More beach treasures... - The Dainty Squid

More beach treasures...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last week I admitted my love of picking up trash on the beach. I was blown away by the amount of people who responded they loved to do the same! That Tuesday (the day I did my photo an hour post for January) was the perfect day to do so, the wind wasn't blowing and that's just about the only factor that makes it not a good day to go to the beach in my opinion. It's so bitterly cold there in the winter when the wind blows. We got to the beach with about twenty minutes to spare before the sun set and this is what I found...
Maybe it's just me but I think these would make pretty cool post cards - especially the first one. I like weird post cards and I think getting one of beach trash on it would be pretty hilarious.  I don't really think we have that much trash on the beach compared to other beaches though. When I was younger my family and I went to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My cousin who is severely allergic to poison ivy got some before we even left my house so we had to go to the emergency room shortly after we got to SC. In the emergency room, I will never forget, there was a lady with a fish hook stuck in each of her big toes. Oh my gosh, that makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it happening to me. So, yeah, I'd much rather step on a tampon applicator or lighter at the beach than something like that. I rarely see anything fishing related, like bobbers or those fake fish bait things, on the beach, I consider us fairly lucky.

Wait, here's another gross beach story, slightly unrelated but while we're on the subject I need to share! One time, a few years back, Kevin and I went to the beach, laid out a blanket and hung out for a while. A few minute pass, sniff, sniff, sniff...Kevin, I smell dead fish! Gross! He responds that he doesn't smell a thing. We stayed for a half an hour or so before I couldn't stand the smell anymore and we got up to leave. When I picked up the blanket to shake all the sand off of it there was the culprit - a dead fish. I had been laying on it the whole time. Hahaha.

In other beach related events - the lake still isn't frozen, last year it had been frozen for about a month already by this time. I'm almost kind of bummed. Of course, I'm enjoying this weather but I was pretty stoked to go back and see the beach when it was frozen again, it was such an amazingly beautiful sight last year. (You can see photos here)

I swear I won't post photos of trash every time I go to the beach, just every once and while. ;) I hope you have a great Thursday. (Can you believe it's Thursday already, I can't!) I'm going to do some baking today, someone has been requesting my vegan banana bread for about a week. I'm also going to start plotting how I'd like to photograph clothing for CBV. So exciting!
xoxo

You Might Also Like

47 thoughts

  1. Omigosh the fishhooks--I'm not a big fan of fish in the water, or fishing so I would flip out if that happened!!

    I live in Florida and there is a state park that used to have a pier going out to a huge lake, one summer the lake completely dried up except for this maybe 4x4 foot puddle of a hole. There were dead fish everywhere and Soooo many trying to fight for their lives in that little hole. It was really sad :(

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think I'm too much of a germaphobe to pick things up on the beach! maybe with gloves. I'm in Indianapolis, so there's no beach close (well, lake michigan, but it's 4 hours away). when we visit my boyfriend's family in san diego we go to the beach... there's not much trash there, but there are some crazy creatures! i'll have to dig up the post from my old blog and repost it, but you can see the photos here (bottom of set): http://www.flickr.com/photos/eef-ink/sets/72157625102689413/

    ReplyDelete
  3. L.O.V.E. I.T. !
    and I think you are onto something with a new postcard collection 8-)!

    I'm constantly out there picking up seaglass and see a LOT of this stuff, and pick up my share of randomness along the way - glad to see that I'm not alone!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I tottaly agree that that would be a super awsome postcard!! do you take this stuff home with you or leave it? If I lived around somewhere like that where I could collect cool lil things like that I would tottaly take it all home and get a piece of ply wood and a hot glue gun and start a beach trash collage. I do the same thing with random car and motorcyle parts and bolts but that stuff is sooo much more interesting!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nice little collection of things. I miss living close to a beach. I use to live 10 minutes from the ocean in Laguna Beach, CA. I have so many many beach stories I wouldn't even know where to begin!
    Jes just made more Organic Wheat Bread...we decided to not buy our bread anymore :)Have fun baking today!

