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    As kids, my brother and I consumed the ocean. Literally. Swimming, diving, surfing, we always took in mouthfuls of water at play. We dined at crab shacks, and ate at seafood restaurants. Mom made abalone soup. She used no recipe, and we were not the greatest fans. But she played a game with us that involved finding pictures and images in the mother of pearl lining in the abalone shell. There is an alligator in this one. Just squint and you will see it.!
    Composition 18
    Lighting 16
    Creativity 20
    Story 17

    I so love this marbled image. The fractured, skewed colors, the composition, the framing, the patterns, the textures- there is so much each line enunciates, particularly in conjunction with your caption. I truly appreciate your specific emotional narrative which is clearly embedded on this shell, and how the ocean comes alive on your palate for you. It's like the age of the shell, expressed in its tree-ring like organic ellipses, contours each year of your own life story.

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist
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    Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2017
    Location: San Rafael, California, United States
    Copyright: © robin Wechsler
    Categories: Abstract, Nature
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2017, Ocean Encounters