Thursday, May 5, 2011

One Beautiful Thing ~ five

I am a minimalist. I don't like clutter. I feel so much lighter and happier with less. Yet I still find myself collecting things....only a few things... like books and heart shaped stones and sea glass.

But like any serious collector, I am very selective. I won't pick up any old piece of glass I find lying on the beach reflecting beams of sunlight, putting on its best sparkle, trying to capture my attention. Amongst that starry display, I only choose the ones of a certain colour. The frosty whites, soft sage greens and icy blues. The blue ones are rare gems.

It amazes me that something so benign as water can shape and alter things so dramatically. Billions of tiny droplets unleash from a cloud to turn streams into raging rivers....those same droplets are capable of sculpting canyons out of rock walls...and the sea, containing unfathomable numbers of tiny droplets smooth sharp glass edges into polished stones. How many times must a piece of broken glass be thrown against the beach, dragged out to sea, then thrown at the earth some more before it becomes rounded and water etched? It is almost as though the sea is trying to turn the glass back into sand though it prefers it in its most natural state.

Water and rocks have had a tumultuous relationship for a very very long time. And I love to reap the benefits.


  1. Seaglass reminds me of my childhood, we used to collect it like it was rare treasure and spend hours marvelling over all the different colors. Of course these days it really is.

  2. i am becoming that minimalist....and only the best of my collections will stay from this point on....

  3. Oh, to be able to wander along a beach and find my very own sea glass.. or maybe even an intact glass float...... amazing....

  4. You know how I feel about sea glass, I have my own collection. It's my favorite part of beachcombing. It's amazing how different the shades are here as opposed to yours.

  5. I don't think I have ever seen or held sea glass so this seems so beautiful. The colors are all so soft and sweet. Finding a heart shaped piece must be like finding a 4-leaf clover

  6. I love sea glass. So clean and pure. True signs of a minimalist!