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Sep
15

Blue Sky Boating to Beachcomb

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We went for a boat ride around the islands of Sanibel, Captiva and North Captiva on Saturday.  Clark was so jealous he wasn’t able to go out on our iLoveShelling Captiva Cruises last week, and it’s been months on our boat so he was bound and determined to get out and about on the water. Of course we had to stop at plenty of beaches to look for shells.

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We found a few! Of course I was thaaa-rilled to find this beautiful wormie and a couple of perfect medium sized SAND DOLLARS.

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But. My favorite find of the weekend was this lemon yellow ROUGH SCALLOP. Yummy find!

lemon yellow rough scallop seashell

We spent a good part of the day watching the wildlife and fell in love with several ROSEATE SPOONBILL birds feasting on tiny fish or crabs in the low tide pools…

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We found a few more shells but these are our faves. I know, I know… Yes, those are DEPRESSED SLIPPER SHELLS in our faves pile but we saw so many, I feel like they were speaking to me. And when I bent down to pick up a SAND DOLLAR or WORM SHELL or that cute little DUSKY CONE, I couldn’t help but pick up a pretty JINGLE or two as well. JINGLES make me happy- I dont know why- they just do. It was such a wonderful day to be out on the water and out with my honey. He makes me happy too.

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Oct
21

Bald Eagle Love Story

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Bald Eagle Love pair North Captiva Florida

We just got our first dose of cool 70s, non-humid weather to feel the fall season here upon us in SouthWest Florida. Along with cool weather, every fall we look forward to the arrival of the WHITE PELICANS who spend the winter months with us on the islands. Since the fall weather has also sprung a terrible cold onto poor Clark, we didn’t get out on the boat this weekend as we normally do at this time of year to greet the new arriving birds. So I reminisced about last year. OMG! I never showed you a video I made of the birds we saw last year on this same weekend in 2011! I think I was way too over the moon last year after finding a LION’S PAW and my very first (and only) JUNONIA to even think about making a movie but …better late than never, right? LOL

After finding the best shells of my life last October, we watched the PELICANS gracefully fly from one mud flat to another on North Captiva, then spotted not just one BALD EAGLE… but two BALD EAGLES!

Here is a movie from the video I shot last year of their sweet little romance that unfolded right before my eyes and my camera lens. I’m so happy I captured their EAGLE date on video…. yes, shaky video… but I’m so happy I can share it with you now.

Here’s the story of Jule Eaglette and Rome Eagleo…

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Sep
06

Oh What a Beautiful Boating Day

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Live Limpets on a fallen tree on Cayo Costa

No rain and no work! …. Time to get out on the water. We took the boat out to our fave spots North Captiva and Cayo Costa. We found three BABY’S EARS, a few WHELKS and WORM SHELLS (only a few) and the views were spectacular. Well worth the trip.

Periwinkle on Cayo Costa

Ibis and roots

South tip of Cayo Costa

Limpets in wood grain

Barnacles on tree root ( I know, nothing fancy but I thought it looked very picturesque)

Ibis in a Cayo Costa tree

Ibis enjoying the view

Clark with a Rocksnail

We weren’t really sure what this shell was Clark found but he insisted it was something good. It kinda looks like a worn KINGS CROWN but the opening edge is sort of serrated. It was really slimed with algae and gunk so Clark got it cleaned up and then check again in the books to see if it’s a ROCKSNAIL . That’s what it looks like so far. It’s got some wear and tear but it’s 2 and a half inches long and it’s not something we find every day. I think it’s a good find too, Clark! (Update- 10-7-10: Yes, it’s a rocksnail. We got verification from MurexKen and Dr. Jose Leal from the Shell Museum. Thank you both!)

Rocksnail

Rocksnail

Birds on North Captiva

Christine (Venice FL) finding shells on North Cap

Pelican landing strip