Saturday, May 02, 2009

Go To Shell

Every once and a while, it is good to be reminded that beautiful nature is also why we do this work. Our thanks to a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous for these lovely photos and captions.

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy, 1962 America's Cup Speech

Great Egret and seagulls, Captiva Island, Florida.

How many times in your life do you find a sea shell with something inside? On Sanibel Island it happens often enough to warrant a prohibition against live shelling.

Hard core shellers at sunrise. Fort Myers, Florida is in the background.

Giant Heart Cockle. Yes, there is something alive in there.

Banded tulip. Yep, live shell. Sigh. Have to put it back.

Calico crab. Extremely rare find. Thank you, Sea Gods.

Osprey with fish.

Low tide at dusk. Get in that tidepool and shell like mad!

Heart cockle extends its "foot" to push itself back in the tidepool.

Close up, Heart Cockle's retracted foot is visible.

Florida Fighting Conch. Two eyes are visible at the end of the dark tubes as the conch fights to roll itself over and burrow in the sand.

Boy, Girl, Pelican. Is there anything else?


Blogger Astrophel said...

Gorgeous photos! What patience and a keen eye to find them. Thank you for sharing such a special treat!

6/06/2009 6:20 PM  

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