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Urchin Homes

Many of the beaches on the west coast of Vancouver Island have outcrops of this soft dark shale rock which is used by sea urchins to excavate holes in which to live. This piece of rock had been broken off by a storm and moved up the beach to the high tide mark leaving the holes abandoned by their former occupants. I was attracted by the sheen on the rock and the ambiguity of form caused by the light on the left of the image, where the water filled pockets seem to switch back and forth between being holes and bubbles.