Picture a Saturday in February, a crisp walk for two on a Cape Cod salt marsh. Each step meant testing the ground in front of us, given the recent snowfall and thawing earth.
Clam digging is wholly dependent on the rhythms of the shore. Beds are exposed when the tide is low, which is itself related to the patterns of the moon. Lowest tides often happen to be in the middle of the night, especially during a full moon.
On an expedition to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1906, the colonial official James Hornell was given a tour of Pukkulam in the Mannar district, on the northwest coast of the island.