Me you know what I go looking for...you will probably not believe me...my sanity...it is a place where I can go looking for those treasures , broken whelk shells, or half scallops or maybe a purple sand dollar ,,,yup I found one it was beautiful....but alas the pups tried to eat it...
Ummm I digress....I go there because when I have those massive stressful days, weeks and months if I can go walk on the beach , listening to the waves watching the birds and looking for treasures amongst the sand and sea grass ..they all calm me down and remind me how to breath and think and clear the cobwebs from the stress. I can spend hours when I have them just walking and looking...and collecting...I used to collect tons , but now I have learned to be more selective and only pick pieces I can use in my jewelry or art. After being on the beach I can go back to the "real"? world and deal with things one more time....
So when you come visit the Outer Banks or you live here ...grab a plastic bag, maybe a camera or sketch book and go for a walk ...turn the cell phone off and leave the watch in the car....and then create something fabulous with your finds or put them in an anti-stress bowl that sits where you can see it and pick them up to go back to the beach in your memory till the next beach combing trip.
|Red Shale ....basically little pieces of everything ...great to look through ....but drive through in 4 wd you might get stuck|
|Water rippled sand....|
|this was just the way I found them and left them there only taking a picture|
|Sanderlings don't mind sharing the beach|
|there is peace here ...let it in|
|Waves bringing in new treasures to be found|
|This is one treasure I wished I could have brought home its so cool but I have great pics|
|A really good place to look for the special pieces and the rare sea glass|
|long lazy beaches made to find your sanity and take your stress away...so much better than Calgon|
|This was a old motorcycle helmet liner that had been in the ocean a long while and ...|
|Became a home to many little crustaceans ....carpenter shells and elephant ears...|
|A shipwreck temporarily visible till the next tide covers it up|
|on my favorite treasures a glass mussel|
|Even Broken Shells have beauty and with a little wire a few beads it become a beauty from the sea|
|I love the pattern the water makes with the shells....|
|Water's edge is a great place to find the special shells|
|do you see the treasure here....not the big shell but the beautiful little piece of dark purple wampum hidden by it|
|even birds are beach combing...for their meals....|