A Pecten for a Pilgrim
Wednesday, 19th November 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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days it's starting to get dark by four and , after a day of errands
and sorting out technical stuff on the computer I decided that I
had to draw something - anything!
ponies circle around each other and knuzzle each other on their
patch of hay in the meadow.
scallop shell, which we picked up on the beach
last week at Scarborough is 6 cm in diamter; they grow to 15 cm
(6 inches) and will live to 20 years. Unfortunately on their offshore
sand and gravel beds all around the British Isles their numbers
are much depleted.
from the edge the ribs of this species, the Great Scallop,
Edible Scallop or Clam, Pecten
maximus, are round in section, like a corrugated roof. It is
the related St James Scallop that was used as a badge, and as handy
water scoop and food bowl, by pilgrims on the the route to Santiago
would find the deeply cupped right valve of the scallop the most
useful: the left valve, the one I've drawn, is much flatter.
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