Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shell Seekers…

Jeff and I woke early to catch the sunrise and low tide to do some shelling.

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The birds were already at the wrack line looking for goodies…

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We walked west from the lighthouse…

Checking out the wrack line for shells.

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Every now and then we looked east to watch the sunrise.

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A willet with a shell creature for its breakfast.

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Pink sunrise

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We continue west to search the wrack line…

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I love looking at everything the tide brings in..

Whelk egg casing…

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Not sure what this is..

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I start collecting treasures

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It’s a busy morning on the beach..

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Willet..

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assorted shells…

this one is colorful with the morning sun lighting it up..

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Sea Pork..

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As we walk ..

the things and critters in the wrack line changes..

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Another odd looking Sea Pork.

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A dead bird…. and sea weed still life…

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I already have a nice collection of small shells….I wont show them until later..

Stay tuned!

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I liked the way the light was shining on these two shells..

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I am obsessed with taking photos of the Whelk egg casings..

I think these are Lightning whelks..

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We came upon several areas like this..

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Full of Conch shells…

These were all live so we left them or threw them back into the water.

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Still life …yeah…more whelk casings..

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Black-bellied Plover

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Sea pork
Is it a plant? An animal? A fungus? This mysterious blob is actually a colony of animals called tunicates. These teeny-tiny animals protect themselves with a sac made of cellulose and spend their days filter-feeding. Sea pork can be found in various colony sizes and be colored pink, purple, black, and even orange.

 

 

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More live shells…

Hundreds of them.

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Jeff checks to see if there is a living creature inside..

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Snowy Plover

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A Myriad of designs left by the tide and Whelk egg casings..

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That’s all folks..

I leave you with this lovely

Sea Pork

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Stay tuned for my final collections and more beach walking..

6 comments:

Susan Jones said...

Where is this amazing beach? I'd love to do just as you.. No great life partner to share the ride with, but I'm an adventurous soul.. Someday.. Thank you for sharing!!

The Furry Gnome said...

Absolutely amazing stuff!

Julie Zickefoose said...

What a gorgeous post. Nothing takes me there like your low point of view photos. Sea Pork's eye view. If they had eyes. Your dead bird is a yearling northern gannet. There are so many just offshore, arrowing into the waves. Poor thing. Some were born to die, I guess. Thanks for another ravishing post. We're looking at solid white here in Ohio. It's nice to see a pink sunrise over the sea, and people in shorts at dawn, Dawn. :)

Julie G. said...

This post makes me long for sunny Florida. Thanks for taking us on your lovely beach walk, Dawn. I have never seen so many Whelk egg casings before. Cool! I appreciate the Sea Pork description as I have seen many of these strange blobs on my beach walks, but was not sure what they were. Hope you are having a wonderful time in the Sunshine State!

Kerri Farley said...

AWESOME!!!

Dawn Fine said...

Thanks for everyone for you wonderful comments. I forgot that I had comment moderation on and wasn't getting any notifications of comments...so..I changed my settings back to not using comment moderation as of today so that I will be notified.
I just thought I wasn't getting any comments for a long while.

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