Shelllady

Shelllady

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Back to What is Familiar...& a Windy Low Tide

I haven't been able to go out for any beach therapy in the last couple of days, spent all day Monday at the Shellcrafters, which was a large amount of fun! We are working on our golf cart for the July 4th parade.  I have homework! :)  

The tides are beginning to get low in the evening now, was to be 0.0, but I wasn't sure if it would be able to get low due to the continued strong winds...
So I went back to where I was familiar...Gulfside City Park on Sanibel Island.
It was even blowing these Ibis feathers all over the place!
It was a nice low tide, but the water was rough and sandy, so all shells had to be taken between waves or on the beach. That's okay, the wind keeps the noseeums from biting and keeps it feeling cool.

There were a lot of Coquina out, haven't seen them live in a really long time...
I saw at least half a dozen Lightning whelk 'tails' sticking up through the sand...

...and saw this live cockle chillin' out along the surf... 
Up until today, I haven't seen much live, so this was quite a welcome sight.

The winter storms have changed the coastline quite a bit, and basically eliminated the tidal pools, which is my favorite type of shelling.  It looks like the tidal pools are trying to reform....
...and look what was laying in the tidal pool....do you see it?
Sure enough...a big horse conch!
It was huge, I looked at it for a while, debated rather I wanted to take it home...and decided to leave it for someone else...the point wasn't in great shape, though the color looked pretty good....I already have several so I thought I would turn it over and leave it for someone else to find.....
This couple picked it up and talked about it....I could guess the conversation...."Wow! We should take it! Where will we put it? How will we get it cleaned up, How will we get it home?" They decided not to take it...
I kept an eye on it for a long time, and no one else saw it, so it stayed put.

I have always said that I didn't like slipper shells, the reason is because they have so many different colors, they always look like something else! Like this....see the spots? Spots mean, Alphabet Cone or possible Junonia if they are larger spots....

Nope! Another Slipper!

There were tons of Fighting Conchs, I left those for someone else also, I already have too many....

I couldn't resist this perfect large Apple Murex, though I have too many of them also....
Or this pretty Pear Whelk....
I did leave this Banded Tulip for someone else to find....
A first for me was this live Auger....Put him back into the Gulf after his photo op...
I did find a few minis for my collection along the edge of the new forming tidal pools...Kittens paws, Jingles, an Olive, tiny Tulip & Fighting Conch, and Scallops.
A handful more Fighting Conchs and a Carrier Shell (bottom pic)! Took the Carrier shell home with me....
I can never resist the tiny Horse Conchs... (Sorry the pic is out of focus)
Or a beautiful little Shark's eye... ;)
I walked much further than I intended and the walk back wore me out! The sand was semi-soft and my feet were sinking with each step....a good workout!! 
On my way back, I met this couple! Notice in his right hand?! SCORE....he took home the huge Horse Conch! ;)

 The surf continues to roll..... I love this place....such GREAT Therapy!
Stay Tuned...

::Shelllady Hugs::

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Something Different

The Gulf has been so rough since I got here, and the wind has been howling. I decided to try something different this time. I have been reading on facebook that Turner Beach, has had a shell pile this week. I have never been there when there was one, so I decided to do something different and check it out... 



 There was certainly a shell pile...I sat at the top and sifted through for a bit and came on the beach side....the waves were splashing in and washing it slowly back into the gulf.  I never did find anything special, I have become a bit of a shell snob since I have so many shells, but people were walking away with their bags full! 

Once again I decided to do something else different. I have never shelled Captiva at all so I went for a walk down the beach.
The first thing I noticed was that the sand was much darker than I was used to on the Sanibel beaches. The shells I found seemed very colorful. The first thing I found was something I have not found on the West Coast before....a beautiful Bittersweet!
Right behind that I found a Painted Egg Cockle....
Orange was the color of the day, everything seemed brighter!
Scallops, Coquina, a tiny Olive, small Turban and a Jingle 

A baby Horse Conch
Worm shell tip, Kitten paw pairs, Auger, Scallop and bright orange Jingle.


I walked down a ways, and decided to try on the Sanibel Side, so came back across the bridge to the beach... There were lots of shells washed up on the beach there as well...


Found nothing special on that side, so I made my way back toward the car, deciding to catch the sunset on this Hazy day.

This Frigate bird was soaring overhead, seeing what was going on....
The tide was high, and it was splashing on the rocks along Turner beach...the Gulf is definitely angry these days!
The other side of the bridge looked nice and calm....though there was a thunderstorm looming overhead!
Looking down at the Gulf from above the rocks...
Though not very bright on this hazy day, the Sunset was beautiful, and subtle...


Another day of colorful minis....

...a few shells closer to my collection for the Sailors Valentine....it will take me a long time to get all I think I will need, but I'm up for it!! ;)

Stay Tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Windy Mini Day!

I have been thinking a lot about making a Sailor's Valentine (explanation at the bottom of this post) with shells I have found, want to avoid buying any shells if possible.  I realize it's a tall order, but that's my goal anyway...so I need to find all the minis I can.  So today was going to be mini day.  I noticed while I was crossing the Causeway onto Sanibel that it appeared that the bay side of the Lighthouse was somewhat protected from the wind, so I thought I would start there.  I realize the tides are not right, but it's still worth a look, right?!...and I ALWAYS need some Beach Therapy!

I wasn't there but a couple of minutes when I saw this guy, high up on the beach...a tiny Lace Murex

That's a good start! ....with the wind so strong, and tides so high, I figured it would be tough to find the tiny minis, but in just a few minutes I had several small ones...
Coquina pair, Shark's eye, coral, small olive, Dosinia, and bubbles
Tiny worm shell, shark's eyes, Top Shell, Drill, coquina pair, oyster drill, keyhole limpet and jingles

Of course I couldn't resist the opportunity of a postcard photo op....
I didn't have much luck with the micro minis, but was a lovely walk anyway....
I had another miss with an Alphabet cone....merely a piece...
and I couldn't resist picking up another Lace Murex...
I love the Baby's ears too!

and I ALWAYS have to take a picture of my favorite lighthouse! :)
I stopped on my way home on the causeway for the sunset....


Another perfect day in Florida!!

Stay Tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::


PS...for those of you that don't know what a Sailor's Valentine is...
sailor's valentine is a form of shellcraft, a type of mostly antique souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of small seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890, and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one or loved ones.[1] Sailor valentines are typically octagonal, glass fronted, hinged wooden boxes ranging from 8 to 20 inches (20 to 51 cm) in width, displaying intricate symmetrical designs composed entirely of small sea shells of various colors glued onto a backing. Patterns often feature a centerpiece such as a compass rose or a heart design, hence the name, and in some cases the small shells are used to spell out a motto or sentimental message.


Just a couple of examples: