Taking the ocean home with me.
by Jennifer Britton
(Cape Breton, Nova Scotia )
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Hi, I'm not sure how active this page is, but hopefully someone can give me some feedback on this!
My family spends a bit of time on Cape Breton Island every summer. I wish we lived there, and my heart breaks every time we have to leave to go back to Ontario for the winter. I'm an avid beach glass collector and have had such wonderful luck over the years, but this summer I found the most incredible piece.
I picked up what looked to be just a simple piece of brown beach glass. It appeared to have been melted at some point, but otherwise just looked like any number of other pieces I've collected over the years. But when I held it up to the sun, I couldn't believe it- there was ocean water trapped inside!
At first I thought that it must have a hole or something in to have let the sea seep in there, but I've had it on dry land for several weeks now and nothing leaks out. The sea is completely and perfectly sealed inside, with a small little air bubble that allows me to better see the water moving around in its little chambers. There is also a small amount of beach sand in there too.
I've searched online to try to find any other examples of this happening, and haven't found any yet. I'm sure the glass must have melted then solidified again in the water, but I can't get over how neat this is! It's hard to really show how incredible it is with a photo- I can't show the water moving in a still frame, obviously. But I have taken video which shows it quite clearly. Unfortunately I can't seem to upload it here, but I'm happy to email it to anyone who is interested in seeing it.
I just wanted to share this with other people who might appreciate just how cool it is, so was happy to find this online community. Leaving Cape Breton this year was still heartbreaking, and I am counting the days until I can make it back- but at least this time I was able to bring a bit of the sea home with me.
I'm hoping to make the piece into a pendant or something so that I can wear it close to my heart.