Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gifts from the sea

Sea shells must be one of nature's

most beautiful creations.

Just like human beings, no two are alike.

They contain the mysteries of the deep

within their folds and crevices.

Often times I find their imperfections

are what appeals to me the most.

When displayed individually in a sculptural glass jar,

a sea star becomes a piece of art.

Bits of mother-of-pearl add textural contrast

to a smooth, milk glass bowl.

A grouping of some of my favorite shells

sits proudly atop the piano.

More sea-polished bits are collected in a wooden bowl

lined with mother-of-pearl.

Broken, fragmented shells rest proudly atop

a lacy plate. The shades of gray remind me

of overcast days at the beach.

Even the lampshade joins the party.

Unlike Anne Morrow Lindberg, I have not had the

luxury of spending solitary time

on a sea island gathering my own shells

as the tides roll in and out.

These have been gleaned from the collection of others

(family and friends), and thus bring their

stories into my home.

In this case, each shell is literally a gift.

They serve as reminders of those gone before,

both human and crustacean.

They help me stay connected to the ebb and flow,

the rhythms of communion and solitude,

which punctuate my life.

And lastly they keep me connected to the

humble beauty of nature's treasures.

Until next time...


  1. Hi Anne! Checking in from Savannah to see what you've been up to. Loving the sea shells....just scattered a bunch around my own house the other night. We'd had a big storm and the power was out and I had to think of things to do that didn't involve the garden {too dark} or technology. So, pulled out my summer bin and got out the sea shells. They are such unique and beautiful gifts from nature. I love A.M.L.'s book, too.
    xx Suzanne

  2. hi anne,

    what a beautiful collection you have. i love walking the beach and picking them up, so soothing.

    how is the house thing going?


  3. I always love your pictures and the thoughts that go with them! Enjoy your day Anne!

  4. Hi there Anne,
    I love seashells....they are so delicate and yet.....not !! I love their colours and that beautiful Mother of Pearl on the inside that is soooo smooth.
    I really love the way that you have displayed yours. Just beautiful.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my giveaway post.
    Have a lovely week, Anne. XXXX

  5. Beautifully written Anne!

    I just came back from a walk on the beach with my son and husband. Our beach is on the ocean so there are so many shells to discover. I've started quite the collection since moving here!
    Enjoy your day!
    Pamela xo

  6. I do love shells whether whole, broken, fossils, bits of mother of pearl. I bring them back from trips and put them in old mason jars to remember my trip. Much better than tacky trinkets or sombreros!

    I love the way you have used them around your home. Isn't nature so wonderful!

  7. Anne, so well written as always. I love shells so much too!



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