Shelllady

Shelllady

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Catching up....

The first day shelling was last Tuesday, I got out just before sunrise....the beach therapy started immediately....it was instant!

The beaches looked so much better than it had on my last trip...though it was very windy and the gulf was churning....Hurricane Michael was on the way....it was west of us, but we did get some pretty rough water....we even had foam along the beach...
It did push the water up on Sanibel, but only for a day or so as it passed by.  I feel so badly for the panhandle...they are devastated, it's so hard to see! I lift them up daily in my prayers.

I did find a few strange things....a few bones....
and I collected some Pufferfish spikes.....gotta find some craft to use these, though they are fairly hard to find now.... that's all I found! The therapy was the most important thing!

Wednesday I didn't go shelling at all, the Gulf was extremely rough, and I didn't even come out to the island due to some flash flooding.

Thursday, Team Cheri got together and went out just before sunrise....we took a nice long walk at Bowman's beach....we did find some unusual things....like these round things....not sure what they are!!!

They may be a type of sponge, I think the bottom one is a Loggerhead sponge, but that is just guessing and looking in my books....any help would be awesome! The top one looks like it has some hair on it!! 

Thursday, Cheri's Flat radar was working well! First few steps she found this huge one!


It has also been the day to find Lightning Whelks....it appears that everyone has been finding these guys!
Cheri collected several!
We were walking back, and I completely missed this one!!! Almost tripped over it! Cheri finally said something....guess I was looking at little stuff! 
 It's a nice one too!
Here are my finds for the day....
Cheri had some good finds, too!
Today I decided to try some therapy at Blind Pass....the water looked much better today....fingers crossed that it will stay that way!
And there were birds!!!!! So excited to see them!
Flocks of Pelicans in formation....
Ibis strolling along the shore....
This Cormorant was just checking out the beach....
This Bald Eagle dove down right in front of me! I was watching him, he flew just above me and I grabbed my camera....not fast enough, he dove in, picked up a snack and flew off!
I didn't find many shells, a Bittersweet....

and a nice piece of coral were the highlights of the day....

Tomorrow I spend the day at the Shellcrafters, which is a blast!  

So now you are 'caught up!'

Stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Friday, October 12, 2018

Home Again in Paradise...

We are back home, in Ft. Myers! We actually arrived on Sunday, but have been pretty busy, so I will have to catch you up on our trip.  I'm going to do it a little differently, posting today's trip first....then catch you up with the last 2 days in another post later....Because today was an awesome day! 

 Most days here are, of course, but today team Cheri went out on a real adventure! We went to Marco Island and got on the Hemingway Water Shuttle. They dropped us off at Tigertail beach for a couple of hours....
There were tons of shells all over the beach....pushed up by high tides due to Hurricane Michael passing by us in the gulf...


Lots of Sunray Venus pairs.... with beautiful color....
Both sides of an Orange Scallop...
Lots of nice size Shark's eyes....you guys know I can't pass them up!

Nice Nutmeg...

Cheri found an Apple Snail with a Hermit crab in it!
It had been painted!
I saw several Live Olives....I love these guys!

There was an amazing shell pile....Cheri kicked around in it and found part of a nice dark Junonia!

I found a couple of Flats...(Zigzag Scallops)

And a live TINY Sea Urchin...
After a couple of hours, The 'shuttle' came by and picked us up and headed out to another island, Keewaydin. On the way, we found several small pods of Dolphins with babies!! I never got a really good picture, but it was so fun to watch!

Keewaydin didn't have those huge shell piles, but it had a nice long beach for some great therapy....and a few treasures, like this double Jewel Box...he was alive so he went into the Gulf....
 SCORE! Finally found a nice Alphabet cone! They have been few and far between lately!

 I had to take a pic of the cool pattern on this FFC (Florida Fighting Conch)
And this has to be the ugliest Alphabet cone I have seen (sorry about the bad photography!)....but it came home with me anyway!! ;)
Cheri found a nice Alphabet Cone also!
 ...and a Flat!
I found so many pieces of Flats....beautiful colors! Finally I found a whole one!
Mahogany colored!
...And I have to mention the birds....so glad to see birds! 

Cheri snapped these awesome picture of a Bald Eagle pair with her amazing Camera and Lens! 

First They appeared to be hugging....

Then he just flew away!!!


I think we did pretty well shelling....the therapy was Awesome!
here are my finds for the day...
 Purple Semeles, Cones, Horse Conchs, Flats...
 Worm shells, Jingles, Scallops, Olives... Fun!
The day ended as pretty as it began...Cheri snapped this awesome picture of the Sunset tonight on Sanibel....
Stay tuned....I'll catch y'all up!!

::Shelllady Hugs::