Mussel Beach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

April 19, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Mussel and Stones

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Mussel and Stones 20220322 850_5806Mussel and StonesA mussel shell nestled in the sand among small stones on Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Heavy on the Blues

Heavy on the Blues 20220322 850_6033Heavy on the BluesMussel shell that is heavy on the blues on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussels are the less featured shells of the beachcomber assemblage. There are so many features on various shells with spirals and various shapes of the clam or quahog. The mussel receives less thought or coverage.

But mussels are a bivalve that possesses as great of a variety as the others. Their colors range across a variety of blues and their inner finish is pearly. One might state that their curves add some elegance to their features.

The one issue with mussel shells is they are more delicate than their shoreline shell peers. The shells are far thinner and are more likely to succumb to crushing. Waves, footfalls, and other forces will shatter the delicate shells, making them a part of the sand. But all in all, this makes their visage all the more precious.

Essence of Pearl

Essence of Pearl 20220322 850_5978Essence of PearlEssence of pearl texture in the blue of a mussel shell on Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Points to Stone

Mussel Points to Stone 20220322 850_5997Mussel Points to StoneA mussel shell points to a small wave-worn quartz stone on Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Mussel Shell on Mottled Sand

Mussel Shell on Mottled Sand 20220322 850_6119Mussel Shell on Mottled SandA bright mussel shell on a mottled sand background

Of Sand and Mussel Shells

Of Sand and Mussel Shells 20220322 850_6133Of Sand and Mussel ShellsA mussel shell filled with and sitting upon the sands of Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island


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