Gheenoe 2 (Photo credit: jspeaks)
Sport fishing is a favorite pastime in Florida and the fish are plentiful. Fishing from shore is easy enough, but getting out on the water means spending money (lots of money) on a boat. Or does it?
When I was in Florida this past summer my son’s friend had come by to go fishing at our rental house on the ICW. He works at Boston Whaler in Edgewater, and the boys got to talking about boats. My son doesn’t have a bunch of money, but would love to have an affordable boat to get out to the little islands all up and down the coast and do some fishing. His friend mentioned a Gheenoe, saying it was a “glorified canoe”. It’s small and affordable with a motor and a good setup wouldn’t cost much more than $5,000 – with the motor and all. They are made right in Titusville, Florida.
It sounded perfect for what my son wanted to do. During the summer, my son looked into it more and visited a place in Maitland which sells the Gheenoe. He ended up with one and loves it. It’s like a canoe, but with a motor, and options to make additions, like comfy seats, lights, etc., and he says it handles big waves very well. He’s come across some fast moving yachts in areas of the ICW which have caused giant swells for him to navigate, and he’s done so without a problem. He even caught his first Redfish not too long ago.
Want to make a seashell collection of only pink shells? Then you must search the sand for some small shells like the Rose Petal Tellin. This one is a rosy pink both inside and out. It’s a bivalve and lives under the sand in the ocean, but the shells can be washed up on shore. Other tellin shells can have streaks of pink, but the Rose Petal (Tellin lineata) is the one that will be an all-over pink. In Florida the rose colored tellin can be found mainly on the southern beaches, but it is possible to find them farther north.
Certain scallop shells can be very pretty and you may find some that are pinkish. The Zigzag scallop (Euvola ziczac) has purplish zigzag lines over a variety of pink, purple, and peach background colors. The calico scallop is usually more of a purple, but the light red ones can pass as pink. Continue reading
Nautilus shell, mounted on chiselled silver base. Germany, 16th century. Now in the Applied Arts Collections Museum in the Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, january 6 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Imagine sitting down to eat with a huge nautilus shell to be used as your drinking cup! The nautilus shell has been used in such works of art for centuries. These artifacts, mainly in the form of table ware, are a unique part of art history which is preserved in museums and private collections now.
The marine shell’s large size and unique shape, with the curl extending to a large opening seemed perfect to use as a cup, or bowl to hold salt, spices or other items. Continue reading
Sea Turtle art by John Beasley (image used with permission)
Etsy is one of my favorite places to find unique and interesting artists. I’m always on the lookout for aquatic nature and recently I stumbled across a talented creator at Medicine Bluff Studio.
John Beasley is the artist who makes fabulous works of art using ceramic tiles. It does not all seem to be strictly Florida wildlife, but his baby sea turtle art is what I found first, pinned to a board at Pinterest. Following the link brought me to his Etsy store, where I discovered too many pieces that I love!
The baby sea turtles are featured in a number of wall art, like the one entitled “Leaving the Nest” which depicts Continue reading