Unfortunately, no Thunder last night, as the rains poured and washed away our evening. 😦 Oh well. I’ll just have to give you a look at how many of our Thursday Thunders go! So, take a virtual walk along the shore line with us….
Normally when we hit the beach, we immediately see a lot of this scene with your standard shells littering the shore – Kitten’s Paws, Scallops, Venus Clams, Cockles…you know, the standards. When we first moved here, it looked like a gold mine of shells – and it really is if you love shells. Once you get a taste of the rarer ones, these are often walked right over.
More times than not, those above are the type of shells you’ll find on the shore. The Queen keeps her eyes peeled on minis while she digs and digs. I normally hit the water immediately while the Queen finds the closest shell pile. She has a bucket and plastic scoop that she brings along. She also has a little foam pad that she sits on while shelling. Hours of sitting while shells are poking into your tooshie certainly takes its toll. It’s always good to have something to sit on.
We always keep our eyes on the sand as we’re walking. You never know what kind of cool things you’ll find just laying there.
It’s always good to keep an eye on the horizon. Or else you might miss shots like this:
Sometimes, we find little guys like these hanging around in the rake. They are often joined by their cousin, the Sand Flea.
This usually goes on for hours, raking and digging….But the real fun happens when you pull the rake out of the water, walk to the shore and dump it and suddenly something colorful catches your eye…
A Chestnut Turban or a nice Apple Murex…or maybe a…
Flat/Zig Zag Scallop (which always makes the Queen squeal). The fun really starts when from deep within the pile you see….
And occasionally you’ll get really lucky and either rake or dig up one or more of these:
Make no mistake – a couple of the ones in the above picture are not super easy to find – namely the larger Alphabet Cone and the highly coveted Junonia. Sure, Cone Shells are common to this area, but if you find a big Alphabet Cone or a Junonia, THAT is a good shelling day. If we are lucky enough to find any of these shells, anything we find after that is gravy, baby. Sometimes, we even stop off and grab a lottery ticket. 😉
Can you tell we love to shell?
And most nights usually end like this – the two of us, both smiling.
So next time you see us, come say hello and introduce yourself. Heck, maybe we can shell together?