Sunday, January 8, 2012

Iridescence is Irregular and Irresistible

The vast majority of seashells you'll find on New England beaches are white, or off-white—it's probably the same throughout the world. I've been drawn to the iridescent orange and yellow ones since I was a child, though. They tend to be smaller, harder to find, and "prettier" to use the term I used as a child. Above, shells collected on my past few walks along the beach. I hadn't picked them up in years, and I was instantly transported back to childhood.


  1. I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right!

  2. This also brings me back to when I was about 12 years old visitng Caumsett State Park out in Huntington, NY.
    We samples an array of shells and one was from a clam. A student just happened to a boy scout knife in his back pocket and open one up and swallowed it raw. I could not believe my eyes, but every time I see a shell I wish wouldn't picture that, lol!

  3. I replied to you once, Woody, lol, not sure where it went.

    I'm not a raw shellfish eater, either. Many New Englanders are, but not me. I hate clams, oysters and mussels. I love lobster and shrimp, but you eat those cooked. I also like clam "strips" but they're fried. Raw? Nope!