Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mystery Solved

Serendipity envelopes me like a bright sunny day every so often. I was taking the above photograph on the beach yesterday having come upon another of the mysteries of nature that I wrote about a couple of days ago. Three women were strolling by and one said to me, "Oh, you're photographing the egg casings. I love to do that too." I didn't even have to admit my ignorance as one of her friends asked, "What are they from?" "Welks," she said, "You know, those big spiral shells we see all the time."
I thanked her for telling me that they were from welks and that I, too, love photographing them, they are so graceful. I am enlightened and also have some of that warm, happy feeling I get when serendipity enters my life like this.

Those who like to make patterns and find reasons for things have been known to say that these coincidences [kind the cars that pull out of a handy parking space just as I arrive, and other such events] are due to being in sync with the world or due to good karma or a blessing one somehow deserves. I don't really believe any of that although it would be comfortable to do so ... and yet not so comfortable for a person of my practical attitude. I like noticing the happenings and don't feel a need for an explanation.


pserean said...

pretty picture, miss june.
I love those little openings in between our daily interactions. When suddenly you connect- with the person. With what you're looking at. With God.

It- makes everything brighter. And you're right- we don't need an explanation. Sometimes, we should just accept and be grateful for the opening.

*take care*


June -- help me -- I'm confused -- what are welks? I feel it is related to the interesting spiral that you found on the beach, egg casings? -- barbara

June Calender said...

Barbara, welks are the things that live in those shells in the small picture. I've seen some very large shells, say 7 or 8 inches long and a great many smaller ones. I absolutely do not understand how the thing inside those shells could manufacture those egg casings. I'm going to read up on them but haven't had time. I'm also astonished to think of them reproducing by laying eggs -- the sea is a great mystery to me and I am learning only iota by iota.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Serendipity happens so often in my life that sometimes I count on it, so maybe those of us who experience it often do so because we stay alert. I headed for the mall yesterday to enjoy the library's used book sale and someone did pull out of a convenient parking space just in time. I love that.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment on 50th reunions. It's amazing to connect with people after 50 years, merely because we shared a time in our history, but have the connection suddenly feel deeper.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Wow, patterns in nature--amazing and gorgeous, thanks for sharing this.


June -- thanks for the update on welks. I am sure the answers you are looking for will be amazing as nature is AMAZING. I am not a pro on nature either. I learn through observation and research on my own -- and bugging people like you to explain things I know nothing about -- thanks -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thank you, Barbara and Conda for your comments. Pserean and P atricia, I think you're right about seeing the serendipity and noting it with pleasure. Some people don't notice the happy conincidences in their lives. Exploring marine biology is on my mental to-do list and if serendipity continues, I'll probably come across a book one of these days with some of what I need. Or I can Google, of course.

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