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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Letters leap out at me  – whenever I walk, wherever I walk…

A 'v' spread onto the beach sand

A ‘v’ spread onto the beach sand

The stick 'r' was found on the beach

A stick ‘r’ was found on beach sand

An f was found on the sand too

An ‘f ‘ was found on beach sand too

A 'Y' is easy to find in trees

A ‘Y’ is easy to find in trees

Letters from nature are also found on driveways and streets…

After rain, worms wriggled onto the driveway

After rain, worms wriggles onto the driveway

Not quite what Cheri spoke of – but fascinating for young children learning letters  on their literacy journeys…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Two ‘threes’ photo-stories emerge
from my walk on the beach this morning…

Three terns on the beach
and one is pecking for pipis.

Two terns together on the beach
and one is pecking for pipis.

One tern is on the beach
and he stops pecking for pipis…
when he hears the click of the camera.

PicMonkey Collage

Further down the beach
I venture up the lookout.
Flip-flops wait on the deck
as the tide tumbles in…

Read and see more ‘threes’ stories here.

Stranded Stars

Alone on a sandy beach. A leisurely walk on a sunny afternoon.
Suddenly, spot a stranded starfish.

Two weeks later. Another beach.
Another leisurely walk on a sunny afternoon.
This time, with our son (Let’s call him Fred).

It’s hot. 34C. Wear flip-flops. Burning sand, too hot for bare feet.
See washed up coconuts, dried seaweed, assorted shells and sticks and twigs.

A fallen tree trunk, now a giant, sun-bleached log, rests on the sand.
I rest on the log. Fred walks over and rests beside me.
We watch a man on a paddle board glide into shore. Three small children run to meet him whilst their mother waits in the shade of the trees.

Suddenly, Fred gets up from the log and takes several steps. He stares at something on the sand. I get up and look too.
A blue-ringed octopus?
Fred pauses.
No. Only five legs. I thought it was a snake at first.

The stranded creature looks hard and dry. Using a long, thin rock and a flat rock,  Fred carries it to a shady part of the beach. It looks brittle and we don’t want to break it. Fred places it gently on a brown leaf. The mystery creature is beautifully preserved, I assume by the sea salt and the sun, flat and hard like a pressed flower.

Britttle Star

We find out later, it’s a Brittle Star  – in the Starfish family.

We also find out that marine scientists are trying to rename ‘starfish‘ as Sea Stars – because they are not ‘fish’.

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