Good Morning from calm and beautiful Honeymoon Island. When I arrived at the North Parking lot the wind was barely blowing which seems to be a rarity on the island. The waves were not so fierce today. The Seagulls were chilling out and the seashells were rolling in.
Lots of Fighting Conchs, Olives and Lighting Whelks. I even found a Banded Tulip, from this angle it looks perfect & pink but unfortunately it was destroyed on the other side. If you can see that little orange blob, it is an orange Jingle. First one! As soon as I took this picture the wind started up again and things got a little smelly by the beach. Decaying beach matter, oh and that GIGANTIC decapitated fish head that scared the be-jesus out of me,
can be pretty stinky.
We were in West Palm Beach for the weekend and decided to stop at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. The beach is quite a hike (or a short trolley ride) from the parking lot but what a view.
The waves were kicking and the water was pure turquoise.
I found a few happy little shells with much thicker shells than on our side. The sand is so beautiful and multi-colored. I could have sunk my feet into all day, but back to the Gulf side we go!
Today we went out to the North Oasis beach at Honeymoon Island, we were about an hour and a half until low tide. I found great things washed up around the trees, so I climbed in. I shell pile is so deep that I found a lot of shells buried under rocks and in between the roots. A tree line so close to the water is a great place to look.
I found some great stuff and displayed it on a “concrete” rock. All colors of Olives, Augers and Juvenile Fighting Conchs, a Leopard Crab shell and Lightning Whelks. I even found a fossilized shell, it looks like a very, very old Florida cone. There were plenty on Fighting Conch shells, but most of them had tenants so I put them back out. All in all is was a great day rummaging amongst the waves.
I decided to take a trip to the Container Store to find a new way to display my shells. Since I am a shell snob now, only the best make it in here. 🙂 It is high up on a shelf, away from little hands. I used a Bigso Stockholm Document Box in Turquoise, clear rectangular boxes with lids and some felt. I am sure I will outgrow this at some point, but for now I am in love!
I used to walk down the beach, looking up,
watching the sunset and the birds.
Watching the surf and my family play.
But now I miss all that looking for shells…
I am an addict,
I just never know what will wash up.