West End living is best cause there’s a beach just down the block and walks there keep me feeling close to home. I actually live closer to the water now than I ever did in Florida so I’ve gotten to be pretty good friends with the little gray bay we’ve got here. The sand is gritty and dark and brown. The wind is usually cold and not once in two years have I been in the water barefooted. There is a sense of beauty to the gray and, especially on a winter’s day, the calmness of the water is striking next to the mountains in the background and the sleepy trees.
In travels to nearby and less populated places, I’ve been impressed by the sea creatures here… anemones, sea stars with arms numbering in the double digits, giant oysters, reddish purple crabs… but here downtown it’s mostly just pieces of kelp and the apparently quite hardy, little slate-colored mussels. I guess that’s the best you can get for a historically polluted part of the sea (again, no swimming for me, kids).
What we do have is a littering of sea glass which keeps finding its way into my pockets. I sat down last year to take some images of the collection I’ve gathered and just stumbled on them tonight. Here’s a few favorites.