Colors of Shell and Seaweed. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

April 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Shell and Seaweed

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Shell and Seaweed 20210415 850_7116Shell and SeaweedA wonderfully etched shell with a bit of red seaweed composed on the sands of Matunuck Beach, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

As above and below. On the beach at Mutunuck we find a simple shell of complex color framed by a bit of red seaweed. In a sense, there is an irony as this seaweed tends to gather on rocks and shellfish below the water.

Red seaweed is abundant on Rhode Island's south facing shore. It is the largest group of algae in the plant kingdom. In fact, there are more red seaweed species than brown and green seaweed combined. Among these common to these waters are Polysiphonia, Red Ceramium, and Gracilaria.

In this case, it breaks up, contrasts with and enhances typical beach colors. And it is a beautiful highlight for this shell. Science, curiosity, and the natural world are beautiful. 


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