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Went down to the beach for a walk in the (cold) fresh air and was delightedto find this bit of color in the sand!

“Mussel Beach” (Common Blue Mussel with Seaweed) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/50s, -0.3EV, ISO 400


  1. So blue. I thought it was pretty warm today, but then I wasn’t on the beach.

    • I swear, that shell was extraordinarily blue. It was windy for us here at the coast and pretty chilly at the beach. I snapped that shot as I was leaving (I had had enough of the wind and also had sat down in the sand so I was now cold and wet – ugh) and it ended up being the shot I liked best. This winter is brutal. I haven’t had to fight for good shots like this in a looooong time. I know, I know…I’m preaching to the choir! 🙂

  2. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, Massachusetts …. where the mussels are blue and the sands are, too …..

    • Ha! I couldn’t believe how much blue is in that sand when I was looking at the images in post! At the time of the shot, all I saw was the shell. Life’s little lucky editions, eh? 🙂

  3. What a brilliant photo, I like how the blue of the mussel picks up on some of the blue flecks in the granules of sand. Thanks for a beautiful start to the day 🙂

  4. Oh, that colour is to die for, gorgeous shot! I stumbled across your blog by chance and I love your photos, I’ll definitely come back 🙂

    • Thank you, Kristina! Glad you stopped by – always good to meet a new face! I took a peek at your blog – nice stuff there! I really like your style – soft and dreamy photos. I will be taking a closer look for sure! 🙂

      • Thank you! Soft and dreamy…I guess that describes me pretty well, haha 🙂 I never really thought about what my ‘style’ is…I’m still so much learning that I didn’t think I had one yet I guess 😉

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blue mussel before. Nice find!
    One of my FAVORITE things to do is walk on the beach and look for seashells, I could walk for miles and miles and miles.

    • I am not sure I have either – at least not this close up. I literally was leaving the beach when I passed the shell, took about 4 more steps, stopped, huffed (I was cold and really wanted to go home), turned back, kneeled into the cold, wet sand and snapped a few clicks. I now wish I had given the whole thing a bit more thought, but, at least, this time, I listened to my gut instinct when it basically shouted “WHAT?! You’re leaving? Did you not just SEE that blue shell??” LOL! 😀

  6. I really loved this shell.

    • Thank you, Babs. I don’t know what it is about the color blue….anything I photograph in this color blue seems to just strike a chord in folks! 🙂

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