I'm still holidaying but relaxing nicely. The great thing about relaxing is your free to let your mind wonder and I have certainly done that. I have had lots of ideas for our DH and can't wait to get back to it.
In the meantime I have some little pictures of some of natures tiny things I found whilst wondering the beach. First of all I have some tiny little shells that where imbedded in the wet sand. These are common to surf beaches, I don't know if any of you have come them in your travels but I think they are very sweet. I'm not sure they are to scale, the ones on the right of the pencil are possibly but I thought I would show you anyway as the variation of colours are delightful, nature never ceases to amaze me.
I would like to mention Deborah from http://petitpunt.blogspot.com/ who inspired me to look at natures tiny things.
As I was wondering the beach I noticed from a distance a mass that seemed to be moving across the shore line. As I approached I realised they were soldier crabs moving towards the water. There seemed to be thousands of them. I ran to get my camera but by the time I came back the numbers had diminished, there were still hundreds but they had turned back away from the water. For those that don't know, soldier crabs bury themselves below the level of the sand. You don't often see them, usually the only evidence of them is in the early hours.
You can see tiny little balls of sand scattered over the surface of the hard surface on the beach and an occasional scatter into the holes they create as you approach. The crabs shovel the sand into their mouths and remove all the organisms then expel the sand leaving the tiny balls on the surface.
They vary in size, the largest seem to be the size of your thumb nail the smallest your pinky. Very cute little things, as I approached they cork screwed into the sand and waited for me to go. They are different to normal crabs as they have a bulbous body and they can walk forwards as well as sideways. Clever little things.
As I was getting in close to take the photos I could feel something under my feet and it was a little crab trying to get to the surface, quite a funny feeling. I do wonder about these little creatures, the tiny little snails that must have lived in those little shells. We are not supposed to collect shells from the beach as it inhibits the natural eco system. They are up against so much and they have no idea.