Sunlight on the Shore

Walking the beach just before sunrise this morning, I noticed that we have moved away from the sun a bit.  As a result, the sun seems not to rise as high or as swiftly as it had earlier in the month.
Now, the stones and shells on the beach cast shadows that are long.  The effect is significant; the shells seem to be calling attention to themselves.  
Some shells made their way home with me, and I washed them up and put them in the intense mid-morning sun to dry.  Looking at them out of context, I found myself riding the waves of their colors, textures, shapes, and the magical mystery of how life was once lived in these shells.
 The sun was my light source.
 What a brainless bivalve can do.  Amazing.  Humbling, too.