It's funny to me that the ocean is gigantic, yet the gifts on the shore are so small, tiny really--whispers of the great mysteries that lie deep below the surface.
From January 1, 2012
Happy New Year, one and all! 

Comments

  1. Nice, the clam shell slowly dissolving, instead of dust to dust its calcium carbonate solid to calcium carbonate in solution, to be recycled and used by some other critter.

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  2. what a fun though chilly place to spend the holidays! love the photos of small gifts from the sea...

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  3. Those small treasures are true gifts...often overlooked if we don't slow down and notice the world around us. Happy New Year !

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  4. So much beauty, Sandy, and such a beautiful world! True gifts indeed and your first shot is awesome. Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  5. I also enjoy watching the rolling waves, the little seashells on the beach and the grains of sand. They too are part of my treasures.
    Nice pictures you have here!

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  6. Anonymous1:23 PM

    Wonderful shots! The sea contains all of life in it.

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  7. What a beuatiful post dear Sandy, with not just lovely images but also lovely thoughts. I enjoyed seeing the beach and its treasures through your eyes.;)
    Happy New Year dear Sandy, may it be a great one for you and yours.;)
    xoxo

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  8. Wonderful shots Sandy of what you are observing.

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  9. I do believe that the camera helps us to see, look for the possibilities.

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  10. Gorgeous photos, Sandy! I think it is wonderful to be on the beach looking for shells. I wish you and yours all the best in 2012, Happy New Year!

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  11. Anonymous5:27 PM

    Looking at time itself.

    Please have you all only happy content of it for 2012.

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  12. Oh Sandy.. I just love these pictures!! =) I'm fascinated of both the shell and the waves, and how the Ocean can be that great.. huge!! :)

    Happy New Year! :)

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  13. There is so much to see on the beach that the roaring waves throw up out of the deep. The scallop shell is encrusted with coral. Petrification takes a long, long time. I have an oyster shell from a river lagoon that is more then a hundred miles from the sea and many thousands was sea bed. When I hold it in my and, I feel connected to all that has been and will be. It reminds me most of all of my own total insignificance.

    A lovely post Sandy . . .

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  14. Natural things are so beautiful! Happy New Year to you too!

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  15. These are such beautiful photos, Sandy. I love the seashore.

    Happy New Year!

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  16. Beautiful gifts, like a child I would want to pick them up.
    I too, just take pictures now. :)
    Have a great year ahead!

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  17. Beautiful pics. My OWT is up too.


    Happy New Year from New Zealand.

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  18. Those are some interesting shells the ocean tossed up. Beautiful shot of the ocean, too, Sandy. Happy New Year!

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  19. Yes but we welcome all the treasures it throws out. They are all so full of mystery and ageless beauty.

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  20. I certainly am glad that you share the things you see at the beach.

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  21. the toys of my earliest East Coast Summers!


    Happiest New Year wishes
    with Warm Aloha from Waikiki
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  22. Hi there - nice set of pictures - always worth a walk on the beach to see what the tide has brought.

    In answer to your "I wonder what was on the end?" question - I can tell you. It was a boat, and it was still there!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  23. Wonderful photos and thoughts!
    Happy New Year
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  24. What a lovely World!
    I love the shells and the sound of the water...
    New Year greetings from Holland,
    Anna

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  25. These shells are very special and beautiful. I think the last one I have seen already but not the others !

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  26. I really love the second to the last one. It is worthy undertaking to look at the world in new ways. I am currently fooling with a new camera and trying to find one that has everything! http://looseleafnotes.com

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  27. The ocean does gift us with small wonders. I consider you one of the oceans gifts for without your careful observations I would never know of its many wonders since I live land locked. Happy New Year Sandy. Right now I am looking at the sun shining on tan lawn. All is withering here in the cold. Winter is finally upon us.

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  28. Anonymous10:36 PM

    Interesting to see the process actually happening!

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  29. That's why I like the beach - you'll always find something there! Great capture of the shell! Happy New Year!

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