Sea Glass Treasures from the Tide

Sea Glass Treasures from the Tide

Cindy Bilbao

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1581572093

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


We may never find message in a bottle, but most of us have fond memories of collecting beach glass. Let the images captured in Treasures from the Tide bring you back to a simpler time and the joy of discovery. This unique photo keepsake celebrates the simple beauty of found objects.

Beaches remind us of simple pleasures―swimming in the surf, building sand castles, and collecting smooth, opalescent beach glass. These once man-made objects, perhaps glass bottles or insulators, were broken, rolled and tumbled by the waves, and smoothed into something completely different, something―almost―natural again. Beach glass is found art. Why we take such pleasure in these bits and pieces of manufactured materials reclaimed by nature may be something to contemplate while enjoying Treasures from the Tide―the author surely has, and she conveys that pleasure in playful, organic sculptures that come to life in the interplay of colors and shapes and their interaction with the sand and surf they came from. The sense of a moment in time captured in these photos is like an insect captured in amber, and, in this book, beach glass becomes just as precious. 100+ Color photographs throughout

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worn down and rounded this piece of pottery so that only a small hint of its blue color now shows. Yellow glass from the early 1900s, found in southern New Jersey The glow from the setting sun brings out the embossed markings of a Coca Cola bottle found on Assateague Island, Maryland. The many footprints on the beach left the sand looking like minimountains. This collection of frosted white sea glass has the same softly rounded edges as the sand mountains. Harbor Rest Turquoise-colored sea

glass is extremely rare. Statistically, you’ll find it once in every five thousand pieces. The shape of this sea glass makes me wonder if it was on a ship that caught fire, causing the glass to melt. With no markings, there’s no clue as to what it might have been. The piece was found on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. This deep, rich teal color was a very rare find on a Cape May, New Jersey, beach. Because of its manganese content, the longer purple sea glass basks in the sun, the deeper its color.

When sea glass rests in the high tide line, chances are it will be dry, making it harder to spot, like this heavily frosted piece of green glass found on Cape Cod. Sunset-enhanced sea glass EPIGRAPH BEACHCOMBING When the sun is sitting low in the eastern sky, it appears to be trying its hardest to rise above the horizon. This is the most magical hour of the day to beachcomb, before anyone else arrives. My shadow on the sand is long as the light hits it in an almost shy manner. It is not a

ago, after learning about it from an article in a magazine. Once I began finding pieces, I started collecting it. However, for me, collecting wasn’t satisfying enough. I wanted to capture the memory of the moment when I first spied each piece on the beach, how it glistened in the sand and how the color glowed in the sunlight. Since I’m never without my camera, I began photographing my sea glass treasures. The results were most satisfying; I was able to focus on the individuality of each piece

Jersey shoreline usually comes from old cola bottles. This one came from a bottler located in Atlantic City around 1920. From the late 1800s, this bottle’s rounded bottom ensures it will lay on its side, allowing the cork to remain moist, which keeps the carbonation from escaping. A Cape Cod find. A beautiful cornflower blue piece of sea glass found in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This shade of blue was produced from the 1920s to the 1950s, making it a rare find. The frosted nature of sea glass

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