Yep, finally time for me to buy proper reading glasses, cheap supermarket ones just weren’t cutting it any more. The same day I picked up my new reading glasses I had also collected a couple of litres of shell grit earlier from Parry beach. That night I sat down with a few bowls, put on some music and picked through the shell grit looking for whole shells and this was the result.
I sorted them roughly by size into a few containers, the smallest ones were tiny.
You can fit about 4 or 5 of the smallest shells into the same space as a match head. It goes to show that when you slow down and look around you, look for the little things, even what you might be walking on. You can find amazing things where it seems like there’s nothing, the beach looked bare as if nothing was there.
Pretty unexciting bit of coast line, rocks and sand with some shell grit here and there.
This is the raw shell grit mix, if you look closely you can see a few whole shells, there’s also a lot of broken barnacle, rocks, coral and other broken bits of shell. Yet once you pick through the nice bits, you end up with a fabulous collection of natural jewels.
A multitude of shapes and colours some of them are exact little miniatures of shapes you probably know well while others are out of this world.
This is all of the shells mixed, look closely and you’ll see some of the tiny shells sticking on the outside of the larger ones or perhaps just inside some of the larger shells.
He you can see the size comparison of the shells against the smallest coin in Australia.
And how cool is that to find a sharks tooth in among it all. If it wasn’t for the new reading glasses I could never have separated them, at least not those tiny little ones, they looked like large grains of sand.