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Posts Tagged ‘collecting beach glass’

Wellington, NZ and the Storm Coast

Posted by E.G.D. on March 19, 2015

We made it to Wellington well before midnight. The commodore, (who has been captaining our ship since Sydney) wanted the ship to be safely tucked into Wellington’s harbor as early as possible.

It was a dark and rainy day. The morning started with an excursion to the aptly named Storm Coast. And was it ever a blast! We wound around the coast from Wellington to Eastbourne, viewing some really fantastic scenery and watching the Picton-Wellington ferry clash with the sea’s swells.  It was cold, wet, and sooooo windy (the kind of wind you have to lean into to hopefully stay on your feet). All in all, the perfect day for a visit to The Storm Coast, and travel into the section of the shoreline also known as The Shipwreck Coast.

The drive ended at a beautiful, hilltop sheep ranch where we were served tea (as in tea and treats). The ranch owner and his two faithful dogs gave us a sheep herding demonstration which was great fun. Then it was back to Wellington, along the same stretch of coast, as high tide approached the coastline. That, and the wind, made for fun photo stops at a shipwreck and a lighthouse beach along the return route.

After the tour, Greg and I headed into New Zealand’s capital city. We followed the seafront from the ship’s berth to Oriental Bay, about a three mile walk (The Maritime Heritage Trail). On the beach at Oriental Bay we found quite a bit of sea glass in brown, green, and clear colors. Along the way I was struck by the amount of public art Wellington has to offer. Every nook and cranny seemed to have some sort of purposefully designed public art to sit on, walk across, or simply ponder over.

No time for snooping around shops today. We had to make it back to the ship for our departure to Aukland. Now, even though Commodore Rynd has altered our course, this was the day with our roughest seas yet (but only for a short while)!

Have a wonderful yesterday! -Jody & Greg

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Southwold Sea Glass and Pottery Shards

Posted by alainaflute on May 17, 2012

Thank you to underatopazsky for letting us share her post today! We really enjoyed reading about her beachcombing trip to Southwold, England.

Under A Topaz Sky

We spent the Bank Holiday with my parents in East Suffolk and one day we took the girls down the coast to the little town of Southwold to visit Southwold Pier. It’s gorgeous to visit –  fabulous places to eat, quirky things to see and buy and best of all, great beachcombing!

The soft East Anglian coast between Southwold and Lowestoft to the north is eroding rapidly and the debris of roads, houses etc that have fallen into the sea inevitably wash up further down the coast. My 14yr old picked up an interesting piece of what looked like conglomerate which actually turned out to be an unmistakeable lump of tarmac!

I’ve had some of my best sea glass finds from this beach, including a glass Victorian bottle stopper on New Year’s Day and even though our visit was cut short as  it was raining and bitterly cold, I still managed to…

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“Where can I find sea glass?”

Posted by Jody on May 1, 2012

Collecting sea glass is such a fun hobby. Many an eager beachcomber has headed to the seashore in hopes of discovering the ideal piece of sea glass (also called beach glass). Finding that perfectly frosted, wave tumbled jewel can make the very best day at the beach even better!

Often times people will ask, “Where can I find sea glass on _(fill in the blank)_?” My answer goes something like this:

“That’s a great question. In my experience, the best beaches for finding sea glass are near the more populated locales, especially around areas with bars. Party scene locations tend to produce more glass in the surrounding water. Check for low tides, too. You will most likely find more sea glass when the tide is out and the beach is lengthened. Have a wonderful time! Let us know what you find! ~Aloha”

Surfside Beach Treasures

Surfside Beach Treasures

A colorful assortment of surf tumbled sea glass is generally easier to find near beaches where the regulars hang out (as opposed to tourist packed strands). Why? I’m sorry to say, that’s where people often leave their empty bottles on the sand or toss them into the water. Let’s face it,  glass doesn’t naturally come from the sea, and you would be hard pressed to find a beach where glass containers aren’t prohibited.

We recently spent some time on the Texas Gulf Coast, southwest of Galveston. I have to admit that I have rarely seen such a selection of glass on the beach! Some of it was beautifully tumbled and worth bringing home, but so much of the glass looked newly broken by both tides and tires (cars are allowed on many of the Texas beaches which line the Gulf of Mexico). The adults in the group carefully picked up some of the sharper shards of glass and carried them to the nearby, oh-so-conveniently placed municipal trash cans (seriously, you couldn’t miss ’em). But we had to warn the children not to pick up any beach glass because they weren’t old enough to discriminate between the sharper edged pieces and the more aged, smoothly polished beach treasures.

©Jody Diehl

Keep your shoes on! (©Jody Diehl)

There may have been a day, long ago, when beachgoers didn’t “know any different.” But in today’s world, we really do know better.  We at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches are all for collecting sea glass!  It’s one of our favorite things to do at the shore. We do not, however, want to contribute to the sea glass treasure troves of future generations.  It’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but with sea glass, it takes a while to get from point A to point B, and in the meantime, it can pose a serious hazard to those of us who want to be barefoot on the beach with our little ones.

Wishing you many happy sea glass hunting days at the beach!

