found on the beach - The Dainty Squid

found on the beach

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I finally found a beach I can do one of my favorite hobbies at! Mickey and I had visited a beach right before everything thawed hoping to find some glass. I was super stoked because, although we found barely any glass, there was tons of trash. I couldn't wait to go back and collect it for one of my found on the beach trash photos. I went back right after it thawed to find they had completely cleaned up. I was starting to think maybe, just maybe, they take better care of the beaches in Cleveland than in Geneva.

Fast forward a month or so, my boyfriend Jeff takes me to this new beach he loves that I hadn't been to yet. At first I just like "Oh, this beach has lots of trash..." then it hit me and the words "this beach has lots of trash" meant something a little bit different. I couldn't wait to go back and with a tote bag and start gathering colorful trash for a photo.
I think this might even have ended up being one of my favorite sets of these found on the beach photos I've taken. I actually collected so many things that they wouldn't all fit in the photo. I'm finding my 40mm prime lens is a little bit limiting as of late and this was definitely one of those situations. I wish I could have kept building my little rectangle of trash larger and larger. I guess I have the rest of the summer to do so!
xoxo

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  1. Do you ever keep any of the colored treasure, like toys? Or do you throw them all away? Just wondering.

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    1. 99.99% of it all gets thrown away. I really don't need to be collecting trash. ;)

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  2. Do you ever keep any of it? The dinosaur and the cameraman are money!

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    1. I normally throw everything away but I couldn't resist the camera man. He's sitting on my bookshelf.

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    2. haha that's the one I woulda kept too, saw him right off and was all *yoink!*

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  3. What an interesting way to build an image. I love the what's in your bag style images on flickr and this reminds me of them, but in a what's on your beach way :)

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  4. Waaait a minute! Boyfriend?! I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and don't remember any mention of him! Is he a new acquisition?! (Sorry to be so nosy!)
    Well done for cleaning up the beach and getting rid of the trash - what a great multifunction hobby! xo
    tinygreycat.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, this is a recently "acquired" boyfriend.

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  5. This is such an awesome idea! It's nice that you actually go round a beach and get the trash and then throw it away, not many people would do that! Love the little camera man too- he's great.
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  6. The picture is great! Really colorful. It's kind of sad how little people care about public space though. Thanks for picking up more than your share!

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  7. I love these posts... I can't ever resist clicking on them. The photos are so inspiring. I would want a big black and white print of it or maybe take the treasure home and build a sculpture. Either way really cool definitely unconventional works of art!

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  8. Such a great idea! I'm moving to a new town that's near a lovely beach - might have to try something like this. I'm thinking of maybe doing a metal version. I have an amazing metal detector that hasn't been used enough. Great photos!

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  9. Eek, a syringe! It's great that you clear all this stuff away. Do you wear gloves or something to do this? I'd be pretty worried about used syringes lying around!

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    1. No, I wouldn't really consider anything I pick up any dirtier than anything else (like sand, or drift wood) on the beach since it's all spent it fair share of time in the lake before washing up.

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    2. I'd be careful in handling syringes, although it has been in the lake etc. it can still harbor diseases, and although it's capped, they can very well poke thru the lid. also you should dispose of the syringe in a proper sharps container to prevent anyone from getting pricked. Cute beach treasures tho

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  10. I looove the syringes the most. Haa! You should designate a bag for beach combing and put the "beach clean up" patch on it. Hahah. OoOOh new boyfran? You go guuurl >: )
    -Allison/swamp_pockets

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  11. Lovely colours! Sorta dreamy... I would've snatched that pink butterfly hairbarrette-thing with me home :-)

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  12. I just want to know.... who is flossing at the beach?

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  13. Haha, some of this stuff reminds me of my childhood :D
    Can't wait for more beach-trash pictures from you :)

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  14. Such a neat concept! Very cool.
    xo

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  15. This is so amazing. I can't believe the things you find. My beach just has dead carp, and that's not fun for collecting

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  16. Wow! At first glance I wouldn't have all that was trash...but I suppose it is! It just looks friggin' awesome all organized for a photo op. Totally doing this next time I hit up a sunny beach!
    wonderfulwilley.blogspot.com

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  17. As a person who has read your blog since 2008, we all want to know what happened to Kevin.

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    1. I don't understand why it's so hard to just take in some context clues and conclude he's not in my life anymore, at all. I have no interest in discussing it further with anyone. I don't mean to sound sassy about it but if I didn't mention it on here, it's probably because it's private and I have no interest in talking about it. Please respect that.

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    2. I'm sorry, but I've also been reading for some time, and had the same questions you probably do. The difference is, I respect Kaylah's privacy enough to know that she is free to share what she wishes, and keep to herself what she doesn't. Have you never been through a breakup, or any other major life change that was very personal? I'm guessing not, since you appear to feel entitled to her private details; leave things alone that aren't your business, and certainly be polite enough to ask instead of making demands. Just because she has a blog doesn't mean she owes you anything.

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  18. I always love these beach trash posts. I do not live by a beach or near one so it is always so cool to see. It is also eye opening on how everyone should be a little more cautious when leaving items on the beach or what we throw away in the water.

    adaisyforemily.blogspot.com

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  19. That's an interesting hobby you have. I think it's great that you get to be creative and help the environment too.

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  20. I'm so impressed by your ability to arrange the trash in a way that's instantly appealing to the eye... I love these posts!

    This is neither here nor there, but I've been reading your blog for a while and haven't commented before (shyness!). But I saw this today and thought of your cats, had to share!

    http://www.treehugger.com/eco-friendly-furniture/multifunction-and-multi-user-desk-shared-people-and-cats.html

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    1. Isn't that the cutest?! I saw it earlier today. That would be so much fun to own!!

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  21. It always feels a bit strange missing the sea when I see your "trash photos" XD I just collect stones and shells, which is pretty lame compared to this colourful stuff! :3

    Have a nice thursday! <3

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  22. Dammit, everyone asked my questions... :( That'll teach me for being a late commenter. Now my comment is a little redundant. haha.

    I do love these photos. People take a lot of weird stuff to the beach...

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  23. I am terrible at geography and I'm afraid I don't know much about Ohio :) I was confused for a minute when I saw you mention "Geneva", I thought "hmmm, do they not take care of their lakes in Switzerland?", but I quickly realized you meant Ohio. :)

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  24. This sounds weird, but glancing quickly, I thought that piece of wood in the last photo was a large skull, and was like "damn, she found that too!?" Then realized it was just wood haha

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  25. So gorgeous!! Your pictures remind me of one of my favourite childhood books, 'I SPY'- http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/books/index.htm :)
    Laura x
    www.thecupthief.com

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