An hour glass?… video game?… song title?… book?…
Those would have been my thoughts, too.
My most recent Oregon Master Naturalist class put the notion of sands of time into a much different perspective. David Lonsdale gave this phrase new meaning as he lead a full day of activities and learning discoveries at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and nearby South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon.
The photo-circles above clearly show “sand.” We find it on beaches everywhere and easily recognize it as tiny-tiny particles of pulverized rock and mineral. We’re happy when we get to the beach, and promptly begin to enjoy sand-related activities; not really giving sand much of a second thought. But a healthy helping of ”second thought” is what sand deserves. It is fascinating. And so are the physical and biological systems that rely on sand.