Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sanibel~Always something new~

Howdee all,

A few days ago Jeff and I woke up bright and early and headed for the beach.

We again, went to the beach near the lighthouse, a favorite shelling spot of ours.

 

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The sun was just starting to show itself.

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Willets were already prancing around at the waters edge.

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I was here to collect shells…

But, I found myself fascinated by the beach scenes…and all the amazing things on the sand..

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It was a delightful morning.

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Shell seekers out in the low tide..

Birds fly over head.

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Sanderlings feed near the waters edge..

I notice the Pen shell being lit up by the rising sun.

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So I go crazy taking photos of them..

Hope you like Pen shells :)

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A Sea anemone..glowing in the morning light.

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It closes…

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More …lighted Pen shells

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They all catch the sun a bit differently

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This mini light show went on a bit longer until the sun was higher in the sky.

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There were areas with many of these white shells.

I haven't been able to ID these yet.

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I came across this crab claw.

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The colors were stunning!

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Starfish

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Anyone want to ID this feather?

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Ripples in sand

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I love seeing the beach like this..

I know some prefer pure white sand without all this stuff…

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I heart natural beach debris…

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And things like this..

Does anyone know what critter made this?

morning sanibel_097Oh look..I found some birds..

morning sanibel_102Black Skimmers, Royal, Forster’s and Sandwich Tern

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Peeps~We saw Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, Sanderling, two Red knot. Black bellied Plover and Rudy turnstone

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I love seeing all these peeps

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Its also nice to see people walking around the birds rather than straight thru them like many beach walkers do.

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Another Fine morning in Sanibel

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10 comments:

Nature Framingham said...

Dawn, what amazingly beautiful photos. I had no idea that sea anemones (or shells, actually) could be so gorgeous. I've got to become more observant, because I'm obviously missing a lot!

beachgrl said...

Those mounds are probably from some type of sea worm like in this video............
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBBktwAI_kA

beachgrl said...

They are called worm casts and probably from a lugworm.ssighdr nankin

Gaelyn said...

What a glorious beach walk. Feel like I was there. So many shells and "peeps" but not really too many people. That's the way I'd like it.

squawmama said...

Beautiful beach photos Dawn!!!
LOVED them!!!
Have fun & Travel safe
Donna

Cindy said...

Ah, thanks for the morning at the beach..Love the white (clam?) shells all opened & the last shot too..Sweet!

Dan Huber said...

Lovely photos Dawn, looks like a truly gorgeous spot.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collection of photos. The beach and the sunrise look beautiful. I love all the birdies too. A wonderful spot to collect shells. Great post, Dawn!

Robbie said...

O how I would love to be there!!

dAwN said...

Thanks everyone for your comments..Wish you could all be here!
Put it on your list of places to visit.
When you do make sure you stay on the island and splurge~get a room on the beach!

Special thanks to Sicksta Lori for the ID of the worm mound..I never did see a worm but saw lots of casings from them.

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