We finally got around to cleaning (bleach bath~ hot soapy water) and sorting all of our shells from Sanibel Island.
Aren’t they amazing? It must seem a little OCD to have them all sorted like this but we have plans (art projects) for them and each one believe it or not needs a coating of Mineral Oil.
Starfish and Sand Dollars are not that easy to find whole so I cheated. I bought these before we left the island. The rest however we did collect ourselves.
Buttercups and Sailor’s Ears. The buttercups are snowy white and so delicate, you can see right through them.
Florida Cones and the more rare Alphabet cones.
Worm Shells, Jingles, Apple Murex, Lace Murex, Sharks Eyes and Jewell Boxes (or rock oysters).
Calico Scallops. The color on these shells is absolutely amazing and they are plentiful on the beach. I had to stop myself from picking them up after a while. I was afraid we would not be able to get all of these shells home!
Auger, Muddy Cerith, Fly-Specked Cerith, Cancellate Cantharus, Angulate Wentletrap….but my kids just call them Unicorn Shells. I like that better. The big shell on the top is a Lightening Whelk.
This photo shows the brilliant sunburst color and intricate design of the Calico Clam shells.
Banded Tulips. I think these are so beautiful!
One morning I walked the beach around 6:00 a.m. to catch the sunrise. For some reason on that morning these Fighting Conchs were absolutely everywhere. It was a good thing I thought to bring a bag on my walk!
Of a shell~
I know God and nature….
D Morgan 1990