One of my jewelry collections, Beachwalk, features many of the treasures that I collect on walks along the shores of Lake Erie. The jewelry pieces feature beach glass, pottery shards, driftwood, black smooth rocks and other random cast-offs.
Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, ‘spits up’ these goodies, particularly after a rain storm when the depths of the Lake are stirred up.
Lake Erie has a very rich past of shipping and shipwrecks. Hundreds of large shipping vessels lie on the bottom of the lake. Other historic events, such as Oliver Perry capturing an entire British fleet near Put-in-Bay, Ohio during the War of 1812, contribute to this accumulation. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
The turbulence, waves, and the riches on the bottom of the lake, interplay to yield the focal pieces seen in Beachwalk. So, we enjoy the lake, walk the beaches and dive while keeping an eye on the horizon.