Monday, April 4, 2011

C if for...

Coming back from the pool, I noticed that my daughter and Angel had returned from the beach much sooner than expected.  "Mom", she said,"we've got a surprise for you."  As I got closer, I saw a bright blue pail sitting on the stoop outside the slider.  Peering into the bucket, I saw a huge shell through the crystal clear ocean water.

Angel reached down into the bucket and grapsing it in his hand lifted it out with ease.  The bumpy uneven surface of the exterior was rather mundane being varying shades of brown and tan.  Swirls of muted colors merged with the darker shades and tones of the same.  However, turning it over revelaed an entirely different picture.

The sheen was that of pristine glass.  The vibrant chocolate brown seemed to draw me in closer as I reached to run my fingers along the wavy edges.  Perception was reality.  It was as smooth as silk.  The ripples along the inner portion of the giant conch shell were as white as could be.  The creature inside retracted as far back as possible as if to say you cannot come in.

After borrowing, observing and relishing this thing of beauty, it was time to return it to it's rightful owner.  Carrying the pail across the road, it was placed gently beneath the soft white sand in the clear blue Caribbean.  It was where it belonged...it was home.

17 comments:

Karen said...

What an amazing find!!....

Nancy said...

Nothing man-made could ever be so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it, JP! :)

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

Conch shells are so beautiful. Don't forget to have conch fritters, conch salad or conch chowder while you're there. Nothing like fresh conch.

Donna said...

I can see you are having a fabulous time...the shell is gorgeous! If you have time I recommend the jeep tour...we had a marvelous time doing that when we were there. I'm enjoying watching what happens. Thanks for the 5 minute visual vacation! Have fun!!

Sonya Heilmann said...

Wow! That was beautiful!

mybabyjohn said...

I'm glad you put it back.

Old Hen with a Pen said...

THAT is absolutely gorgeous. I, too, am glad it went back to it's home. I'm loving your A-Z blogs. Hope you're all having a really great time on your trip. Be safe!!

Retired Knitter said...

Beautiful shell and story.

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Great post...the shell is lovely! Awesome how you put the critter back.

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Great post...the shell is lovely! Awesome how you put the critter back.

texwisgirl said...

how neat to see one alive!

Sandra said...

the little critters inside are a tiny tad spooky to me, the shell is wonderful and I am happy you put him/her back in the water.

baygirl32 said...

what a great find, it has an intresting shell

stopping in from the A to Z
http://baygirl32.blogspot.com

Kris Yankee said...

Fellow A to Z Challenger stopping by...what an amazing photo! Absolutely gorgeous.

Patricia Stoltey said...

The conch photo is lovely. I'm so glad you let it go home.

Manzanita said...

Feels good when you return thing to their proper place, doesn't it? Your header is a picture i could stare at for a long time. Do you live there? What a marvelous place to live.
Manzanita
Wanna buy a duck

forestwalk/laura k said...

awesome shell!!! and it's a nice thing that you put it back where it came from...but that would have been so hard for me to do...

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