Saturday, May 23, 2009

sandy beach finds


sandy beach finds
Originally uploaded by monpon.

We had a lot of great finds at the beaches in Oregon and Washington - sand dollars - or their off-white skeletons, crab shells and bivalve clams with hinges intact. We brought them home carefully and Mai shared the crab shell with her fellow 3 and 4 year olds at school who looked at it through magnifying glasses. The clam shells turned out to be good music makers too, when Mai put in a few small stones and shook it like a shaker. Our Music Together class must have inspired her! The oceans, tide pools and estuaries have much different offerings than what we are used to in the great lakes region. Aside from the invasive Zebra Mussels and the occasional dead alewives, the beaches turn up smooth, rounded lake stones make from limestone, basalt, granite and slate with mineral bands of quartz, calcite and agate. I have many happy childhood memories of discovering what might be an agate or holding a perfectly round wave- rolled Lake Superior concretion in my hand.

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