Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Beachcombing with Christina
It was a bright and beautiful day, so I was busy with my digital camera. The result? Another photo set on my Flickr site.
Christina shares my taste for pebbles, though I'm trying to teach her a bit of discrimination. If left to her own devices, I'm sure she would cart home every pebble and stone on the beach.
Instead, we brought home a decent sample. We've added them to pebbles from earlier visits and other beaches.
Pebble-collecting always makes me think of my paternal grandmother, Isabel Cooper Mahaffie. Grandma was an artist; mostly a painter, but she also dabbled in terrariums and miniature landscapes.
She had an extensive collection of pebbles she used, some of which I imagine came from this beach, from Rehoboth, Dewey, the barrier islands now known as Delaware Seashore State Park, and Bethany.
I can see her wandering along these shores in the 1920's, 30's and 40's drawing beauty and art supplies directly from nature.
I like to think that some of her spirit and creativity has come down through me to join with the color-sense and music in my mother's family and with the music and determination of Karen's family to help form the characters of Christina and Colleen.