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:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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!!

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  4. I'm glad you put it back.

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  5. 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!!

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

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

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  8. 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.

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  9. what a great find, it has an intresting shell

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

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

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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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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