painted buntings eating millet from a cage feeder

Painted Buntings, Florida Nature To Get Excited About

I’m getting a bit off topic today to talk about some Florida birds. After living in Florida (off and on) since 1979, I am only just discovering that the beautiful Painted Bunting migrates and breeds here in Florida. They are stunning birds, and accidentally, I found them in my own backyard. Here is my story […]

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channeled whelk maybe

A Little Spiral Whelk Shell I Can’t Identify

I came across this little shell a few years ago while walking the flats at low tide on the Indian River. A hermit crab was inside, which is the norm for this area, so I took a few quick (and not very good) photos and moved on. But it did not match the usual selection […]

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ark shell

Pictures of Seashells on Beaches

Why is it that we enjoy seeing pictures of seashells on beaches? One guess would be that we dream of walking along a deserted beach, either all alone or with a special love, and come across a fabulous shell. It makes the walk all that much better, right? The beaches I walk are mostly deserted, […]

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Behind a small island in Mosquito Lagoon

Wild Hermit Crabs You May See in Florida

If you have read this blog at all, chances are you’ve heard me “complain” about all the hermit crabs I find that have taken up residency inside empty seashells I would love to collect. Well, I do understand that the shells are needed for these creatures to survive, and I take photos rather than collect. […]

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channeled whelk

Amazingly Detailed Spire of the Channeled Whelk

Some days spent out on the water can be so worth it. When I found this little channeled whelk on an island beach, it made my day….! I took loads of photos to capture the memory, and decided to share some of them here. This is not a shell I see regularly in my area, […]

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