Hulls Cove, Maine; November 25, 2014 (Beachcombing series No.86)

photographs and text by Jennifer Steen Booher

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In this photo: Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis), stone encrusted with Coralline, Northern Rock Barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides), Waved Whelk (Buccinum undatum), sea brick, Rock Crab (Cancer irroratus), beach stone, lobster claw band, polyprolylene rope (probably from a lobster trap), nursery plant tag, Periwinkles (either Littorina littorea or L.saxatilis), maple seed (Acer sp.), lobster claw (Homarus americanus), Smooth Periwinkle (Littorina obtusata), corn kernel, Paper Birch bark (Betula papyrifera), pink granite, sea glass, acorn (Quercus sp.), Knotted Wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum), Green Crab (Carcinus maenas), styrofoam, Dogwinkle or Dog Whelk (Nucella lapillus), coal, driftwood.

At 7:30am on November 25 it was relatively warm at 59ºF, but there was a chill wind in the shade. The sun was still working its way up over the hills when I arrived, and then clouds blew in and it stayed grey all day. There had been a storm the day before, and I had driven by that afternoon to watch the surge. When I see the waves pounding the shore like that I realize what a miracle it is that I ever find a single unbroken shell! There was more kelp than usual, along with some big quahogs and coralline-crusted stones. There’s one at the bottom of the 3rd column from the left. I was struck by how similar the coralline looks to the styrofoam piece in the upper right. When they are half-buried in mud it’s really hard to tell them apart!

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