Sea Glass Collecting

Sea glass collecting is not as hard as some people may have you believe, and the ability to find sea glass, fortunately or unfortunately, is not likely to disappear any time soon

Human beings have yet to master the art of not littering; whether by accident or not., so contrary to what some people seem to think your supply of frosted glass treasures will likely be available for some time

You just need to know where, and how, to look for it.

I can walk a beach after the tide has reached its lowest level and still find pieces of glass among the many foot prints left behind in the sand. I think most beach goers are there merely to enjoy the sand and surf, but I also believe that pieces are easily missed because they seem to blend in with the sparkle of the sand and small stones scattered about.

Where to start your sea glass collecting

Where is the best place to start your sea glass collection? Pick a beach, any beach, and go for a walk.. Don't be discouraged if there are other folk already on the beach, or if the sand seems trampled by thousands of foot prints. The trick is to take your time; stroll, and look down.

You won't find anything admiring the water, scenery, or the area seabirds. What you seek is by your feet

Sandy beaches

Rocky coastlines

Sea weed strangled shores

Shorelines affected by daily tides

Any of these are a great place to start your sea glass treasure hunt

I have one particularly favorite beach in Nova Scotia that I like to go to right at high tide. As the water pulls back out I will walk the length of the beach one direction, then turn around and go back to where I started, searching the sand where the water has just been for left behind treasures

Pieces of seaglass may be left laying out in the open, or tucked up beside a stone, or even under a piece of seaweed. You just have to be willing to dig a little. Trust me, your efforts will be rewarded

Collection containers

I have had occasion where I made an unscheduled stop at a beach (probably because I found it by accident) and had to use an empty Tim Hortons cup, or even my coat or pant pocket. The point is anything you have on hand can be used as a collection container

Please, be responsible, and whatever you take on your treasure hunt be sure to take back with you.


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