Recently I decided to clean up my seashells. Honestly, I’ve never made a big production out of cleaning my seashells – just rinsed them well in fresh water and let them dry. I have collected a few good ones while out on the Gheenoe and the few times I’ve been over to the beach.
Finally I got my Florida driver’s license… which was a bigger ordeal than it needed to be, but it means I can buy a beach pass and get a fishing license. Hallelujah! It’s a little thing, but it means I can go to the beach whenever I want as a resident and pay one low fee for the rest of the year.
Okay, back to the shells. After soaking my seashells in a bleach and water solution – I didn’t measure it, but just added a little bleach to a pail full of water – over night, they are looking clean. They also look a bit duller. The next time I get to Lowe’s I will get some mineral oil which is supposed to make them brighter again.
I have two pretty crown conchs, which are hard to find without a hermit crab living inside, and one had a tiny shell wedged in the opening. I was trying to figure out what type of shell the tiny one was, when I decided to take it out for a better look.
My best guess is that it’s a broken horse conch. The Florida horse conch has a long spire like this little guy, but the tiny shell is missing the bottom half. In fact I have a large horse conch shell which I found out on the Indian River which I am in the process of cleaning. I don’t know if I will ever get all the black stuff off it, but I’m trying.
When Zazzle began offering puzzles and I saw that the base price for selling was $14.95, I made a few to add to my seashell store, but really wondered if anyone would pay that for a puzzle.
After all, you can pick puzzles up for a quarter at yard sales and even find them for free in the local swap shop. I hadn’t bought a “new” puzzle in many years.
I really doubted that they would sell. And the larger size is even costlier. However, I have been proven wrong.
I suppose that the yard sale and other cheap (and used) puzzles may be missing pieces. And my seashell photography is unique to my stores, so these puzzle pictures can’t be found anywhere else. Everyone likes a tropical scene, and creating one yourself is fun.
Coastal cottages and beach rentals usually have books and puzzles for their guests. Everyone needs a way to relax after spending a day in the sun. We even worked on a puzzle recently when we stayed at an Inn in New Hampshire. It was set up in the lobby for guests to enjoy.
Puzzles are a calm way to spend time with the family – especially on a rainy day. Shut off the TV and work together to make a little masterpiece.
If you are staying at a beach in a very hot location, the middle of the day is a good time to take a break from the sun. Have a drink and work on a pretty, seashell puzzle.
Not too long ago I was going through my seashell collection and came across this little shell again. The one pictured on the right in this picture to the left.
I never knew what it was and then suddenly it hit me – a juvenile lightning whelk! I knew because I finally looked long enough to realize that the opening is on the left side – it’s a sinistral shell! Then I looked at the lines and little bumps forming at the top and when compared to a more mature lightning whelk it’s easy to see that this one is just a baby. So I have a mom and baby – but I highly doubt they are really related!! It’s just kinda cute.
Photo below shows the two together. Sorry but I have to add my blog name because some unscrupulous people like to help themselves to my photos. So all my pictures are uploaded at a very low resolution and they are only good to use like this – for a blog. Please do not use photos that do not belong to you! Add Zemanta to your blog – it’s a great photo archive.
I still don’t know what the other shell is in the photo above. Anyone?
Sanibel Island is located on the west coast, the Gulf coast of Florida.
It is well known as an excellent location for collecting seashells. On the shores of Sanibel Island and neighboring Captiva, a wide variety of sea life and various types of shells wash up on shore. I visited and stayed there twice in the 25 years I lived in central Florida, but it would have been nice to go without kids so I could have strolled the beach leisurely…but I have NEVER been without kids…so I enjoyed the area from a kids view, which meant standing close by as they swam.
The gulf area is perfect for young children because the water is generally calmer than the Atlantic water and therefore not much of an undertow. It’s perfect for anyone because it’s just so beautiful. We watched gorgeous sunsets through the palm trees and were up early every morning to scour the beach for good shells.
We’d see Stingrays gliding along just off shore. Beach shoes of some kind were necessary because the beach is made up of shells which are crushed and whole. We were afflicted with the “Sanibel Stoop” just like everyone else vacationing there! It happens when there is so much to view close up on the beach that you are in a constant stooping position.
I have large jar of shells that mostly came from the beaches there (in 1990 or 91) and I have recently been trying to identify them. I’ve also been working on isolating my images to use in my seashell shop Seashells by Millhill.