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A Gift From the Ocean

As a parting gift of my service trip to Midway Atoll, the wife of the Refuge Manager gave me this beautiful blue-green glass float. It is pretty good sized. About 6 inches in diameter. You can tell it was hand-blown and has a rounded glass plug that lights up nicely when the sunlight strikes it right.

Glass floats are not uncommon on Midway. Its location in the Pacific and the fact that there aren't that many people living there makes finding and collecting them a little easier. Most glass floats are Japanese in origin. They were fashioned out of recycled sake bottle glass (giving them that blue-green color) and attached to fishing nets. When the floats got loose from their nets, they joined the rest of the flotsam and jetsam riding the oceans' currents until one day this one ended up on the beaches of Midway Atoll.

If only it could talk, I'm sure this float would have some pretty interesting stories to tell.

This is my entry for Challenge 77 "Round".
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Aug 05 2007 03:25 GMT PhotoPro PRO
a wonderful story and a grand entry!
Aug 05 2007 03:30 GMT Pueo PRO
My pleasure. As always, I feel the story is just as important as the photo itself.
Aug 05 2007 04:18 GMT juanse
gorgeous....really pretty...good luck...
Aug 05 2007 05:15 GMT DonMussell PRO
Ooh, a nice one. We see them wash up regularly on Kaua`i on two particular beaches, but I'm not telling which one unless you ask privately. And they are making a comeback it seems, since the fishing fleets found that the glass ones last longer and are cheaper to buy.
Aug 05 2007 06:50 GMT ldhill62
interesting entry :))
Aug 05 2007 10:14 GMT Sheila PRO
Aug 05 2007 10:25 GMT Pueo PRO
Don, I won't ask you for your secret float beach. I know collectors all have their favorite times and places to search. I, for one, have never had the pleasure of finding a float. Someday maybe I will.

As far as the Japanese making more floats I don't know. They are, however, very big into recycling these days so I wouldn't be surprised if the art of making glass floats has made a come back. Sure they'll last longer, but can they really be any less expensive than those mass-produced Styrofoam floats?
Aug 05 2007 12:45 GMT kosmos PRO
Good luck in the challenge!

I have some big green ones (my father was a fisherman).
Aug 05 2007 17:09 GMT Lensvision
Nice story behind it.
Aug 05 2007 21:48 GMT fhelsing PRO
this is a great entry!
Aug 06 2007 01:04 GMT ashdad PRO
Aug 06 2007 01:37 GMT Pueo PRO
Kosmos, I would suppose fishermen have a greater chance of catching a glass float than most of us. The bigger ones are more rare.
Aug 06 2007 01:42 GMT Pueo PRO
Thanks Rebelion, I thought that in this case, less was more. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Aug 06 2007 23:13 GMT token
interesting photo I like it
Aug 11 2007 00:46 GMT Poulet PRO
Great play with light!
Beautiful story, Pueo.

Good luck for the challenge! :))
Aug 11 2007 11:39 GMT Pueo PRO
Thanks Poulet. I enjoy telling the stories behind photos. I feel they help to make photos more complete.
Aug 13 2007 03:35 GMT Kaydi
thats cool
Aug 13 2007 03:38 GMT Pueo PRO
glad you you enjoyed it Kaydi.
Aug 15 2007 02:07 GMT wifey
Superb entry… lovely piece indeed… we have a glass float but it's double the size of yours and not as pretty.
Aug 15 2007 02:43 GMT Pueo PRO
thanks wifey! I suppose this one would be more portable than yours. It enjoy it because it reminds me of all the great times I had on Midway.