Seaweed on My Mind

>> Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Today was a lot cooler, but it's been miserably hot all week and I couldn't stop thinking about the beach. We lived in Florida when I was a kid and - in my memory at least - we went to the beach every weekend. There was a great sandbar that we could swim out to. The water was shallow enough that we could hang out there for hours and I remember it being loaded with sand dollars. Sea urchins too, if I remember right. But what was really on my mind this week was seaweed - lovely, cool, slippery (I won't say slimy), green seaweed. We had the basic ribbony stuff, but I also seem to remember some that looked like grapes on a string, with leaves that could be popped like little balloons. I looked online to see if I could find a photo or botanical drawing, but nothing seemed quite right so I designed this pattern from memory. It's pretty stylized, which I like, but I'm starting to wonder if I imagined the stuff.

3 comments:

Anne,  June 11, 2008 at 10:12 PM  

Not imagination, memory. We find seaweed matching your general description at Sunset Beach, NC, and, I imagine, it can be found floating in and out of the surf all up and down the NC/SC coast. It's great for making mermaid hair, and the little bead-like seed pods (or whatever the crap they are) are almost as satisfying to crush as bubble wrap.

Niki,  June 12, 2008 at 11:05 AM  

I don't remember the seaweed but that's probably because I was preoccupied with the sea urchins. Remember how I used to attach them to that styrofoam tube I had and take them home?

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