Do you have a favorite sea glass collecting beach? We’d love to hear about it!

Related link: North American Sea Glass Association

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Beachcombing & Sea Turtles at Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii

Posted by Jody on October 20, 2011

Hale’iwa Beachcombing, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa, about a one hour drive from Honolulu, is the biggest little town on the North Shore of Oahu.  The minute you drive into Hale’iwa, you know you’ve entered serious surfing territory.  Everything, from mail boxes to address signs, is themed with brightly colored surf boards.

The community of Hale’iwa is known as the “Gateway to the North Shore.” After traveling through this artsy, laid-back surf town you’ll cross over the Rainbow Bridge, which spans the Anahulu River.  The Anahulu River has beach parks on both sides of its banks. Hale’iwa Beach Park, located just over the bridge, has a very large grassy area on the shore side of Kamehameha Highway.  The North Shore views from this beach are picture perfect.

Hale’iwa Beach Treasures (©Jody Diehl)

We’ve never seen anyone swimming here, though it isn’t against the rules. The water can be a bit cloudy, and the ocean bottom is quite rocky, and (especially in winter) the surf can be treacherous.  Hale’iwa Beach Park does have a narrow strip of golden sand, and with shore shoes on, it’s an excellent beach for beachcombing.  Here you might find snakehead cowry snail seashells (the most common cowry snail of the Hawaiian Islands), cone snail seashells, pieces of coral, assorted surf-tumbled shell bits and multicolored sea glass jewels. Beachcombing at Hale’iwa Beach Parkwill reward you with a striking combination of colorful beach treasures!

View from Hale’iwa Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Hale’iwa Beach Park is also a very good place for green sea turtle spotting. You may want to bring along your binoculars to get a better view of the honu, as they are known in Hawaii. We’ve sighted sea turtles swimming near the shore every time we’ve visited this area of Oahu’s North Shore. It’s been quite exciting each time!

Sea Turtle, Hale’iwa, Oahu, Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)

Please keep in mind that, in Hawaii, the green sea turtle is listed as a threatened species under federal and Hawaii state law. Remember to always observe sea turtles from a distance and never attempt to touch, ride, or feed sea turtles.

Just a note:  You will definitely want to treat yourself  to a world-famous Hawaiian Shave Ice while you’re in Hale’iwa!

EGD’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (©Jody Diehl)

Have a great day at the beach! Aloha!


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We Collect Just for the Fun of It!

Posted by Jody on August 21, 2011

I don’t imagine anyone needs to explain to us why we collect seashells, beach glass, beach stones and shark teeth.  It’s just plain fun for so many reasons.  I like to collect smaller beach treasures and put them into salt shakers and glass jars.  Looking at them year round makes me smile. The memories of the seashore with friends and family are really happy ones.  That’s enough to keep me collecting.  How ’bout you?

Beach Treasures: 1) Sanibel Island, Florida 2) Oahu, Hawaii 3) Pebbly Beach, Catalina Island, California (©Jody Diehl)

Here are a few recent articles on the sheer joy of collecting!

“Collection Reflection: Why do we amass these things?”

“Sea Glass Summers”

“A knack for finding a message in a bottle”

Check out some of our collectable and beachcombing articles.

“Pick Your Own” Prehistoric Shark Teeth!”

“Colors of Sunset: Gould’s Wedge Seashells”

“Brighton, A Top 10 British Memory”

“Sea Stone Collecting Hobby Leads to a Wonderfully Creative Alphabet Book”

Tell us about your collection!  And don’t forget to share us on Facebook.  Thanks! -J-

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Beach Glass: Real or Fake?

Posted by Greg on July 19, 2011

We’ve been lucky enough to visit Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California many times. The sand glistens in the morning sun with bits of sea glass and porcelain. What once was trash has been tumbled and made lovely by the rugged coastline and ocean tides. This place, once used for the disposal of unwanted items, is now a treasure beach.

But you know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

What is it that makes sea glass (aka: beach glass) special to us beachcombers? Actually, it is possible to put your broken glass and broken dishes through a rock tumbler and come up with a similar effect. We have a family member who does just that!

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California (©Jody Diehl)

It really isn’t easy to tell the difference between man-made and ocean-made tumbled glass. With the naked eye, it’s nearly impossible. However, we did find this article on the subject and wanted to share this interesting read with you.

From the article by North Beach Treasures & Peter Messerschmidt:

Within the growing sea glass collector and jeweler community, there is much controversy over– and discussion of– the growing issue and problem surrounding so-called “man made” sea glass.

“The situation: There are companies (and individuals) that will manufacture “sea glass” by putting shards of broken glass into industrial rock tumblers; basically huge versions of what rock hounds use to polish rocks. The result is something that looks like sea glass, but really isn’t… since it has never been in the sea, to begin with. Until recently– because sea glass has only enjoyed such a surge of popularity during the past 5-odd years– this type of “craft glass” was never really seen as much of an issue to worry about.”

Check out the whole story: “The Issue of Natural vs Fake (“Man Made”) Sea Glass

Have a great day at the beach!

(Family Post)

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