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found on the beach

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's been since April that I posted a new "found on the beach" photoset. For the most part they've been keeping the beach fairly clean. The last few weeks though, it's been a wreck. Shards of broken plastic, tons of bottles, and of course, the normal tampon applicator. Ugh. While looking for a place to lay out the days findings I was only able to spot one area that had sand and was mostly clear. After I dumped out my bag and started sorting the pieces I looked up and spotted toilet paper right beside me. I don't know if it was clean or not but I guess I found the one thing that I cannot handle finding on the beach. It grossed me out so much. I pushed it away as best I could with some driftwood, and crossed my fingers I wouldn't find any "treasures" while putting together my photo.

I guess the one positive of the current state of the beach that I'm finding really neat things for my photosets. My favorite things to find are always little people, like army men. Basically tiny versions of anything are cool in my book. I was more than pleased to find two little plastic cars on this trip.
As you can see I'm still finding tons of lighters for my little project. It blows my mind that there are SO many of them on the beach. I know lighters are easy to lose, but geez!
Quick FAQ - things that get asked every Found on the Beach post.
Do you keep the things you pick up? No way. Once in a while I'll keep something I really think is neat but I'm no hoarder.
What do you do with it when you're done? I toss it in the trash where it belongs.
Was this really all from the beach in one day? For the most part, yes. Sometimes if I find something I really think is neat on a day I'm not collecting for a photo I'll pick it up and hang on to it until the next time I want to put together one of these.

I recently made a Found on the Beach tag. I try to keep the tags for things I post about regularly except in cases when I really really love the series, and I think this finally deserves a tag!
xoxo

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21 thoughts

  1. Brilliant collection! I love the lighter that you've photographed, it's hilarious!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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    1. Haha, glad someone noticed it! I cracked up when I found it.

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  2. I love your 'Found on the Beach' posts! That little rubber lizard is adorable. >_<

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  3. My husband and I were at Presque Isle the other day and I snooped around in the morning. I only found one little blue toy plate and about three microscopic pieces of beach glass. You've got mad skillz!

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    1. Presque Isle is normally pretty darn clean! Such nice beaches there.

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  4. this is so interesting! it's a bit 'one man's junk is another mans treasure' I just saw the lighter post for the first time too and its AMAZING. so colourful and creative, it makes me wish i lived by the beach... even if it was just to pick up lighters every once in a while, haha
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. WAOUH
    So much things on the beach :)
    Great photos !
    http://mademoisellevi.com/indecision/

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  6. Ew that's nasty about the toilet paper, but good thing you didn't see anything gross on it. It's interesting how many combs there are!

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    1. Right?! It blows my mind how many combs there are!

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  7. this is insane that so many people leave this much junk on the beach! pretty sad too, very interesting post!! glad to know you throw all the stuff away where it belongs :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  8. It's so fascinating that you find all of these things on the beach! And they're all such quirky little items. I don't think Australia has any beaches like this, not that I know of, I suppose that means we're pretty lucky that we've got clean beaches!

    http://lacemountains.blogspot.com/

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  9. wow so much bright plastic stuff! I really like this series, it highlights how much we waste in a beautiful way
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Do you wear gloves? And do you clean the items before their photo shoot? They look so clean when you take the picture of them

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    1. Nope, it's no dirtier than picking up anything else on the beach. The majority of the trash isn't left there, it gets washed up.

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  11. I love these photos. I feel like they're the kind of thing you'd see in an art gallery, you could do a mixture of images and installations on the theme in a cool gallery space with this. Also, I just looked at the lighter post. It's hard to believe there are so many! I don't even see people smoking on the beach that much.

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  12. Love this post, very quirky and cool collection of finds! Next time I hit the beach I'll have to give this a go :)

    Sinead
    x

    http://thetravelbibleblog.blogspot.ie/

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  13. I'm glad you made it a tag. I love the interesting things you find on the beach. Your photography is amazing!

    xx
    destroyed-beauty.blogspot.com

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  14. You arranged all the items for the photo so neatly! Great post ^^

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  15. Hi Kaylah, you've probably already seen this, but if not:
    http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=3471771435&blog=3878906&group=0&frame_type=a
    made me think of you :)

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