Weathered Whelk on Fahan Beach by George Row

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    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. 03 May 11 Uploaded to Redbubble
  2. 11 June 11 Featured in Alphabet Soup
  3. 17 June 11 view count reached 104
  4. 18 June 11 Featured in 100-500 Views
  5. 30 January 2012 Featured in Monochrome in Colour
  6. 6th February 2012 view count reached 535
  7. 11 June 12 Featured in Alphabet Soup (for a second time)
  8. 16 th August 2013 View Count reached 2,000
  9. 6 th july 20134 View Count reached 3,010

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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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 3 years ago

    Goodness! What a cool find! I have never seen anything quite like this! Well done!

  • Karen, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 3 years ago

    neat find George!

  • Jules, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsabout 3 years ago

    Awesome capture! Gorgeous!

  • James, , Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 3 years ago

    Excellent photo, and I don’t have a clue what it is; I just enjoy looking at the pic!

  • Dayonda, Thank you. I have offered that as a definition of what I do “Making things that people will want to look at”. :-) George

    – George Row

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

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    Lovely image, well done.

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  • Thank you folks! Yes I have entered it. George

    – George Row

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    I’m not great at ID’ing shells as well? But think the texture/pattern is the resultfs of marine life other then the original creator… :o) So beautiful and full of movement! When I lived in California…we’d often find shells that had barnacles attached…….
    My understanding is that OTHER mullusks and crustaceans will recycle the calcium and other nutrients from abandoned shells………………don’t hold me to this though..again…I don’t know much about them as I now live in the center of the US and no longer get to see ocean life.

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations from the hosts of 100 – 499 VIEWS (1 PER DAY)

    Wonderful detail and beautiful light in this Weathered Whelk image !

  • Trish, Thank you for featuring this image. All the best George

    – George Row

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Stunning work George.

  • Julie, thank you.

    – George Row

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    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

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