    ~Erica

    http://ericaliveloverandom.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  6. I don't think I mentioned this on your last beach garbage post but...my dad and I used to go to the beach near his house and collect garbage. We didn't stop there though...We made it into people! One time we found a bunch of beer cans and made a guy who we named "Juan Toomany" (one too many, get it) I know where I get my lame sense of humour from!

    ReplyDelete
  7. i think the postcard idea is really neat. i love collecting and sending unique postcards!

    ReplyDelete
  8. wow, you have crazy talent for taking trash and arranging it so pretty! I love that you're cleaning the beach as you go.. they should give you an award there!
    baha about the dead fish.... I remember when I was a teenager wearing a tye-dye shirt full of rips (because that was cool.. right?) and diving into a lake - only to come up to the surface with a dead fish trapped in my shirt! ack!.... never wore it again.
    Happy plotting/baking day!
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest

    ReplyDelete
  9. I should start photographing subway trash. Sometimes it's really funny!

    ReplyDelete
  10. svelteSTUFF, I never find sea glass! I really want to though!

    HellcatMama, I throw it away after I'm done. Not gonna lie though, if I find something really awesome I bring it home to put on my desk. I have a small little collection of odd things I just couldn't throw away. From the day pictured here I only brought home one thing - the top half of that little action figure guy.

    Elycia, Hahahah.

    Mel, EW! That's probably the grossest thing ever!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. From this batch I think I would have kept the heart-shaped glasses and the dog bone thing!

    I like how you're always looking for something to do or to pick up everywhere you go. I guess you're NEVER bored anywhere? :) Lucky you!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow, you found some pretty cool stuff :) ♥ It would actually make awesome postcards!
    x

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh gosh the fish hook story was terrible! ): I can't imagine I go to beach for having fun and get fish hook on my toes instead.
    Anyway it's really a cool idea! didn't expect that beach trash are this pretty :'>

    ReplyDelete
  14. They would make lovely postcards indeed! Now I can't wait to go back home next week and look for 'trash' on the beach too ^^

    ReplyDelete
  15. I like the way you laid everything out. There's not much trash on my beach, I guess that's a good thing.
    Dead fish are so creepy!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I think you're right. These photographs would be a really neat postcard! I miss living near the coast so terribly.

    ReplyDelete
  17. i don't even understand how a bunch of trash can look so interesting when it is grouped together like that. i like your trash posts! haha.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love the beach collection. Reminds me of being a kid on our vacations and returning home with all our treasures that we found at the beach. I always thought there was a good story behind each piece...even the most random plastic sand toy pieces. Finding treasures in the simple joys of life...always a good reminder.
    Postcard are a great idea too!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am terrified of dead fish. Without a word of a lie, I freeze and can't move if there is one near me on the beach! You are so lucky you survived! haha. In reality though, the beach near my house is covered in very large dead carp. Carp are soooo freaking ugly. I avoid that beach like the plague. There isn't a lot of garbage, but the fish are too much for me!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I was looking at your beach collection pics, and was also thinking how great these would be to sell. They remind me of the "Eye Spy" books.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I had a friend in college whose grandmother collected trash from the beach and she would make art with them by collecting all in the same colors and attach them to a piece of wood...either all the same color or grouping the colors...which is something i've always wanted to do (or even spray paint all the pieces a certain color) And vegan banana bread sounds so good right now. :) -Lo

    ReplyDelete
  22. Your fish story reminded me of mine! I live right by the Mississippi and I was making my way down some rocks to get to the water. On the last step to the water my BARE foot landed on a dead fish and it made the worst squishy/airy sound ever. Not to mention it felt awful! haha

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love these posts, no other bloggers do anything like this! I love that you adventure to a beach and find trash. I do believe the saying about one mans trash is another mans treasure. Who knows who owned these items before and their story. As far as that dead fish story, I would of puked and cried. Gross. :\ Haha.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I wouldn't mind if you did post more trash photos!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I think the last one would make such a lovely postcard!

