I recently received some impressive photos of cross-sections through a grain of star sand. With the author’s permission I’d like to share these photos with you since, to my knowledge, these are the first images of this kind circulating among sand collectors. The photos represent 5x, 10x and 20x magnification, respectively. Copyright: Robert Ranner | Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH.
One of my last samples comes from Isle of Wight, more exactly from the beach at Brookgreen (approx. location: 50°39’04″N 1°27’31″W). The sand has lots of foraminifera, maybe one day I’ll try to separate them on classes but right now I just wanted to share this photo with you (check the Photo Photomicrography section for more sand photos uploaded today).
2741 GB-IW United Kingdom – Isle of Wight – Beach at Brookgreen
Yesterday I received a really nice email and, with the author’s consent, I decided to publish it on the website because this is maybe the most beautiful part of sand collecting: the people…
“Hello, I’ve arrived to your website accidentaly, but I’m really excited after dive into all the beautiful information you present in. I’m a sailor, and I use to sail all around the world since several years ago, for the yacht industry. Now, I’m in the north of Unites States in another long trip in the way back to home, Spain. I have a sister biologist that collects shells from everywhere and because my plural visit to different places, I’m one of her providers. But knowing the existence of people that collect sand, and finding it a beauty activity, I proposed to her start this new collection, and since then, I’m her main provider. But looking at how you work with this world, I’m seriously decided to start my own collection as well. It’s a shame, I’ve been travelling last years from Antartica to all the archipelagos of south Pacific, north atlantic or my trips to the Himalaya mountains, or Patagonia in my free time and I could have had good samples of sand from this areas. So you gave me reasons to start with a new hobby driven by your gentle advices and information. This email is to send you my gratitude for your effort to communicate your passion. Many thanks, E.M.”
Collecting small amounts can be extremely benefical in terms of number of sands swapped. As far as I know, this is the biggest number of sands that I ever sent to another collector: 275 sands in quantities from 2 to 5 ml. I really hope the package will arrive at destination because it took me about a week to put all those samples together :-)
275 sand samples sent to Matt Whaley in the USA