This morning I had the urge to drive over to the beach. I live close enough now that I can do it, so I should! But the weather was cool and cloudy so I didn’t go for a walk, just got a few photos on my phone.
The parking lots, like this one, now charge people to park there! But, as a resident of Volusia County I can get a Free pass, which I plan to do soon. If the tide is high, I would prefer to park in a lot and not on the beach when I go for my morning walk.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am still getting settled in my new place, but soon I will be out on the beach and boat finding new things to share on my blog.
For now, enjoy these photos from the public domain. Find them all at the Pixabay site. Each one has a link to the photographer who shared them.
Learn about sea glass so you’ll know which colors are most rare and how some people sell it as real, but it’s been hand tumbled.
What kind of seashell is this next to the baby? My guess is a Queen Helmet (Cassis madagascariensis), as they can be as big as 12 inches.
Sea urchins are some of the coolest creatures living in the sea. They have long spikes that help them navigate under water, but we usually see them spike-less.
The Pixabay site has some new, awesome sea urchin photos which I will share here.
Remember that these are free images, which have been added to the public domain, and you can find more like them at Pixabay.com.
This pretty picture of a seashell with orange inside came from a contributor at the Pixabay site. I’ve noticed over the years that more and more wonderful seashell photography has been added to the free to use, public domain site.
I will be honest and say that I don’t know what this shell is. Users of Pixbay don’t usually list where the shell was found, and users live all over the world. The one who uploaded this shell picture is from the Czech Republic.
This shell is a gastropod with a short spire (top swirl). The only info I have are the tag words posted with the picture, which are “seashell”, “sea”, and “the clams”. A clam shell is a bi-valve – comes in two parts – so I would say this is not a clam. At least it’s not any kind of clam I have seen.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s a whelk or a conch, which does not really narrow it down much! It looks to me like the tail of the shell might be broken. See how the dark orange on the inner lip abruptly ends? If it once had a longer tail the shell would take on a different appearance. And how long was the tail? We can only guess.
We also don’t know the true size of this shell. It could be quite large, or the photo could be a macro image of a very tiny shell. If that is the case, it could be a Florida rock snail, which only grows to around 3 inches long. All this information is used to identify mollusks, and we don’t have access to it. I’m not even sure if the photo below (by the same user at Pixabay) is of this same shell, but I assume it is.
Do you have any guesses as to what type of shell it is? Maybe you know it’s name. If so, please share.
I’m writing this to try out the WordPress photo gallery feature so I thought I’d try to add some of my seashell photos and try it out.
I like this photo gallery and plan to use it more often. For now, I’ve added a few of my Florida seashell pictures. Can you name the shells?
Pen shells, Olive shells, King’s Crown – and again with the Lightning Whelk, Oysters, and one little shell I’m not sure of.