Left on the Ebb Tide Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

June 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Left on the Ebb Tide

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Left on the Ebb Tide 20220529 850_8520Left on the Ebb TideA quahog shell left on the wet sand and gravel on the ebb tide at Great Island, Rhode Island

Shell of Many Tidal Cycles

Shell of Many Tidal Cycles 20220529 850_8548Shell of Many Tidal CyclesA quahog shell beneath a dog showing exposure to many tidal cycles beneath a dock at Great Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island

Contemplating the so-called "circle of life" most minds snap to an animated movie. In that movie a young lion cub makes their debut for all to see.

My mind goes to the Rhode Island shore and something less fanciful with much wider variety. The variety gives us endless fascination. The name of this place is the wrack line or the wrack zone. It is where the tide leaves something behind in its ebb and flow and life finds its circle.

This process of recycling life presents itself among rocks in this display. The shells have contained life, fed life, and housed new and different life. And in the circle, there is a beautiful composition of many colors and shades to appreciate. The circle is not as much of a completion as a continuation.


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