A Gift From the Sea

bone sketch bottom s

at rest in between
sea and land, water and wind
shaping spanning time

bone sketch top s

This year was not a good one for collecting shells.  But one morning on a walk along the beach, my daughters and I found, half-buried in the sand, a piece of what appears to be a sea turtle bone.

bone photo comp

I drew it from both sides, and I also took photos.

bone side comp

Only in the close up can you see the subtle lines of the shell.

bone close up s

Once home I looked up sea turtle skeletons online.

sea turtle skeleton s

Sea turtles are one of the few creatures to have both an internal and external skeleton.

sea turtle bone s

And of course this must go in Nina’s turtle shell collection!  I will give it to her the next time we meet for lunch.

You can read more about sea turtle anatomy here.

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20 responses to “A Gift From the Sea”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Lovely haiku. I love the gentle, timeless feel. Thank you for all the information on turtle shells, and the drawings and photos. I particularly like the second photo.

  2. Rebecca says :

    Amazing! And very nice sketches to remember it by. 🙂

  3. Jodi says :

    Lovely “in between”. What a wonderful gift for Nina!

  4. kirkistan says :

    Bonus: art + science + poetry!

  5. Sharon Mann says :

    I hope this sea turtle lived a long sea turtle life. Beautiful words of honor.

    • memadtwo says :

      I hope you are right Sharon. The beach is so eroded where we were staying, there weren’t the usual nesting areas roped off. That was sad to see.

  6. artandmoondreams says :

    Amazing find, nice sketches, love your haiku, beautiful feel of time passing, a lovely tribute.

  7. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    This is all just beautiful! Love it!! The sketches are fantastic! 😍

  8. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    What a cool find, Kerfe, and how interesting! Oh, the NC beaches are so the best! Where else would you find something so unique like this. Nice you and your daughters had some fun together. ❤

  9. davekingsbury says :

    A lovely range of perspectives here …

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