Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Can I Keep Him?"

Can I Keep Him?

The sweet and ever-curious Elspith Wilder set out one late August day in 1903 to find "the most perfect sea shell" finding instead a terribly reluctant specimen from the brine who was nonplussed by her humorless and seemingly aggressive stance on collecting and ownership. Soon after this photo was taken, the creature freed himself from her mighty grasp and scrambled speedily back into the dark deep. Elspith refused thereafter to speak of the incident.

©2013 Julie Miller/HaggisVitae Studios


  1. TALK to me... have you all ever collected things from the sandy shores of earth? If so, ... what? And... why? Have you ever thought about it?

  2. Once upon a time I was going to collect fossils after finding a trilobite stone in a creek bed. I was told ancient sea creatures didn't exist. I put the fossil back.