On my recent Florida vacation I spent as much time as possible at the beach. And I always kept my eyes open for seashells. The area of Florida where I visited is not known for it’s shelling, but I did find a few to bring back home.
We stayed at a house on the ICW (intracoastal waterway) – and that’s another story, but the beach was close by. My grown son and his friend accompanied me and my younger son to New Smyrna Beach at Flagler Ave. one of my last days there. We drove onto the beach and headed north for a while until we found a relatively vacant spot. We did a little boogie-boarding and my son’s friend set up his fishing poles (he caught nothing).
After I swam for a while, I decided to search for seashells. The tide was low, so I walked up and down the surf line and found a couple of small ones, then I headed up to the dunes to search among the stuff that washes up at high tide. That is where I found the most. Nothing spectacular, but enough shells to fill a bowl, if decorating is what you’re after. See my collection in the picture here. Included are two jingle shells – white and black (at the bottom in the photo), a couple of oysters, part of a sand dollar, one calico scallop (near center) but mostly arks.