Weathered Whelk on Fahan Beach

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[beach, close up, coastal, County Donegal, crustacean, evening, Features, Inishowen, Irish, Lough Swilly, low tide, mollusk, mugs peninsula, postcard, sand, sea, seashore, seaside, shell, tide line, Ulster, whelk, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 >4,000 views, Six features, Featured]

  1. 22nd February 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  1. 6th November 2014 Added to Featured Images by RedBubble
  1. 2nd November 2014 Achieved its Sixth feature in the group Life’s a Beach

 
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II   |   Lens: Canon 24-70 zoom f/2.8 (set at 70 mm)   |  
    Exposure: 1/500   |   Aperture: f/11   |   Filter: Polariser

 
This rather weathered whelk shell was on the tide line on Fahan Beach on the Inishowen coast of Lough Swilly, County Donegal, Ireland.

In the early evening, after a sunny Spring day we were walking by the edge of the waves just as the low tide turned. This was one of the little things I spotted along the way.

I liked the weathered look – particularly the way it seemed to look a bit like a bullfrog staring up the beach.

I am not very good at identifying seashells. I know “whelk” covers a huge range of shellfish. This one might be a “Buccinum undatum” or a “Cancellaria reticulata”.

I would be happy to hear from someone who knows better. Oh and if you are an expert on shells … are the little ridges and holes on the surface the result of the shell being worn away by the sea or are they the result of other creatures that have attached themselves to this shell?


This photograph is part of my postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card


History of this photograph on RedBubble

  1. 22nd February 2015 View Count reached 4,000
  1. 2nd November 2014 Achieved its Sixth feature in the group Life’s a Beach
  1. 29 th October 2014 Achieved its fifth feature in the group Rainbow – all one colour
  2. 24 th July 2014 Achieved its fourth feature in the group Weekly Theme Challenges
  3. 6 th july 2014 View Count reached 3,010
  4. 16 th August 2013 View Count reached 2,000
  5. 11 June 12 Featured in Alphabet Soup (for a second time)
  6. 6th February 2012 view count reached 535
  7. 30 January 2012 Featured in Monochrome in Colour
  8. 18 June 11 Featured in 100-500 Views
  9. 17 June 11 view count reached 104
  10. 11 June 11 Featured in Alphabet Soup
  11. 03 May 11 Uploaded to Redbubble

Technical Photographic Detail

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70 zoom f/2.8 (set at 70 mm)
Exposure: 1/500
Aperture: f/11
Filter: Polariser
ISO: 400

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