2021—She Sells SeaShells…

By scrounging around in boxes and drawers for macro subjects, I have rediscovered lots of treasures long forgotten. This, for example, was one of my exciting discoveries on the beach at Port Aransas, Texas many years ago. It is a Sundial Shell. My dear friend Susan and I walked the beach every morning and searched for shells which were few and far between on the Port A beach. Serious shell hunters had already scoured the beach before we arrived and gleaned any good shells. We lucked out every once in a while. Each year, the types and numbers of shells were different. One year I collected only black scallop shells. Sometimes the beach was covered with tiny, colorful butterfly shells, none of which ever made it home intact. Sand dollars were always an exciting discovery but finding an undamaged one was close to impossible. And finding the coveted Lightning Whelk was reason for celebration. I found quite a few sundial shells and I love how they look almost like a spiral staircase. Most of the shells I returned with were filled with sand, usually imperfect, and unfortunately, occasionally still housing their original owners something that became quite apparent a few days after my return. Once again, I used my Nikkor Z MC 105mm lens but only two SB 5000 speed lights and took 150 images, stacking them into one using HeliconFocus software.