As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited both Morar Beach and Sanna Bay on my holiday. I had a lot of shells to sort through, giving them a little soapy bath and then dusting off any left over sand.
The main collection I've photographed is just from Morar as I couldn't stop myself from picking up more and more. Once you start picking up shells, it's hard to stop.
Morar beach has so many pieces of broken shell that have been smoothed in the sea, creating lovely abstract twisted shapes. These were my favourite. There were also a lot of cowries that look like puppets mouths or so I thought. My granny loved finding cowries and was always the first one to find one on the beach.
Beach combing was definitely something that I've always been doing. Since I was very little I'd love to find pretty shells on the beach or stones that looked unusual. I'd pop them in my pockets and every now and then I'll find a collection of stones or the odd shell in a drawer or cupboard from a walk on the beach years ago.
I particularly love the shells that I found which have tiny holes in them. I've since found that these holes have been made by possibly any number of things in the sea from sponges to tiny worms. There's a lot of different creatures out there nibbling holes in shells in seems.
I also found a shell with a heart on it. I felt pretty lucky to have found this out of all the shells on the beach.
Below are the shells I found on Sanna Bay. The shells here were spread out so you had to hunt for them a bit more. I was also too busy taking lots of photos of Sanna since I hadn't been back there for a while. I thought these ones were particularly beautiful though.
As a little memento of my trip I took two of the smoothed shell pieces, one from Morar and one from Sanna and made a necklace with them. The pieces hang together perfectly and I think it makes quite an unusual but special piece of jewellery.