090116: On the Shore

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Almost everyone I know who vacations at a beach has a bag or box full of sea shells as souvenirs of the visit. There is something special about them. Perhaps it’s their seeming delicacy despite surviving the battering of the waves. Or maybe they are just kind of cool!

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I feel all that as I walk along the shore – captured by the seashells that wash up. The images I have for you today alternate between some of the shells that I found in Maine a couple of weeks ago and other fossil shells from my last visit shooting at the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy. These ancestors of today’s seashells, if I recall correctly, range on age from six to twenty million years old!

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And, aside from the quality of the individual specimens, it seems on the surface that not much has changed for them.

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As a point of reference, the earliest manifestation of humans, the first hominins,began to appear approximately 2.8 million years ago.

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Personally, I love these references to time. It helps to see with a bit of perspective.

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When I walk along the shore I simply cannot ignore the rocks.

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Thanks for the visit.

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