The Sanibel sky turned black with rain clouds and turned white SANDWICH TERNS soaring by. The sky was such a beautiful back drop for them.
There were ROYAL TERNS and LAUGHING GULLS joining in on the fun too.
We didn’t stay on the beach long since that sky looked a little frightful and we weren’t seeing loads of shells other than this cute little LACE MUREX (or lacie), a few WENTLETRAPS and minis.
Up high on the beach was a wide wrack line of what I call “beach bling”. Yes, I made up the phrase! Here’s my definition…. Beach Bling: noun– (beech-bling) 1. anything that washes up on the beach other than seashells. 2. Collectable and/or noncollectable debris washed up on any shore.
Doesn’t “Beach Bling” even make PARCHMENT WORMS sound better?
More Beach Bling in the wrack line like BLACK MANGROVE SEEDS which are the little split green lima bean looking things in this next photo…
…and the RED MANGROVE SEED PODS mixed in…
This baby BLUE CRAB shell would fall into this category too…
But still the best thing to watch was the beautiful birds soaring and swirling in the stormy sky. They definitely stole the show
Pam – the storm clouds look so kewl!! Thanks for another group of fantastic pics!!
As always, beautiful photos and interesting to read! Love your page!
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!
I LOVE the shots of the birds!! Too cool.
Those tern shots look fab – almost like a painting. Very cool! I need some beach bling!!!! Its done nothing but rain here all week and I need some beach and sunshine.
Beautiful, beautiful bird photos!
I love the photos. The 1st one is my favorite. The contrasts are so striking.
What great beach bling and I LOVE the photos of the terns against the black sky. They are such beautiful birds.
Happy Autumn to you!
Those clouds are impressive. And bling is a much nicer term than what I was thinking!!!
Loved that pretty lace murex! Think that is my favorite shell…
Your pictures are stunning! Thank You for sharing with us!
Pam… or anyone who might know the answer….. we were down on Sanibel for New Year’s Day this year. When we come back, I’d like it be warm enough to go in the water snorkeling. Are October or November conducive to this? Or do I have to wait for next spring? Thanks
Wanda, Most years it is warm enough to get in the water and snorkel or swim or hunt for shells in October and November. You can always look back in my blog archives which are located on the right hand side half way down of any page. For example, the following link is for October 2010 and I show people in bathing suits so that is a big sign that it’s warm enough to get in the water- http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/2010/10/ . You can go to any month and scroll and and look at what types of shells people were finding those months as well. Have fun!
You would get a more accurate response from someone who lives there, but I would think that the weather and water would be warm enough. Go and look at Pam’s posts from last year for Oct. & Nov. and see what everyone is wearing and if they are in the water. That’s my best advise. Unfortunately, I have to wait until next March.
You truly live in Paradise. i hope someday i am so lucky…..
We are at the beach now, at Ocean’s Reach, and we are trying to figure out what is all over the beach. Is it Parchment works?