Thursday, 26 December 2013

After the Storm

The Christmas Eve storm had abated but there was still a brisk wind and lively sea as the waves rolled in to Largo Bay on Christmas Day. Taken from the far east end of the bay looking towards Largo Law.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Scallop Shell Colour Variation

My favourite shells are those of the various scallops, particularly the small delicate ones. These, all between 3 and 4 cms across, were collected on the beach between Lundin Links and Lower Largo. They vary in colour from a pale creamy peach through reds to black.
The colour variation may be due to environmental conditions. For example, chemical reactions deep in the sand produce iron sulphide which is black in colour and it is this which can cause black colouration. However, genetic factors may also be involved.