For whatever strange reason, I LOVE sand. In fact, I collect it. I have samples of various sands from beaches in Hawaii my sister brought me, and a bunch I collected in Oregon on the beaches there and also some volcanic sand from a lava tube cave. A good friend even brought me some sand from the Egyptian desert! Oh, yes and one of my favorites - oolitic sand from the Great Salt Lake, as seen here:
|5 mm view of oolitic sand from Antelope Island of Great Salt Lake (Source)|
This amazing website has beautiful pictures of sand taken up close - you owe it to yourself to check this out. You can even order prints of the pictures! (There are also extreme close-ups of parts of the human body, flowers, and food.) I know what I want for my birthday and Christmas.
The photographer - Dr. Gary Greenberg was kind enough to allow me to post the pictures here. What a beautiful addition to this blog, I'm so thrilled! Go to his site for other photos and great descriptions of each image.
|The spiny, glassy parts are spicules from a sponge! How cool is that!|
|This is the actual shell of a single-celled organism - foraminifera - from Japan|
|This is a fragment of the mineral mica :)|
|This is volcanic sand!|
|The square one is a shell fragment|
Superb, aren't they? Thank you Dr. Greenberg for your inspiring work! Here's the link again if you want to see more:
Sand Grains Gallery
Hey, look at this other cool thing I just found! This guy in New Zealand creates works of art on the beach, only to have them promptly erased by the surf - looks like he is having so much fun, I love his child-like curiosity and joy. :D