When I recently visited the Peter Iredale shipwreck found on the Oregon coast, I was initially disappointed. When I think of a shipwreck, I imagine a vast hull, all rusted and torn, jutting up from the sand where it has been embedded. And, for the most part, this is the case with the Peter Iredale. I guess I was just expecting more wreck. Despite that, however, I found myself spending way more time focusing on the smaller flotsam that was strewn near the main hull. There is something about the way the waves interact with these smaller objects that I find mesmerizing and certainly greater than the sum of its parts.