Take a Walk on the Wrackline: A Drifted 2019

2019 wrackline was full of drifted treasures. Some had human origins, others arrived from rocky intertidal, subtidal, pelagic, estuarine, and terrestrial sources. Unravelling the stories of marine drifters, at least trying to, is irresistible. Most of their stories will remain mysteries. That’s what keeps beachcombing compelling. Arranged chronologically below, starting with memories from last winter…

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Closeups from the Cobbles

I have reasons to avoid cobbled shorelines. Legitimate reasons. They’re frequently steep, and they don’t hold a lot of material from the drift. Driftline treasures that do stick are apt to fall out of sight, lost in stony interstices. The largest cobblestones accumulate on the higher leveler zones, so even on level ground the footing’s…

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A Cockle Shell’s Shadows

A shadow over the cup of an upturned cockle shell. Shadows also set off the fluting along the margin. This is the shell of the heart cockle, Clinocardium nuttallii. I like the shifting influence of sunlight and shadows on the ribs radiating over the cockle’s curved external surface. Next time you come across a complete…

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