Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Selections # 277

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week we're back at the beach.

now there's a handy sign!

the miniature train line which runs from Semaphore Beach to Fort Granville, goes right past Noonies Cafe.

there it is, heading to Semaphore. It's a single track; the train goes all the way, stops for a few minutes so people can stretch their legs, take photos etc, then runs back.

part of the enclosed playground next to the cafe. In summer this depression is filled with water and little children slide down the slippery dip (slide) to splash down into the water.

the other end of the same playground.

one of the taller mounds of seaweed

there's those waves again.

a water run-off channel etched into the sand

a pale blue sky break in the grey cloud blanket.

seaweed and a shell, a cowrie I think.

and a conch? these are small, not longer than my thumb.

looks like coral? but soft and spongy.

some of the seaweed was in pretty colours

I've never seen one of these so black before,

and it has a neat little porthole so the occupant could see out :)

a bit blurry, but lacy and pretty.

and a bright orange something-or-other.

this lovely twisted shell,

had a live occupant, see it there beginning to emerge from the twist as I held it?

here he is almost all the way out. I didn't want to just put him back and let the seagulls eat him, so I threw the shell back into the ocean. Possibly that was the wrong thing to do, but I like to think I saved a tiny piece of marine life.

seaweed and just three of the dozens of seagulls out foraging.

I like the look of this type of weed; no idea what it is.

this is the one I've always called sea grapes, although I was never foolish enough to eat one.

let's finish with a small oyster shell, covered in many other small shells, but there was no pearl inside. I cleaned this one and brought it home, it looks so interesting.


  1. All lovely. The beach is a wonderful place. I suspect that peephole had a less wonderful reason though...

  2. I love shells. I have a few on the shelf surrounding my bathroom sink...left overs from my island days and I will never through them away...I don't have the heart to do so. I have my own private little superstition that it would be bad luck for me to do so. I know that this feeling is not universal and not shared by others...but it is my own little, probably silly, belief. :)

    I hope you have a wonderful week, River. Cuddles to Angel. :)

  3. Love the beach photos and all lovely things you pick up along the way.

  4. We used to collect sea shells to put in out plants to deter cats from digging. Fewer plants, and they are on the kitchen windowsill.

  5. Who could ever tire of beach photos. We used to squeeze the seaweed grapes at each other when we were kids. It was only salty water inside.

  6. Elephant's Child; I'm not sure about the peephole, I think they're made by some sort of sea worm drilling in to eat what's inside.

    Author R. Mac Wheeler; good to be able to keep an eye on the weather and maybe keep an eye on who or what might be approaching.

    Lee; nothing at all wrong with a little superstition; I'm sure we all have one or two. I have my shells in a glass ashtray by the front window, where they're safely out of the way of Angel. I could have them in the bathroom, that room gets so dusty with talc and drier fluff, I'd hate to be forever moving and cleaning delicate shells along with everything else.

    Grace; the beach after a huge tide is a great place to wander and fossick.

    Joanne; I didn't know shells would deter cats, I have white gravel in some of my pots, the rest have to look after themselves. The cats mostly leave them alone.

    Andrew; we used to carry them onto the jetty and stomp on them where there were people underneath on the sand.

    fishducky; I wonder if there is anyone who doesn't?

  7. What a wonderful assortment of goodies you've provided us with today.
    Loved that little piece of blue sky peeping through the cloud and all those shells and what I think could be pieces of coral.
    Like the idea of the miniature train as well.
    I wonder if you will get some of the stormy weather we had in Perth yesterday. May have worn itself out a bit when it reaches you; at least I hope so. A large shopping centre near us flooded as well as many streets etc.

  8. Enjoyed you sand and shells. Good, what a big pile of seaweed.

  9. .. Hi River.... I like sea shells and have some that I've collected over the years....
    It's fascinating what you can find on beaches.. Glad you enjoyed yourself..
    ...hugs... Barb xxxx