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Monday, August 20, 2018

Lessons at the Lighthouse

What a fun day! Cheri and I met Lori and Laurie at the Lighthouse! 


How funny is that! We all met each other on Facebook, a few years ago, Cheri and I met in person, I think 2 years ago. Lori and Laurie met in person an island a few years ago also, and have also been shelling buddies. Now I've gotten to meet Laurie and Lori...in person! They wanted to meet with us to do some Wentleing! (Looking for Wentletraps)

So meet Lori and Laurie....
And Cheri and Cheri
We had a great time, Lori started the day out with a HUGE Baby's Ear!
and pretty quickly after that, Another!
They all know that I hope to do a Sailor's Valentine one day, so any minis anyone would find, they would toss into my bag!

Laurie found this cool little piece of carrier shells all connected together!
Cheri and I each found Sharks eye operculums that we gave to Lori...
There was a lot of shell trading going on! ;)

The Wentletraps weren't very plentiful, but Cheri started lessons for them....
She would circle an area and say there are 3 Wentletraps here...

and then they would search in the circle...
Pretty quickly they were spotting them...


We had a great time, but we had to cut the visit short because storms were moving in...
I'd say they did pretty well in our short time!
Lori and her Baby's ears....and some other goodies...
and Laurie and her Wentles...she even found a little Dusty cone....
When we got back to the parking lot, Cheri gave them each a jar....that already had a few Wentletraps in it!!

How nice was this?! They were so tickled! AND They had been taught by the master Wentletrapper! ;)

and I cleaned up too! These were my treasures that everyone contributed to! Thanks Girls!
 I hope to meet with them again one day soon...My trip is quickly coming to an end... :(   Hopefully I will have one more post before I leave...Shellcrafters today! 

As you can see in the pictures....the water is brown and a little smelly....I detected a tiny bit of Red Tide at one point, but it quickly went away. The city folks were there cleaning the beach of the dead fish....so it continues here, I suspect it will for quite a while longer!

Stay Tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Bittersweet Day

I decided to go back to my 'mini vacation' spot, from yesterday, Turner Beach, Captiva Island. I don't expect to fill my bag from any shells, So I've been happy with one special shell per day.....today they were Bittersweet Shells....


This is the only beach I've seen them, and they aren't very plentiful...but today I'd say they were!
I got a second special shell today....see it?
A Flat (ZigZag Scallop)
and another!

So already my day is complete!


I can't get over seeing the clear water....and being able to walk barefoot! You can see to the bottom in my shadow...it's just over knee deep....

Guess I shoulda got a picture of my knees, huh?! :)


There is a school of HUGE fish in this pic....
I couldn't see well enough to catch them in the center of the pic....the sun was too bright! There is one I caught in this pic...
There were more birds....a flock of Ruddy Turnstone were playing on the beach too!
I found this also...I have no idea what animal it is from, but I couldn't resist checking it out!

Orange was obviously the color of the day....I found several orange Scallops of all sizes! (I couldn't resist the tellin and piece of an orange Flat, wouldn't that have been a treasure if it was whole?!)
On my walk back to the car I found this special tiny guy..... He was alive....

...but he seemed very sluggish....I helped him to the water, and then was concerned that he may not be a water turtle....the waves washed him back to the shore....so I reluctantly left him, hoping he would find his way, whichever way that was supposed to be! 

I left Captiva and headed back to the other end of Sanibel to the Lighthouse, to meet Cheri to look for some minis..... She had found another tiny Arrow Dwarf Triton!....
Today was multiple day for me....apparently worm shells were plentiful also!
On the bottom left is an operculum (door) for a shark's eye....wentletraps above that with a TINY Lightning Whelk....Worm shells and 2 shark's eye...Big and Tiny!

I decided not to take pictures of the brown/orange water at the lighthouse, I have taken Wayyyy too many of them, it was fairly clear, though Brown and fairly stinky.  We did notice some Red Tide in the air....The city had several vehicles out there picking up fish....unfortunately that is the norm here lately. 

Cheri went out tonight at took some Beautiful Sunset pictures....it makes you forget about what's going on....if only for a minute!


Stay Tuned...

::Shelllady Hugs::

Friday, August 17, 2018

Days 7, 8, & 9 ...and a Mini Vacation!

On Sanibel, things have not really improved much, the Red Tide seems to be apparent, sometimes worse than others. The water is still Brown/orange from The releases....
Lighthouse Beach
 The dead fish continue...
I did go further West, up to Bowman's Beach....the water looked so much better....
But I had to immediately head back to the car because the Red Tide was awful....keep in mind, the Red Tide isn't seen, it's in the air, and affects you by a tickle in the throat to bad cough, runny nose, sneezing etc....

Cheri and I walked the beach about the center of Sanibel, my old favorite place, Gulfside City park...there were dead fish all up the beach 
and the Red Tide hit us in places there also...

It's really frustrating and depressing, just trying to understand why this is allowed to continue....So today I decided to try Captiva...reports are that it has been good, so I decided to check it out at low tide this morning....I was in need of a little bit of positive Beach Therapy... The water was very clear....and the color was more like it should be....

I saw birds...!  A Snowy Egret....

 ...I believe this is a Willet...
I got so excited....a Bald Eagle flew over!! (of course I didn't have my camera ready) I loved seeing their feet prints in the sand....
I saw lots of Ghost Crabs....
I did see a few dead fish, but they were from a long time ago....dried out
There was no smell, and no Red Tide! I so enjoyed myself! I took of my shoes, walked the beach barefoot, and even got in the beautiful water! Like a mini-vacation, I need it!

I found a couple of Shiva Shells (The 'door' of a Turban Shell) I love these little guys and have very few!

I found lots of pieces of ZigZag Scallops, we call them Flats....and finally found a perfect one!
Check out the size of this one....it must have been a huge one at one time!
I so enjoyed this! 

On the way back home, Cheri and I decided to meet at the Lighthouse, to look for some minis....and check things out....

Lots of Coquina!.....
and there were amazing thunderstorms brewing in the Gulf....



A slight Red Tide around the point, on the sound side..... It chased me off since it was getting closer and lightning nearby....
I did find a couple of minis....and Wentletraps...
I didn't come home with a Bag full of shells, but I did get a mini-vacation...and always love walking the beaches! Trying to just tell it like it is, not be too negative, but it is so tough to see....

Stay Tuned!

::Shelllday Hugs::