Volcanic black beaches are a fascination for me. This one, found in the tiny town of Mokau (north of New Plymouth) of New Zealand, is an especially vibrant shade of black. It has a natural sparkle to it. And then there are these seashells scattered about to give a colorful juxtaposition to the black sand. A “volcanic seashell.” The irony is that white sand comes from seashells and coral being crushed by the ocean waves or pooped out by parrotfish. That’s right, those beautiful white sand beaches in Hawaii so many are fond of shelling out big bucks to lounge on for days on end are actually fish poop. You can have the white sand beaches, I’ll take the black… as well as the green beaches.