This vase was created circa 2009, when we briefly lived beside Queen Anne's Creek in a 100 year old cotton mill. The beetle was dead when we found him. He or she is a gorgeous olive green with black dots. We decided against collecting the swamp snakes and other living creatures a swamp contains!
This is the other side of the vase. A magnolia petal, painted gumballs, concrete bits, unusal sticks, moss, broken glass, palm cross, and a large elephant ear leaf are just some of the items inside.
These are the brick bits, broken china and drift wood found in and around the Chesapeake Bay.
Some of the shells have an iridescent look, very unique. In the middle of this photo, you can see one lone empty barnacle on a brick bit.
These vases sit atop a shelf we can see everyday to remind us of places we have lived and/or visited. Collecting precious things and memories at the same time, on this artist holiday.