Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Muted

Sea Glass from Fort Bragg, California

It's rainy and sleety today. I went out for a brief walk and took a few photos I'll be posting over the next few days, including a picture of the woman who lives in the house with this gate. Today's photo is a picture of a jar of sea glass I keep on a bookshelf in my office. If the sills around my windows were deeper, I'd set it in the window so it could catch nature's light.

Sea Glass : Coloring the world in soft, muted tones...

I collected this sea glass in Fort Bragg, California, at Glass Beach. If you haven't been to Fort Bragg, the aforementioned beach is on the north end of town and use to be a garbage dump. I guess there was a time when coastal municipalities just pulled their trash trucks to the edge of the ocean and dumped their garbage. Thankfully, this is no longer the practice. The result, though, is tons of broken glass that has been tumbled in the ocean creating soft, almost pebble-like bits of beauty.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 01/09

12 comments:

Maya said...

Beautiful!

marley said...

That is really pretty. Lovely with the light coming through.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Thank you.


Marley: Thanks! Amazing what you can do with a MagLite!

Bob Crowe said...

Never heard about this place or the phenomenon itself. So, in one way, old Coke bottles can make the world beautiful. Nice work.

Virginia said...

Oh this is gorgeous. I would love this jar so much. I have an author / illustrator/ storyteller, Ashley Bryan-look him up. He makes stained glass windows from sea glass he picks up at this home in Isleford, Maine. An amazing man, artist etc. I have met him twice. Wow! Lucky I am.

The Artful Eye said...

Gorgeous! I'm familiar with Fort Bragg beach and have found my share of tumbled glass and sticks along that coast.

I love how the light shines through the colored glass. My kitchen window has two shelves of vintage colored glass and marbles for this same effect.

Magical!

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

cool---you got the lava lamp outdone.

D.C. Confidential said...

Bob: Occasionally, a bit of trash becomes a treasure!


VJ: I'll check out Ashley's work. I've always wondered what stained glass from sea glass would look like.


Andrea: My house is full of jars and bottles with sea glass and agates and shells from Humboldt County in the north all the way down to Pismo Beach on the central coast. I can't seem to walk on the beach without picking up a seashell or piece of glass or stick of driftwood or a sand dollar. Now, if I could just bottle the sound and smell of the ocean, life would be perfect!


Sterl: Welcome! You're right about that. The added advantage is, sea glass in a jar with some water isn't a fire hazard!

Godinla said...

I love how the light from the bottom illuminates the whole jar. Really cool.

D.C. Confidential said...

Brian: Thank you! I love sea glass and wish I had a window with a deeper sill so the sun could shine on this bottle. For now, though, this will suffice.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

To pretty!

D.C. Confidential said...

Lisa: Thanks! Sea glass in a bottle with some water is almost as good as stained glass!