Further on a single multi-coloured shoe has been discarded on the sand by a careless wave. The shoe appears to be expensive, with a patchwork of pink, blue and green criss-crossing the sides.
All year around the wind brings an assortment of other items to the beaches; some are interesting, and some junk. Earlier in the year the beaches were buried under an unusually large mound of debris that winter storms had flung high along the eastern side of the island.
|Cleaning up the mess|
The one change I have noticed is I seldom find shells along this beach anymore. Why? Perhaps due to the increase in beachcombers. Or perhaps due to the 2008 removal many tons of sand from the sea bottom to refurbish the Cancun beaches devastated by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It's my personal "grumble." The barges and their massive pumps worked for months stripping the sand, along with mollusks and other small sea creatures. Many of the shells for sale on the island have been imported from the Philippines, to fill the gap between supply and demand.
|Tiny fragile Sand Dollar|
I also happened upon a very small and delicate sea biscuit, or sand dollar. It was only two inches long, and extremely fragile leading me to wonder how survived its journey in the waves.
|Sea Hearts (Monkey Hearts) and Deer Eyes|
More recently I have been picking up small, smooth flat stones in a variety of colours: tan, black, white.
Maybe I should create something with them? Or maybe not. I enjoy just looking at them.
|Garafon Park zip line braking system|
Recently I found several wooden items, with two strong fabric straps attached. We puzzled over that, finally sending a photo out by email asking friends if they could identify the items. John Stuckless said they were hand brakes for riders of the Garafon Park zip lines. Exactly right.
When I returned the items to a staff member, he was grateful, but puzzled. Why would the items float counter-clockwise against the current at south-point to the eastern side of the island? Lost items normally float with the current. He shrugged. I shrugged. No clue how that would happen. Two days later I found a fifth one.
|Drift seeds, sea glass, turtle shoulder bones, carved wood|
Thankfully our creative friends are always happy to have fresh supplies for their artistic endeavours.
Perhaps one person's treasures can also be treasure for someone else?
Lynda & Lawrie
|Creative use for sandals found on the beaches in Kenya|
A creative solution to the multitude of discarded shoes was created by a group in Kenya - the group makes artistic creations from the shoes.