Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Mussel In

This juvenile maritime gull could not have posed in a better place for a photograph.  Is it trying to hitch a ride or just waiting for something tasty.
Perhaps some mussels though it would be disappointed in these for they are made of Kerry limestone.  Created by the stone sculptor Graeme Micheson in 2007 they stand on the Conwy quayside and called by their Latin name Mytilus Edulis but the real thing, the Blue Mussel, has many more hues. To the right of the sculpture is Conwy Mussels who hand rake (in wooden boats) the shellfish where they naturally grow on the seabed, and where the Conwy river meets the ocean.  This sustainable fishing make them larger in size than rope grown mussels.  The mussel season runs from 1st September until the end of April when they are sent to the fish markets  in something faster than this
Ye Olde Mail Coach, Conwy
 They are rarely disturbed in summer when they breed so maybe that is when they mail out publicity
Castle Street, Conwy
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey though the alphabet, this week sojourning at M


Leslie: said...

Lorne does mussels magnificently in a wine sauce! Love your photos.

abcw team

mrsnesbitt said...

We must tootle over.
Dxxx ABC Team x

photowannabe said...

Love your capture of the sea gull and his pose. Perfect.

Roger Owen Green said...

Have the Squeeze song, Pulling mussels from a shell" stuck in the head now.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ChrisJ said...

I know Conway very well - but haven't been back for a few years so I haven't seen the mussels. What a great idea though. My in-laws lived in Llandudno a very few miles away.

Reader Wil said...

The seagull is absolutely magnificent and a real star!
I love mussels and Conway Castle is stunning like the town!
Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Carver said...

Great shots and perfect for M.

Hazel Ceej said...

Cute gull. "Ye Olde Mail Coach" I love that.

ChrisJ said...

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog about the art show. I was so glad to see the comment about the northern light. Only a northerner really knows what that means. David Hockney mentions it frequently and he should know living in Bridlington. I'd missed your blog on Llandudno until now. I must visit more frequently.