found on the beach – feeling blue

by Kaylah Stroup
It’s beach season again! Swimsuits, sun, swimming or… ya know, trash. If you’re a new reader and totally confused already, be sure to check out the tag found on the beach.

Last week I headed to my favorite beach to get some fresh air. Still feeling a bit like there was a dark cloud hovering over me I figured spending the evening watching the sun go down over the lake, and listening to the waves hit the beach would do me good. I guess I forgot how much I loved that place, I was instantly at ease. It didn’t take long before I was compulsively picking up lighters. I wanted to do another set of beach trash photos but didn’t necessarily want to do another rainbow gradient. I do love doing that, and will most certainly do it again in the future but I waned something new. So…I picked up everything blue I found, all while singing this song, of course. I walked for around twenty minutes, really probably less. Just one swoop across the beach and this is what I gathered.

lake erie, beach trash, trash
Crazy how many milk jug rings!
I considered leaving the collection there for others to find but felt a bit guilty not tossing everything. I’d love to do something with these things other than just taking photos, that’s actually been floating in my mind the last few times I’ve went to pick up trash. I’m just not sure what to do yet…

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Mindi Wooley April 21, 2015 - 1:38 pm

I love your beach trash posts so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they're one of my favorite things you do! I love the monochromatic theme this time-so cool ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Thank you so much, Mindi! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anita April 21, 2015 - 2:07 pm

I love this and what a neat concept! Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Thanks, Anita! ๐Ÿ™‚

hello haha narf April 21, 2015 - 2:21 pm

makes me sad to see how disgusting most humans are. thank you for showing us the pretty that can come from the litter. also, thanks for being awesome and disposing of so much plastic.

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Thanks! It is really sad, humans are kind of gross sometimes…

julia April 21, 2015 - 2:48 pm

it's crazy how many things you always find, even when you're just picking up blue stuff… i really like these photos, though ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Right? I can't believe I was able to find so many blue things so quickly.

Tilda April 21, 2015 - 4:50 pm

You could mount them like that on pieces of drift wood you find—I've done that with stones and shells, but trash would make an interesting composition. And you certainly have an eye for arranging ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Yeah, but then what do I do with it? I'm not 100% sold on hanging it in my home, I don't really have room.

Kayly Nyman April 21, 2015 - 6:21 pm

This is so wonderful!

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:04 pm


Lindwormmm April 21, 2015 - 6:26 pm

These are one of my favourite posts by you <3
The photos are always so pretty and you do such a lovely job cleaning the beaches at the same time.
That's just awesome!

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Thanks!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

izzzzz April 21, 2015 - 6:39 pm

These kind of posts always give me mixed feelings. On one side it's beautifull but on the other one it make me sad and suprised at the amount of trash you can find (I live in a place where they try to keep the beaches pretty clean)

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Yeah, it's a bummer but what can you do other than try to make the best of it. I personally can't stop others from making a mess but I can make something pretty from the mess they leave.

Kristina Burkey April 21, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Maybe arrange inside a frame and pour clear resin over everything for a piece of art or a tray or something!

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

hey, a tray isn't a bad idea!

BUT DUDE! how awesome would a floor be?!

Arian Lobon April 29, 2015 - 8:41 pm

It'd be a great awareness piece for people to pick up trash at the beach!!! A little path made of trash in clear resin towards the beach.

Kezzie April 21, 2015 - 7:09 pm

I do love these!!x

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

thanks, kezzie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaitlyn April 21, 2015 - 8:16 pm

So freaking beautiful. The blue just draws your eyes. Love it.

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

thanks, kaitlyn! ๐Ÿ™‚

iwantmythunder April 21, 2015 - 8:36 pm

It's really weird how many of those flossing sticks you find. I can't imagine ever thinking to bring one of those to the beach.

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:08 pm

The great majority of these things weren't left on the beach but washed up on the beach. Still, I didn't even realize that many people used flossing sticks. Using floss isn't hard…

candidcerebrations April 22, 2015 - 1:58 pm

You could glue it all into a shadow box, maybe even put sand in with it. Or use it for a table top with glass over it. Would be cool to some how incorporate it for outdoor furniture.

Kaylah April 22, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Ooh! A table top would be pretty cool!

Felo Wolke April 22, 2015 - 6:47 pm

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