Saturday, January 09, 2010

Thematic Photographic 83: "What I Did On My Vacation" v.3.0 - Circle of Life


"Ever feel this way?"
North Topsail Beach, NC - December 2009(Click to embiggen)

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I've never managed to find one of these intact on the beach. Rare enough that I see this much of one all in one place actually. So I'm guessing this one was still in one piece not so very long before I came across it. I should probably look these guys up and find out what kind of creature it is that constructs them. This is sort of the oceanic version of "dust to dust" I guess. the Sand dollar is reduced back to sand, the pieces intermingled with others and a new sand dollar emerges. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Just like it's always been.
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9 comments:

snowelf said...

I've never found one intact, either. What's up with that?? :)

--snow

~Just me again~ said...

It's sad. In fact when I do get to the beach, I'm amazed at the total lack of shells and stuff there are on the beach. I'm sure when I was a kid there were way more.

Daryl said...

Never seen one in person .. so color me impressed you got that much of one!

SandyCarlson said...

I have often felt that way. I have come to expect feeling that way. But I have come to realize life is what it is. We break. And the sun sets in the West.

Mama Zen said...

What a sad and lovely picture!

The Bumbles said...

That is such a melancholy shot.

I have an intact one used as a X-Mas ornament - someone in my family found it on Myrtle Beach many moons ago and tied a red ribbon around a hole in the top to turn it into the ornament. A real treasure.

Robin said...

Is it a sand dollar? I just saw on someone else's blog (Hootin Annie's I think?) what a pain it is to preserve them, they're apparently super fragile.

Robin said...

Hit return too fast - I forgot to say that even in pieces it's a great shot - I love how crisp and tactile it is.

Ulrica said...

O yes.... I do.