Crab art

After all these earnest posts about textiles, time for a bit of fun!

While in India we stayed for three nights at the Beach at Mandvi Palace, a luxury camp with a private beach. The beach was fascinating for the different textures left on the sand by the waves and tides.

But even more fascinating were the patterns made by tiny spheres of sand which are left behind by crabs after they have extracted any useful organic material. I’ve seen small piles of sand balls from crabs on other beaches, but never in patterns like this. I know – what a sheltered life I’ve led – but remember I am a city gal. 😉

crab art 3 crab art1 crab art 2crab art 4

And here’s a pic of some of the possible creators – or maybe their larger cousins.


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One thought on “Crab art”

  1. Welcome back Kim,
    Wonders of nature, a bit like eisflowers on the windows. Wonderful pictures, thank you !
    Silvia from TR

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