Right now, 2018 seems far, far into the future. Still, I’m giddy with anticipation.
Here are a few studies Sarah did last summer, before she even had a contract. Now that’s dedication!
Aren’t the shells lovely? I can hardly wait to see the art for the book.
Both Sarah and I have been enamored with shells since childhood. I spent my summers beachcombing the sandy shores of Cape Cod, and Sarah enjoyed searching the rocky beaches of Penobscot Bay in Maine.
In some ways, I’ve been researching this book for most of my life. I’ve had the pleasure of spending countless hours exploring seashores all over the world, from Costa Rica to Mexico and the Galápagos Islands, from Hawaii, Great Britain, and Kenya to Vancouver Island, Canada.
Here are a couple of photos taken by traveling companions at moments when they were amused by my enthusiasm for shells and all the amazing creatures that call them home.
|Haena State Park, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii, January 2015|
Beach, Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, June 2015|