Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 298 - June 23, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
2.2 pounds
1,122.9 pounds total 

2 cigarette butts

As Mark, Kit and I walked from the surf to the showers this morning Mark kicked up a bottle cap and said, "If I had a nickel for every plastic bottle cap I've picked up, I'd probably have a hundred dollars." I bet he'd have more. I wonder how much I'd have scraped together from 298 beach cleanups?

Mylar balloon as abstract shell form. 

People comment that my trash pictures are beautiful. I remember one email in particular from my friend Judy. "Boy, you sure make that trash look good." Uh-oh, I thought. But even a photo like this makes the point that this synthetic balloon is out of place...
in a creative boy-that-balloon-looks-cool kind of a way...

7:45. Summer. Wonderful.

Day 297 - June 22, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
5.2 pounds
1,120.7 pounds total 

There were many abandoned sand toys left out last night, improvisational ones like this plastic container and the colorful made for castle forming variety. For the third or fourth time this month my bag was full to bursting at the twenty minute mark. I'd be carrying my trash bounty away with me if I didn't adhere to the 20 min. limit...

Happy Birthday to my friend Danielle who writes the blog, "It Starts With Me." If you've checked out The Daily Ocean before, you've seen me link to her site multiple times. She keeps me inspired. We are doing a cigarette butt comparison for our respective 20 min. beach cleanups. I only found 3 tonight where she usually finds 300 on her N.C. beach and that's no exageration. 

So Happy Birthday Danielle. As our friend Mark and I walked along last night, he reminded me it was your B-Day. We thought of you and knew you were with us in spirit!