Start a beachcomber bean bonanza

Off to the sunny shores of Florida for a little getaway this winter? Try a little something different, and instead of seeking out seashells – look for some beans (Of course also try to remember the phrase “Take only pictures, leave only footprints“)!

Due to the various currents that collide near the south Atlantic coast many different types of seeds drift onto the shore. Washed up and often hidden in the wrack line, these sea beans are a marine jewel to many beachcombers. Sea beans are seeds that have traveled for many miles through currents from the Caribbean, South America, or even as far away as Africa. They come in many shapes and sizes, but since they have spent a considerable amount of time exfoliating in salty water they often appear smooth and polished. Here are some that are commonly found.

Hamburger Bean

Sea Pearl

Lucky Bean

Image (c) top – seabean.com, middle – backyardnature.net, bottom – iloveshelling.com

Please feel free to share other beautiful drift seed links here. Also, does anyone know where to attribute the phrase “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”?


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