Shelllady

Shelllady

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Making a Post During Nap Time!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while...I haven't done much serious shelling in a few days....the tides aren't great right now....and we have family here for a few days! Our youngest daughter Jess and her son Joseph are here! Joseph is 2 and has never been to the beach. They live in the mountains of Virginia!
He seems to be enjoying himself very much! Running on the sandbars....
 Building Sandcastles....
 Playing in the sand....

Playing in the water with his Mommy....


Exploring sea life...
A tiny Horseshoe crab Molt..
King's Crown egg casing....
He even showed my Friend Cheri this tiny hermit crab!

...and held a tiny live SeaStar...

We visited the Library on Sanibel where he got to see the Biggest Elmo ever....
Played tag with his Mommy...
Played at the beach with Gammaw....C-H-E-E-S-E!
We even took some time and had a little picnic and just chilled out...

We did find a few shells at the beach though!

a few Mini shells, a tiny Button, Wentletrap, mini Horse Conch and Arrow Triton (I think)

Sunray Venus pair
Nice King's Crown
A Bubble and a nice Nutmeg....
Stay tuned....We are so Busy having a lot of fun!!

::Shelllady Hugs::


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Favorite Minis and Lots of Life

I got a message that my Shelling Buddy, Cheri was in town and I went to meet up with her on the beach. She too, needed some Beach Therapy, and Sanibel Beaches do not disappoint....

The tide was headed toward low and the sandbars and tidal pools were out, it was a beautiful evening! This awesome live Kings Crown was enjoying a stroll as well!


So was this Reddish Egret...I love these guys, they do a little dance as they are fishing, I couldn't catch it with my camera this time!
Cheri found another live Shark's Eye, so glad to see so many of these out there this trip...
There were a lot of live Olives too.....traveling both on the beach and in the pool...

 Look at the amazing pattern on this guy, his shell and his body!
There were live Lightning Whelks,
Sand Dollars....this guy was huge, but badly cracked, I hope he can fix it!
Live Pear Whelks all over the place!
This guy was using this pen shell as his shelter, but decided to come out swinging when we walked by....
The sky was beginning to look pretty lively too....

It was a great visit, as we walked and talked, ....and of course found some minis!


Just look how tiny....that's a dime in there for size! The white shells on the left are Wentletraps....I love looking for these....!

Yesterday was Shellcrafters day so I didn't make it to the beach, but hopefully the storms will get done early this evening and I'll get there tonight....stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::







Sunday, July 9, 2017

Slow Mosey for Therapy

The storms stayed on top of us here in Ft. Myers until late, but the radar said that it was nice and clear over Sanibel Island.  So I left, in the rain around 6:00 last night, hoping to catch the negative low tide at about 7:30.  It rained so hard on the way, I had to slow down to see....all the while I wondered if this was a mistake! I got to the top of the Causeway bridge and it stopped....and I could see that Sanibel did indeed look clear!

The shelling has been fairly slow, but the beach therapy as always was amazing, so much to see....beautiful clouds, so many different kinds of birds, the Gulf was slowly lapping on the beach, crystal clear water....just ahhhhh!

I found a few treasures when I first got to the beach....
(from left: a broken Flat Scallop, Rough Scallop,small Calico Scallops, a Big Fat Olive, Auger, Olive two Juvenile Fighting Conchs, a small Chestnut Turban, Keyhole Limpet, Coral, Nutmeg, Kittens Paw, Auger, Silver Jingle, Double Kittens Paw and a tiny scallop

Not bad for the first few minutes, would have LOVED for that Flat Scallop to have been complete. I love them, and don't find them very often.

I slowly moseyed down the beach, I can never turn down a pretty Scallop....
...or two

and this tiny Double Jewel-box...it will be pretty when it's cleaned up, bright pink inside...
...another tiny Dusky Cone... a beautiful Orange one
The water was nice and clear, so you could just slowly walk and look...
Then I began to see the minis... In the first pic, do you see a Nutmeg and a Sharp ribbed drill?
 and there is a nice Wentletrap in this one!! SCORE!!
Here is the same Wentletrap, a Button shell, and the world's smallest Chestnut Turban!!
 ...Some more coral, another Colorful Chestnut Turban, Dusky Cone and juvenile Fighting Conch....
 I also found a Lightning Whelk, a tiny little Nutmeg, 2 Oyster Drills and another tiny Fighting Conch.
On the way back to the car, I couldn't resist this tiny little Orange Scallop

Or this tiny Horse Conch...
 And I love Rose Tellins, I don't find many of these either!!

The beautiful Sunset just added to the wonderful Beach Therapy....
This was the last few minutes after the sun had set, and just before dark....the view from the Causeway...just beautiful!

Will head out tonight after the storms...stay tuned!

::Shelllady Hugs::