Sand Dollar, Bull’s Island SC

As you read this (always assuming!), the Big Guy and I are home again. But as this is posted, we’re in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, searching out the shy agate and the wily sand dollar.

This sand dollar, however, is from a beach in South Carolina.

But wherever I find then, there isn’t anything much finer than that moment of discovery.

Close-up of irregular sand dollar on beach.

Imperfect specimen; perfect moment.


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12 Responses to Sand Dollar, Bull’s Island SC

  1. Jim Robertson says:

    Hope you find lots of agate to go with your sand dollar finds.

    Do you cut and polish the agate?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – All I ever find are wee bits of agate – nothing that could be polished. Right now we’re in steady rain, so beach time might be limited.

  2. Really like these objects in situ. 😀

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – I’ll keep that in mind. I think it’s a bit like the advice on photographing birds and other people: Don’t get just the bird, get its situ, too.

  3. Kate says:

    Absolutely beautiful picture Isabel!
    I don’t know how you’re so good at finding sand dollars 🙂

  4. Sand dollars are the best proof we have that God anticipated and approves of tourism and beach combing.

  5. It seems so today: Alex moved his right arm. Twice.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – That is great news. I’m so sorry he’s had a stroke, but delighted he’s showing signs of recovery.

  6. Last night I followed your link to your 2011 Gift from the Sea, an exquisitely beautiful essay to rival Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s similarly named, slim collection of meditations on life through sea shells. What is it about the careful delineation of rational thought shone upon feelings that soothes the tumult of a fellow soul, as though perceptual nerve fibre by fibre the grief of the world’s woes can be examined through the beauty and harmony of Creation and laid to rest? I will take some shells to Alex.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – Thank you for your kind words. That’s one of my favourite essays (and one of my favourite activities). Maybe Alex would like some nice rocks, too.

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