Postcards From Monterey County is a weekly, black-and-white photo feature highlighting life throughout the diverse communities of our region.
Lucy Younkman hopes to make jewelry out of her finds. She proudly holds up a large, white bucket with dozens of black, shiny shells.
The 10-year-old and her grandfather Mark Stephenson spent part of the sunny, cloudless afternoon of Aug. 8 searching the clear, shallow waters of Lovers Point Park Beach in Pacific Grove in search for California Mussel shells.
"I like the beach, because I can build sandcastles and there are a lot of cool rocks and shells," says Younkman, who is visiting from Virginia. "There's not a beach near me (in Virginia)."