Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sanibel Saturday

The low last night was 45 and the high temperature today reached 65, but only for a short time. Early evening it was back in the 50's. The wind was out of the NW with gusts up to 19 mph.

This afternoon the sunshine made it seem comfortable to be outside, so we went to West Gulf Drive and resident access 5 again. I was curious to see if there were still a lot of shells there.

Walking across the beach, about half way to the water, I saw a whole pile of dead starfish lying in the sand.

There were no others anywhere around. One of those things that makes you go Hmmm. Had someone taken them and after finding out you are not allowed to take live starfish, brought them back, dumping them out to die? Very strange that many would be in one spot. Hmmm

The wind on the beach felt very cold and more like 20 mph sustained. There were still a lot of shells, but it seemed to me that the high tide had taken away many that were there yesterday.

Jelly fish #1

The wind was ruffling bird feathers again today.

Die hard sun worshipers in front of Mitchell's Sandcastles.

That's me in the Sanibel Stoop position.

When you get tired of that, you switch to this position. Especially when the wind is blowing in your face, making your eyes water so bad that you can't see very well. You just have to get closer to the shells to get a better look.

Jelly fish #2

Comparing the amount of shells I was picking up, to the misery I was suffering from the cold wind; it was time to leave. As soon as we got to the access path and stepped behind the wall of seagrapes, there was no wind. What a relief!

Here are the shells from today. That's right....only Junonia pieces. :(


Bett said...

You make my day when you let me go "cybershelling". Thank you, thank you.

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Thanks for all the cyber shelling. It's chilly and rainy here today so I can pretend its nice at the beach - even though you were so cold!! You did find some nice shells!

gainesville365 said...

Love the Sanibel Stoop!

I was reading this thinking how nice it would be just to stroll along the beach without thinking too much (I find myself fraught with overthinking the woods) when I saw the jellyfish. Now I've realized that I probably need to bone up on those invertebrates before venturing the sand.

Thanks for the beautiful pics!