    Ciara xx
    www.atrickleofmeaning.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love your beach trash photos. I collect postcards and would totally get one of beach trash. One thing I love about living North is watching all the I ice fisherman. They haven't really been out yet. Our river isn't frozen yet either.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think you should make postcards out of the first picture! I think it would be awesome! :)

    http://withlovemadelinegrace.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. just a quick question, do you actually keep all of these things? if so, what do you DO with them once you get them home...haha. just curious.

    and yes, neat idea for postcards!

    ReplyDelete
  29. the bone is pretty cool, as well as the heart shapes sunglasses (minus the glasses).
    my boyfriend and I love searching the beaches in the netherlands and we usually find sharks teeth, I've been collecting them since I was little :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Really interesting random stuffs you found at the beach! A dog must have lost its bone while playing catch. It's a really warm winter over my side too. Last year this time, I was skating on the frozen lake. But the lake sure doesn't look like its going to be frozen this year.

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

    ReplyDelete
  31. I think you're right! I'd be pumped to get any of these pictures as a postcard. :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love these posts! I love finding rocks and things on the beach but have never thought about picking up the "trash" or items like that. So fun!
    Also, you could totally make your own I Spy book!!!! That would be amazing lol

    ReplyDelete
  33. ew. dead fish. ew

    i love the last photo. straight down. it looks AWESOME!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I came across a video called One Plastic Beach on vimeo a couple of weeks ago and then saw your pictures on flickr and thought I had to share it with you.

    It's about a couple who collect discarded items on the beach and make art out of it. It really makes you realize how you can find something amazing in any place if you just take the time to look.

    Here is the link. Hope you like it :)
    http://vimeo.com/18672227

    ReplyDelete
  35. While visually pleasing and well curated, I still can't get over how upsetting it is that there is this much plastic trash washing up on a beach.

    While I would not relish a fish hook in the foot, it makes sense to me to see a fish hook on the shore. It's horrifying to see two tampon applicators washing up because it makes me sad for the marine life and habitats in the area.

    I know in no way are you responsible for the trash (and it's great you are collecting what you can and throwing it out). They are very lovely photographs, but at the same time very sad for me to see.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I never really thought that picking up "trash" at the beach could be fun, but looking at your pictures makes me appreciate the found treasures in a whole new way.
    XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  37. AH!!! I love this. I agree, that first one (or any of them!) would make a GREAT post card. Also, I love animals - all animals. All critters, really. Even some insects. OKAY, all insects (but some do creep me out... But I still like 'em.)

    *Anyway!* One time when Jen and I were working a seasonal job, we took our dog Bud out to the water. I was lying on the rocky little ditch with my feet in the water, just enjoying myself. My head was on the ground. I turned and right there, next to my face, was a dead fish. I get shivers every time I think of this!!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I think beach trash postcards would be an awesome idea!! you should make them and sell them in your shop! or just give them away on the blog...

    ReplyDelete
  39. Ahhh the fishhook story gave me chills how painful! The dead fish while gross did make me giggle haha I am sorry =) I agree that the first photo would make a great post card! You found some pretty nifty stuff again this trip!

    ReplyDelete
  40. You find such cute stuff on your beach! I've never seen such cool things on the beaches I go to, lol.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Good for you. I scuba dive and rarely see that stuff close to shore (underwater)... because it drifts way far out into the deep ocean. Keep it up.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I don't know if you know her art, but Sabine Timm uses her beach treasures for fantastic little sceneries: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25179368@N06/

    ReplyDelete
  43. hey you should submit those to things organized neatly!

    ReplyDelete
  44. That's so beautiful.... I always pick up things I find in the streets... And I have my "objects found box"!!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Since you like to pick up beach trash you might find this video incredibly interesting... it's about all the plastic in Hawaii that the albatross eat. The second half of the clip is what you may find fascinating/disturbing http://youtu.be/iVjue0R5tHQ

    ReplyDelete
  46. just found you from a pin on pintrest-amazing art but also sad-been picking up beach crap all my life it seems-please people pick up stuff you see and throw it away before it goes back to ocean floors to be eaten.

    ReplyDelete


follow along @thedaintysquid.