Beach Oddities #1, Albufeira, Portugal

Is this fishing line transformed into something rich and strange with....things growing on it? Any ideas...? Intriguing...


20 thoughts on “Beach Oddities #1, Albufeira, Portugal

  1. Okay, I just can’t help myself but to love your photos. In this case, there is this strange (but so real) beauty in even the tiniest fragments of nature. That stuff inspires me to write songs. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for the lovely comment (I’m glad you can’t help yourself πŸ˜‰ ) I know what you mean about finding beauty in, and being in awe of, what nature creates. I love that I know I will never tire of it or stop discovering new things or being moved by the unexpected….it is good that you are inspired by these things too and interesting to see where that takes us!

  2. Actually is a tangled fishing line with barnacles starting to build up, this are build ups of mostly calcium. Most objects that are submerged in the ocean get some kind of barnacles on it. Look under boats and you’ll see that. Have you seen the fishermen pulling the boats to the sand beach and then sanding the barnacles off in Albufeira? They can accumulate so much that causes a drag on boat efficiency.
    Tania, you do great photos and have a great eye for composition (pardon the pun) πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for this great explanation….interesting! I didn’t see the fishermen pull their boats in – I only saw them sitting on the rocks fishing….crazy to think that the build-up actually impedes the movement of the boats. I thought this oddity was fishing line because it looked plastic but I had no idea what was growing on it…. it now looks so sculptural and aesthetically pleasing, it has undergone a complete metamorphosis! Nature has made a work of art πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  3. hi Tania !
    i seriously doubt it’s fishing line (monofilament) as it’s not one continuos ‘bird’s nest’ as they’re called, but of many fragments as shown by all the ‘cut ends’. cut monofilament would not have stayed clumped together, specially underwater, even more so in the sea with current.

    it kinda looks like yoghourt candy. did you taste it ? :mrgreen:

    • Hi Marc!

      I was waiting for you to put me straight on the fishing-line bit! πŸ˜‰

      Aha….so the plot thickens!!

      Funnily enough I resisted the urge to put it in my mouth – foolish of me I know (this is the girl who ate flowers when she was little)….I will remember next time πŸ˜‰

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