One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few. One moon shell is more impressive than three. There is only one moon in the sky.…Gradually one discards and keeps just the perfect specimen; not necessarily a rare shell, but a perfect one of its kind. One sets it apart by itself, ringed around by space…. For it is only framed in space that beauty blooms. Only in space are events and objects and people unique and significant—and therefore beautiful.
– Anne Morrow Lingbergh, Gift from the Sea
Mermaid’s Purse, or skate’s egg case.
Mermaid’s Necklace, or whelk’s egg case
Heart shaped rock
Ark clam shell
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Photos ©2012, Jen Payne