Tuesday, July 19, 2011
During our week at the cottage on Lake Erie I of course knew that we were picking up a few choice finds on the beach every day but it wasn't until we got home and spread everything out on the dining room table that I realized just how big our collection had grown.
Here are the 26 lucky stones that we found:
My favorite thing to collect ended up being beach glass. I had no idea that Lake Erie was belching out these bits of water-tumbled, water-smoothed remnants of human civilization before I discovered them for myself last month. I still can't quite fathom the vast quantities involved. We collected some 700 pieces in all.
The most common color was white/frosted:
Our collection of white glass ended up weighing nearly 2 pounds. Given that Lake Erie's coastline is about 850 miles and our beach was no more than 1/100th of a mile in breadth, I estimate that some 170,000 pounds of white beach glass a week may be washing up (850 x 100 x 2). That's a lot of glass!
Of course we found other colors, too. Brown and green were fairly common.
And then there were the pieces of porcelain:
The few pieces of blue beach glass that I found were my favorites.
Here are some of the other pieces that I liked:
And then there were the oddities. (Correctly identify them all and win a penny!)
If the inflatable kiddie pool I had 50 years ago had been spiced with items half as interesting as these I might have played in it a lot more often....
Posted by DJ at 6:17 PM