I think I’d only had this camera a few days, maybe a week, when we went for a winter walk along a beach. Sometimes there are sea urchin shells washed up among the rocks and even occasionally they have their spines, but they’re always bleached and brittle. I’d never seen one like this before, I’m not even sure I knew what colour they were.
The experience was as if I had found a jewel, bright and alone on the fresh white sand. From the distance all that could be seen was purple on white, getting closer and with the recognition of it I received a gift.
And it was a delightful gift – one to find and then to leave undisturbed, hopefully for someone else to come afterwards and share my experience.