Saturday, January 19, 2019

Night Shelling...Last Low Tide

Since I will be leaving tomorrow, Team Cheri decided to make the best of my last night. The tides are super low, because it is nearly a full moon, so we hit the beach at 3 am!! Did I mention that we're crazy?? Gotta be the first ones out there, before low tide, right? I don't think it is possible to be the first one out this time of year....within 5 minutes we spotted some flashlights, and saw footprints letting us know that someone had already been there.... that's ok...Night shelling is still a blast!

We walked for quite a while and saw little to nothing on the sand bars, tidal pools, so we got in the car and tried somewhere else....Cheri pretty quickly spotted a Horse Conch in the tidal pool....
Not a great point on this back he went....

a couple minutes later another....
Good color, good point....this one went in her bag..

I think this one went home with her too!.....

She then found a nice Lightning Whelk!
She didn't want it, so this one went home with me!! You know me, I cannot resist Lightning Whelks for some reason! I'm getting better, but still come home with at least one every single trip! 

She found a pretty nice Alphabet Cone too!
Further down the tidal pool got a little bit deeper and we started seeing Live Horse Conchs....LOVE to see this! The Red Tide this summer didn't get them all!!
If you look at the dark shadow, there is another one here too!

Then I noticed the top of a large Lightning Whelk sticking out....I ran my hands around him and lifted him out.....woohoo, it's empty!
Beautiful White inside!

I looked over and Cheri had found one too!! Before we were done, we found 5 of them!! 
Can you imagine if we had kept all of these....we couldn't have carried them all!! Cheri and each picked one and tossed the rest in the tidal pool for someone else to enjoy finding....

We continued down the beach...under a beautiful, nearly full moon!   But we had little shelling luck after that....
We did see some awesome live stuff though....
Sea Stars...I believe these are Brown Spiny Sea Stars...

Sea Anemones....

I'm still learning with my camera....that shiny spot is the reflection from my flashlight.....keep in mind, these guys are all under the getting the light just right can be tricky....Cheri has it mastered...her pics are awesome!!!
...and it's her cell phone!! ;)

She found this guy....and I did some investigating....I think it is a Featherduster worm, fully cool is this??
Like she said, it looks like an eyeball!!

She also found this Sand dollar, burrowing in the sand....
The shelling wasn't great, but the therapy, walking and talking were great!! The sky was gorgeous as the sun began to rise....

We didn't see the sun rise, but it came up as we were headed home.....another beautiful day!! 

This Osprey was saying goodbye as we headed off the beach...

These were my finds for this trip....with a couple of gifts from Cheri!!
Lightning Whelks (of course) Olives,  a couple of Alphabet Cones, orange scallops, small Horse Conchs, little Lace Murex, and Shark's eye, a Gaudy Nautica, and a couple of Banded Tulips..
Yes, that is a piece of Junonia in the front....still hoping!!
As usual, today was a great adventure, and I can't wait to come back for more....Hope you enjoyed coming along!!

I may post more another day obout other trips to get you caught up... 
...Stay Tuned! ;)

::Shelllady Hugs::

Friday, January 18, 2019

Island Hopping with Admins!

I'm still here, just been too busy (and lazy) to post! Shelling hasn't been exceptional, but the Beach Therapy certainly has! Shellcrafting therapy a couple of times this week has been too!!

I am an admin (administrator) for a facebook page called "The Shellinators", there are 10 of us that admin the group and we're from all over the country! Rarely, if ever, have we been in the same place at the same time, but we have still become great friends! Four of us, Cindy, Liz, Cheri and I decided to go out on a Shelling excursion together yesterday....what fun it was!! ....the shelling was good too!!

We started out just as the sun came up...another beautiful day!
Me, and Cindy heading out with Capt. Nate at the Helm!
Cindy and her beautiful Smile....whatever the conditions are! 
Liz and Cheri had the wind at their backs!

The shell hunt begins....
Cindy, Cheri and Me!

Liz, Cheri and Cindy
This pelican was kind enough to allow a nice photo as we passed him by...
This Calico Crab was testing the waters.....I think it was too cold for him!
This live True Tulip was huge!! 
But it's good to see lots of live shells out there....

Cap'n Nate stopped at Cape Pompano at the Dome Homes and grabbed this great pic!!
Cindy, Liz, Cheri and Cheri
The dome homes are beautiful, though sad that the Gulf is taking them over....there were 6, now there are 4....soon they will be a reef.

The birds obviously love them!

We all worked hard to find treasures....
and it paid off for each of us!!

Cap'n Nate wanted a pic with my favorites...
mine was a couple of Rose Murex and a nice Alphie!! (Alphabet Cone)
Pretty Rose!
Liz's were Rose Murex also!!
It turns out that we all found some nice Rose Murex which is awesome!

Cindy even found a Scotch Bonnet!!! 
Cheri posted a saying on our facebook page that absolutely sums us up:

“Friendship is about finding people your kind of Crazy” 

I'd say that pretty much sums us up!! So fun with these great Girls!! We gotta do this more often!

We all had a great time...and found great stuff!!


with some feathers too!
and mine!
and some of my favorites too...
Beautiful, tiny Lace Murex 
Florida cones

Alphabet Cones!!

Nice Olives!

Love those Horse Conchs!

Dark Nutmegs!
 and last, but not least..
Rose Murex....4-1/2!

We finished up with lunch together....we were all exhausted, but happy....hopefully you will see us together again....I leave in a couple of days...but there is always next time! 

Still have time for one more trip, so Stay tuned!!

::Shelllady Hugs::