|Lilac dawn on Pohara Beach|
I often talk about my early morning walks with a group of women friends - we usually meet before sunrise and walk Pohara Beach for an hour, chattering away and waking the neighbours as we go.
However, as occasionally happens with the group, there has been only one walker for a couple of days - ME!
While I love to walk and natter, I also relish the quiet time alone with just me and the beach - especially as the mornings are becoming lighter and spring is definitely in the air.
So I got to thinking about a poem by William Blake "Auguries of Innocence"
"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour..."
Which is my roundabout way of explaining that I see so much on my walks on the beach - it's the same beach every day, but different. That whole world changes - those grains of sand and every sunrise and change of tide brings a whole new swag of treasures.
Whoa! There are so many life analogies here!
Anyhow, here's some of what the camera and I saw this beautiful spring morning...
|An unusual black scallop shell|
|Tidal lines in the dawn|
|Oh, something moved! It's a sandhopper and he's transparent!|
|There's colour and texture in this cockle shell - it reminds me of cockling with the kids - squeels of delight as they find them in the sand of the shallows with their feet!|
|A gull's head skeleton|
|Two horse mussel shells locked together - I love the shiny bits on the ends|
|there were a few transparent horse mussel shells today - I wonder if they are albinos?|
|This one is HUGE!|
|Some little blue lipped mussel shells - you can eat these but there are green lipped mussel farms in the Bay - they're the best ones to eat|
Poor old gummy shark - I wonder what happened to him?
|Lovely texture in this wee cockle shell|
|Not so many crab shells today - sometimes there are loads of them!|
|Oh this is a nice one|
|This one's been kicking around for a while - I love the worm holes in it|
|Turret shells - I once made a path of these and collected them by the sackful. The path glowed in the moonlight!|
|Oh, that's a pretty one!|
|Haha! I tried to photograph a fishing shag...and this is what I got :)|