Thursday, May 5, 2011

We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well. ~George MacDonald

Crop Circles - formations, usually found in grain crops, where the crop has been mysteriously found laid flat, in patterns, that did not exist in daylight the previous day. I find the phenomena fairly interesting although I suspect there is a prankster out there somewhere with too much time on his or her hands. There are lots of folks who think aliens are sending us secret messages through the crop circles.  What could they possibly want from us? Goggle translate needs to catch up with this one. 

A while back I was night shelling on Little Hickory beach and came upon some odd formations in the sand.  It was a super low tide and I was walking on the sand bar.  There were curly cue patterns everywhere in the sand. Crop circles came to mind - is this a secret message to be decoded or just some shell out gallivanting looking for food or running from a predator? 

The Olive Shell gives new meaning to meandering, gallivanting, mosey, & ramble. (Picture courtesy of  i Love Shelling blog)

Although a common shell on the Gulfcoast the Olive shell is actually one of the prettiest shells.  It's glossy shell with it's brown markings make it a nice addition to any collection. The size ranges from very tiny to 3-4 inches in length.  As the olive shell tunnels through the sand it keeps the shell polished.
Lettered Olive picture from Blog the Beach
Lettered Olive Shell
Oliva sayana Ravenel, 1834

So I will keep pondering the olive shell crop circle thing.  I love to find the deeper meanings in things. But if I get a message that says "Quit your job & move to the beach"... I'm on it!