Friday, March 20, 2015

First Sunrise of Spring!

Let me start out with showing the tally of shells this week, this is Monday through Thursday. Good shells, but not nearly as abundant as our usual shelling.

 Very Large Sunray Venus Clams I found at Bunche Beach yesterday,
Sunray Venus Clams, coquina (butterflies), kitten paws and jingles
This is a Kings Crown I got yesterday at Bunche Beach, It will take a miracle to get all of these organisms and stuff off.....but I'm going to try....I can see the points on all three rows! Stay tuned for how this turns out! I will work on it when we get home...

Small coral bits found on Sanibel

Mini sand dollars from Bunche Beach yesterday.

We got to Sanibel early this morning, and there was a bit of a chill to the air....even the sand felt a little bit cool under my feet. It was by no means cold, and the Gulf didn't even have any 'shock' to it when you walked in it.  We were so early we beat most of the birds there this morning! These guys came flying in just before I snapped this!
I took this just has these guys ran in from the park, and took flight....hunting for breakfast!
...As the sun appeared, so did the birds! It just looks like spring doesn't it?....Pinks, yellows, oranges, lavendars....

It was another beautiful morning, Spring has Sprung..... 

The stars were out....

Even this Brittle star was dancing a jig...
Check out this HUGE piece of coral!
I noticed a little bit of spring orange color in the sand, see it?.....could it be????

YESSSSS! Score!! One of my favorites, a Horse Conch! 
From this moment on, the shelling was SO much better than the days previous! Our last day was a success, and so much fun!!

Remember the pic at the beginning of this post, shells from the last 4 days?.....Here is just today's finds!
Now that's more like it!!!! 

Here is the Horse Conch all cleaned up, notice the 'repairs' he has done over his growing!
Notice Hubby's Horse Conch on the left of the ruler in that awesome deep orange, and I got an angel wing too!
Seems purple or pink was the scallop color of the day!
I found this Florida Cone in it's Springy colors....
...and this small King's Crown!
I'd call today a success, wouldn't you??? It was a welcome change!! 

We head back North was 84 here today, and a high of 48 at home in Virginia, not looking forward to that, but that's why we call this paradise...right?? I will have some more posts in a few days....! Stay tuned, and thanks so much for tagging along with us!



  1. Your shells are awesome! Quality not quantity....that's the name of the game and you nailed it!! I can't wait to see how that kings crown turns out! Do you have a dental pick? A few quick soaks in muriatic acid and some picking should bring it back to its natural beauty!

    1. Thanks Moira, I agree, Quality over quantity! I do have a dental pic, and have always planned to try the acid....I believe there is a gem there under that gunk!!

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  3. The horse conch is lovely. And the colors in your pics are stunning!

    1. Thanks Kim! Horse Conchs are my favorites.....I think! I love them all!

  4. You scored some beautiful ones! I'm and 84 degree weather person, far more than 48 degrees, but home is sill home, no matter what the temp is :)

    1. I am the same way! But now that we have a home in has become the favorite of the 2. Heading back to highs in the 40s and 50s and lows in the 30s doesn't sound like much fun....I got spoiled!! :)