August 19, 2018

The Four S's

Finally, after three weeks I made it to the beach Wed., for some sand, sea, sun, and shells . . .
Same time as usual (arrived 20 min. before sunrise) . . .


A couple small lettered olives in the same spot . . .


A lightning venus (top) and an Atlantic rangia . . .


A very pretty, very unusually colored blood ark . . .


An understated sunrise . . .



More olives . . .




A southern surfclam . . .


False angelwing (there are four species of angelwings here in FL) . . .


A calico scallop . . .


View of Matanzas Inlet . . . this is a "vein" of the Matanzas River, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.


Another lightning venus . . . two in the same visit is quite rare!


Hard to ID this ark, does not look like any of the 10 species we have in FL . . . most close is the Incongruous ark but they're pretty common at this beach and do not typically look quite like this (shape).


A very pretty shark eye moonsnail, thanks to discoloration that is caused by a shell being buried in sediment for awhile (due to a lack of oxygen).


I passed this great blue heron on my way back north, and it started to follow me! I'm guessing it thought I might be dropping bait fish like an off-coast fisherman, but I was only dropping discarded shells.


A jingle (oyster half) on L, crossed barred venus below.


A cream-colored scallop . . .


A more typical calico scallop . . .


Shore birds . . . there were royal terns, sandwich terns, laughing gulls . . . but what caught my attention was a small flock of very small, very dark terns! They were very skittish; all but one flew off when I took this photo (they circled back). The third, small bird from the left is what I believe is a black tern! No other bird matches the description; note the very short legs.


Bad photo . . . there were several of the darker birds, very pretty in person, which turn out to be juvenile laughing gulls. The top left bird is an adult gull. The five white birds are royal terns.

July 21, 2018

Speckles in the Sand

Another two weeks passed between beach visits . . . this past Wed. I expected it to be slim pickings again like my previous visit, as beach-combing in the summer months tends to be like that. So, it was a nice surprise to find some interesting treasures . . . quality, not quantity!


As always, the sunrise was different than the previously observed one . . .


I found an unusually large calico scallop . . .


And two very small, baby sand dollars . . . one did not survive the ride home intact . . .



It had been awhile since I'd last seen a royal sea star ~ this one was curled up on the beach when I found it, but it uncurled right away when I picked it up. I walked out in the waves and put it down on the sand . . .


A ball of seaweed?! Now that was unexpected! There is a green algae called Cladophora hair algae that is found in cottony balls . . . but I saw this in strands also and think it's sea lettuce.


A nearly whole sand dollar . . . due to the crack and chip in it, I decided to leave it be.


This adorable little speckled crab was alive, just chilling in a tiny puddle . . . maybe waiting for the tide, which was starting to come in . . .


The beach flowers are in bloom . . . including the two morning-glories . . . Beach morning-glory is white, railroad vine is pink . . .


Indian Blanket Flower is blooming up and down the coast, always a pretty sight!

June 30, 2018

Forgotten February

The plan was, to get to my beach Fri. morning. But when I re-checked the weather forecast, there was a 65-75% chance of rain so I reluctantly decided to cancel my plans. Hopefully I'll get to the beach in a few days . . . In the meantime, going back to my catch-up posts, I think the last month I never shared was February. I don't have very many photos so this will be short . . .


Sunrise . . .



I did find this very unusually colored ark (L) that I thought was really pretty . . . and nearby a small auger.



A piece of barely "turned" sea glass, a green bottle neck . . .



A pretty lettered olive . . . I usually find at least one.



Found all in the same spot ~ (Top) an aged/worn lettered olive and (Btm) two shark eyes. It was a chilly morning but I still managed to enjoy finding some goodies.

June 23, 2018

Sunrise & Slim Pickin's

Tuesday I made it to the beach well before low tide. Enjoyed a nice sunrise, but the treasure hunt wasn't very fruitful . . .





I did find one nice piece of aqua (Coke bottle) sea glass . . .




And a very pretty, dark lettered olive . . .



There were a few "minis" like this shark eye . . .



And even a rare find, a Florida spiny jewelbox. These are fairly common on the Gulf side, and they start out white with a pretty pink interior. In top cond., they do have spines coming out of them. This one is orange due to being buried in sediment awhile.



Another nice olive . . .

June 16, 2018

June Beach Therapy

After a month away from Florida, I'm back and made it to "my" beach for some much needed beach therapy, yesterday morning . . . First off, a post storm sunrise with a shrimp boat included...



Very unusual find, ocean side . . . the king's crown is fairly abundant on the Intracoastal Waterway, but this is only about the 3rd one I've ever seen make it to the Atlantic side from the Matanzas Inlet...eventually I'll post before and after shots once I've cleaned it up.


Dark green sea glass, no doubt a wine bottle...always a thrill to find sea glass since it's kind of rare at this beach.


The only lettered olive (R) I found Fri., and a cream scallop (L) . . .


A pretty piece of a shark eye . . .


A more "classic" calico scallop shell . . .


A golden shark eye piece . . .


Both sides of a nice rock snail . . .



A prickly cockle (L) and another scallop (R) . . . both have discoloration due to spending some time buried in sediment. Orange on the cockle, gray on the scallop.


This is a piece of a true tulip (gastropod) shell . . banded tulips are more common; both are very rare finds at "my" beach. I do have one large true tulip that still needs more cleaning.


On my way back up the beach, I found another dark green piece of sea glass . . .


One more cream-toned scallop . . .


While in Calif., I had a discussion with my brother about the types of crabs found in Florida...including the blue crab. I thought they were smaller; this arm/claw alone is about 5".