Friday, April 8, 2011

Picture Perfect ~ Formation

Thank You Gayle for this wonderful new theme for Picture Perfect


Nature gives us many gifts in the form of exotic and beautiful delights.

One of these being the creation of a stunning pearl.

­The formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell, which irritate­s the mantle. It's kind of like the oyster getting a splinter. The oyster's natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. The man­tle covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl.

So a pearl is a foreign substance covered with layers of nacre. Most pearls that we see in jewelry stores are nicely rounded objects, which are the most valuable ones. Not all pearls turn out so well. Some pearls form in an uneven shape -- these are called baroque pearls. Pearls, as you've probably noticed, come in a variety of various colors, including white, black, gray, red, blue and green. Most pearls can be found all over the world, but black pearls are indigenous to the South Pacific.

The exotic Pearl Below is a Black Pearl From the South Pacific.

The Shell is another one of natures most beautiful formations.

This was given to me many years ago by a shell collector.

Ah! the beauty of Natures Many Forms.






  1. that's a beautiful capture, milli.

  2. Fantastic picture and excellent theme

  3. Is it only me that thinks it looks like an eye? lol. Well done Milli, that's a precious formation for sure...

  4. It is the beauty of Natures, really.

  5. Beautiful shell and pearl. Love the colors, and your framing in the similar color sets it off nicely.

    Picture Perfect - Formation

  6. If it were a marble I would rate it a sixer.
    However since it is a marvel of your creation all I can say is---
    You've done it again.

  7. Nice choice, Milli. I love pearls, though I haven't been that lucky to have one, hahaha. Awesome picture.

  8. I can't get in to see your picture .. it's set at "private". :o(

  9. naarta, I can't get in to see your picture .. it's set on "private". :o(

  10. Wow Milli, this is stunning!!! Amazing detail and color. I swear, your pics are such a joy to look at :-).

  11. i love how you put them together. beautiful!!

  12. The pastel pink sets off the pearl and draws your eye inward. Beautiful

  13. It does look a bit like an eye and I too thought the same.
    Thanks Mia.

  14. I played marbles too Bill LOL.

    Aww and thanks so much Bill.

  15. Wow, that's lovely! It has such a beautiful glow!
    Thanks for your kind words on my photo :)

  16. What a wonderful colour and series of textures. That pearl tucked in there only adds to the mystery. Great photo.

    Thanks for your comment regarding my photo.


  17. Always fascinates me... Could spend hours looking at all the details without always seeing the same thing! Great capture! Ty for your visit on my post!

  18. You got my interest Milli.
    What a great shot. I would say just perfect.
    And the info you give with this
    wonderful shot is fascinating.
    My friend from the South Pacific just gave me a black pearl.
    They find them on the beaches all of the time.
    So I really enjoyed this entry.

    Mine is kind of dumb but it is Gayle's Hubby 's sand art.