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December 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Op Images: An oyster allegory captures irony and absurdity

Water, so silent that my heart stills, stretches to the sea and reflects a hint of a clear day. Oysters grow here. My first encounter with one was with my mother, in 1974, on a visit to Point Reyes National Seashore and the oyster farm at Drakes Bay. She gave me what seemed like an immense oyster and urged me to savor the scent of the ocean, to ignore the slime and swallow it down. Seeking this almost ceremonial ritual, I’ve returned many times.

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