Common Whelk shells with barnacles attached

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The shells of the Common Whelk, Buccinum undatum Linnaeus, are shown here with an encrustation of acorn barnacle shells. I often display the shells and other beachcombings I bring home from the seashore in bowls and baskets on my window sill; and these make suitable containers in which to photograph objects for the Jessica’s Nature Blog.

I particularly like dishes with glazes that remind me of the seashore; so I was delighted when I discovered the beautiful blue/green glazed terracotta platter that I have used for today’s photograph. It is made by a studio potter called Rosemarie James who uses layers of rich-coloured glazes to create a depth, richness and movement that is reminiscent of the sea, the sky, and natural forms along the Dorset coast. A perfect complement and frame to the natural shell forms. 


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