Sunday, September 21, 2008

Eigg shells at Arisaig

We returned to the reefs that guard the mouth of Loch nan Ceall at Arisaig.

The sentinel Sgurr of Eigg acted as a reference point as we lost ourselves in the maze of channels.

Huge expanses of shell sand were exposed by the spring low tide.

We lost ourselves looking for shells.

The beaches here are composed of the fragments of shells of billions of sea creatures that have lived here. The odd shapes in the bottom left are Scottish "coral". The "coral" is actually the bleached skeletons of the red algae, Lithothamnium calcareum.