Whangarei are hosting a Shell Show for the 50th Anniversary of the Whangarei Shell Club and we would love to see you there.  If you are interested and need more details just let me know.  You will find my contact details on my ‘Antipodes’ page. – or just add a comment to this post.  The show will be open to the public on Saturday 9th May 9 am to 4 pm.

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I love the rich variety of seashells, and Epitonidae are my absolute favourite.  This one is commonly called the Precious Wentletrap and comes from Japan. 

ribs joining heartbeats
rising whorls of creamy curves
sculpted by sea-life

Epitonium scalare Japan

Precious Wentletrap Japan

…who would not believe in a Creator, seeing such beautiful design work.


He has cunningly gathered every colour under heaven and coated them with translucency within the curve of secret darkness.  And when they lie empty in the washed sand, only then do they share that loveliness.  So there is some sharing of beauty in every death if we can see the light reflected there.  The life has gone. The light goes on, somewhere, on a beach, reflecting moonlight, starlight, sunlight, one with the flashing music of all the dancing universe.