Archive for Gulf Side City Beach (Algier’s)
It’s really a shame I’m not a morning person. Everybody assumes since I’m an obsessed sheller that I’m always the first one on the beach every morning. Wrong! I’m a lazy bum in the mornings and I love to sleep in… but there are a few certain occasions I like to see the sunrise. One of those occasions would be a really low morning tide after some nice north winds. That’ll give me a little shove out the door every time.
Every single solitary time I’m on the beach to witness a new day as the sun rises up over a fresh new string of shells with a golden glow… I wish I was a morning person.
It’s the time to see live healthy creatures.
I didn’t even have to touch this SAND DOLLAR to know it was alive. I could see cilia (or what I call “fur”) lining the outside of its body as well as each of the key hole slits. So beautiful!
This live LIGHTNING WHELK had already done an excellent job of digging itself back into the wet sand to wait for the tide to soon cover him back up completely so I left him alone as well.
My sunrise morning trip to Gulfside City Park Beach to see the beautiful colors of dawn, feel the calmness and to pick up a few treasures was well worth hearing that alarm clock ringing in the dark. But when I think about it, every single time I’m on the beach whether its dawn, mid morning, noon, afternoon, early evening or at dusk… I find something that makes me happy.
A few minutes before I headed home, I admired my loot and realized that I didn’t need to take everything I picked up. So if my biggest decision of the day was to choose which shells made it home with me… life is good today.
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As much as I love cold fronts blowing NW winds through SW Florida to bring loads of shells, the simple pleasure of walking the beach on a warm sunny day in December looking for minis … is what makes me tic.
Seeing a fresh pocket of shells washing up on the beach as the tide flows puts a smile on my face every time.
Sisters Linda (NY) and Sharon (PA) feel the same way. They met on Sanibel every year to comb for treasures knowing that each year they will find something different.
Sharon said she found double JEWELBOXES and her gorgeous yellow RIBBED CANTHARUS in the high tide “mud line” as she called it (which is the semi dried tidal pool). Linda found her sweet mix just at the water edged washing back and forth in the surf line.
Finding my way back to the beach access path at Gulfside City Park, I took this photo of shells that were left on the post for somebody else. The ShellFairy was there! I guess she doesn’t need any more shells but wants someone else to enjoy their beauty too. Hmmm… but why doesn’t she leave little baby HORSE CONCHS?
Dont forget! The Golf Cart Parade is Saturday starting at 3:30. This is the cutest holiday parade ever and it’s the first year I won’t be decorating a golf cart because… Im a judge! You can be a judge too since this year they have added a People’s Choice Award. Go to Captiva Holiday Village at http://captivaholidayvillage.com to get more info. But wait that’s not all, Captiva Luminary is after the parade and it is always a blast – last year Clark and I played the saw in the drum circle at Yolo Watersports… yes, a real saw with a screw driver as an instrument (CLICK HERE to see that crazy sight for sore eyes -heehee). If you can make it to this fun fun event, Clark and I will be a Shell Elves (“Shellves” haha) with our Seashell Santa Hats so if you recognize me or Clark, please say Hello!
This parade is so good- it was on the Travel Channel last year!
After all of the fun Captiva holiday festivities on Saturday, I’m sure you’ll want to be getting back to the beach on Sunday, right? So join me for our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure to Cayo Costa for a spectacsheller Captiva Cruises trip to the out island. CLICK HERE for more info
It’s gray today. The skies have been dark, cold and cloudy with drizzling light showers throughout the day. But there’s always something so good to find in a day like today in SW Florida … take for instance the spotting a few beautiful brown dots in the gray sand at Blind Pass this morning. Well, how about that- a beaming little fragment of JUNONIA sitting right in the middle of the new sand bar that formed again last week.
I found more sunshine to go along with that piece of polka dot shell. There was no thunder or lightning- thats so important so we could still be on the beach safely in the rain. Then… I found Ka’Sha, Stephanie, Aunt Andrea and E’Mia from Iowa laughing and cheering at every piece of shell they found on the BLIND PASS bar and in between rocks. They collected pieces of SAND DOLLARS, pieces of FIGHTING CONCHS, pieces of WHELKS and pieces of ARKS to put in their ziplock bags. It was their first time seeing shells wash up on the beach and they were enjoying every single minute- gray skies or not and broken shells or not. Happy.
After leaving Blind Pass, I headed to Gulfside City Park (I know, I know. I just can’t get enough of it these days!) to see the changes there since we’ve had a little cold front move through. Yes, there are a few new shells coming in with the tide but the best thing was to see the Iowan girls again. They were even more excited!
Combing the beach at the shoreline, there were a few nice treasures like this LETTERED OLIVE…
and this teeny tiny LIGHTNING WHELK.
Then I heard a scream… E’Mia found this big LIGHTNING WHELK completely empty. Awesome!
Since we have many shells still to be sorted in the Shellaboratory, I’ve been trying only to collect shells with different patterns, colors or sizes to take home from my beach walks. Today, I will have to find a place in my Shellaboratory for a juvie orange FIGHTING CONCH, a dark maroon spotted ROUGH SCALLOP and a dark striped juvie LIGHTNING WHELK. Ok, we probably have lots of similar ones to these…. but really- I’m trying my hardest to be selective. I want to leave more for YOU!
When I got home, I received a note from my shelling sistah CShells. She knew I couldn’t hit all the beaches this morning so she gave me an update on where she went and if there were any shell piles she saw (which she said “nothing major”). But she made me smile as she told me she saw a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE and a BALD EAGLE – “Some people would think it was a yucky day, but it’s amazing the wildlife you see when it’s raining. It’s a good day.” Yes, I agree. It’s always good to see the good through the gray.
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