Archive for September, 2010
I went shell hunting on the streets of Sanibel and Captiva… literally. I want to start using some of my shells to cover my mailbox so I needed to get some inspiration. The creative shell crafters that made these mailboxes gave me the perfect nudge to get started on my own. My friend Jane (from my post Jane’s Seashell Frames) made this first one and the last one but I don’t know the other artists. Maybe this will inspire you too! (?)
Clark found this weird piece of ..errr….uhhh…. well I really didn’t know what to call it for a few days. It feels hard like concrete but very light in weight and it’s about 2 inches long. I asked a lot of people and most thought it looked like a piece of worn coral or sedimentary rock… and it does… sort of. But it looks like it has worm holes, bits of shell and formed bubbles inside which seem fossilized or something so it was still a mystery.
Then…..Ta Da! Dr. Jose Leal, director of Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, knew the answer. A piece of BRYONZOAN COLONY. He said “This is actually a worn piece of a bryozoan colony; bryozoans are colonial animals unrelated to corals, but which form superficially similar calcium carbonate structures (read more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryozoa).” I clicked the link to read more on BRYOZOA and it sounds similar to SEA PORK (a zooid colony) with a little calcium carbonate added (for flavor- HA!).
Here’s another picture of pieces of bryozoan colonies by my blog buddy Carla Barone (shelling Queen of Little Hickory) who took the cool video of a live WHELK. She found quite a few pieces!
Can you see the rainbow? No, not the beach umbrella … the real rainbow. It was so pretty with the golden sea oats but the rainbow didn’t show up as well in the photo. Maybe the next shot you can see it a little better but it’s just a piece of it.
Ahhh. I just love a rainbow (doesn’t everybody?). There were only a few shells on the beach and the water was really rough but the shells are starting to come in. I know this because there were shellers snorkeling out by the sand bar and I met one of them. He showed me CONCHS, COCKLES and a PEAR WHELK they had found about 15 yards out in the water.
See how rough the gulf was at Algier’s beach earlier today with a few shells.