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What a difference a day makes

Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 1 October 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Normally our beach at Melkbos is quite clean and flat. We woke up one morning after some stormy weather and I could see that things were remarkably different from the day before. Walked down to the beach and found that thousands of empty mussel shells, black and white, had been washed up onto the shore. Here are some of them, with Table Mountain in the distance.
Title from the song by Maria Grever & Stanley Adams, and amongst others, done proud by Jamie Cullum

Canon EOS 40D 1/250 second F/16.0 ISO 200 47 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow, spilled treasures, I love it, wonderful black and white :)

1 Oct 2008 5:47am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Fantastic love the black and white it really shows off the mussel shells

1 Oct 2008 6:17am

Karthik from Chennai, India

Lovely composition. The B&W makes objects stand out.

1 Oct 2008 6:23am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

just a gorgeous shot Rob and simply marvelous in b/w!! beautifully done!! **on a side note -- who is jamie callum? he sings on an album of my new favorite singer / songwriter from Norway... and i think she is touring with him now as an opening act!! very keen to know! is he from South Africa? :D

1 Oct 2008 7:34am

@dj.tigersprout: Hi DJ - Jamie is a young British artist. He's got a great feel for the music he performs, and a great voice as well.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

This is a fabulous image. What a beautiful place you live in!

1 Oct 2008 7:36am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice shot, but should we be worried that all the shells are empty?

1 Oct 2008 10:30am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the scattered shells along the beach, the way they have embedded themselves in the sand for the most part. Excellent shot and point of view!

1 Oct 2008 12:59pm

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Fantastic shot. Must have been quite a sight.

1 Oct 2008 1:47pm

nanne from Netherlands

Very nice photo.

Nanne from Friesland

1 Oct 2008 2:30pm

leslie from norwich, United Kingdom

Love the black & white treatment -- well shot as well

1 Oct 2008 3:49pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It must have been quite the storm. You did a terrific job presenting that gorgeous landscape.

1 Oct 2008 4:36pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

That's a beautiful view. I love the cliffs.

Interesting. I saw a scene like this yesterday afternoon when I walked the beach and it was also cluttered with shells. At one point you had no choice but to walk on them there were too many to step around. We also had some big storms in the last few weeks.

1 Oct 2008 6:29pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

I wouldn't want to walk that beach barefoot! I like the perspective in this shot.

1 Oct 2008 7:40pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Lovely shot and great angle. The bw adds a special something

1 Oct 2008 8:35pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Perfect how you have given the foreground with the shells most of the frame, I like that.

1 Oct 2008 11:09pm

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

Excellent black and white work and a great image, too!

5 Oct 2008 5:40am

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Lovely angle and composition! Looks great in black and white too :)

10 Oct 2008 9:33pm

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

I like so much this pic!

7 Oct 2010 8:43am

Canon EOS 40D
1/250 second
ISO 200
47 mm