Today Sarah and I were on our way back home (from town) and stopped on the causeway for a while to watch the kite boarders. As the wind picked up, more and more kite boarders showed up. Eventually, the wind was a sustained 20 mph (giver or take), and we were truly amazed at […]
This morning, Sarah and I walked from (Sanibel) Beach Access 7, to Bowman’s Beach. As stated in previous posts, this walk is one of our favorites, and today’s was the nicest YET. The temperature and breeze were a perfect compliment to the clarity and color of the water. The shell piles were plentiful […]
Looking a little mean out there this evening!
I was working on a writing project (on the back screened-in porch) when I had to stop and admire this gecko for a while. When I shot this video, he had eaten 5 moths, and at least 3-4 flying ants. I was amazed at how much this critter could eat!
Earlier today we had a surprisingly strong storm with tropical storm winds. I was outside at the time and caught a video.
The beach above is between access 7 and Bowman’s beach. Sarah and I have walked to Bowman’s a few times, and every time, we find excellent shells and enjoy a special (and somewhat rare) feeling of isolation. We call this area “lost beach”.
This photo was taken on September 1, 2013. To the Islanders, September means quiet. Even on this Labor Day weekend, as you can see in this picture, you won’t find many people on the West Gulf beaches.
Behind the house there is an area that is very low, and contains tidal water movement from Pine Island Sound. At the edge of this area (nearest my home) live the fiddler crabs seen in the video below. Now . . . quite often, I travel “out back” and even when I really sneak . […]
Kim, we still can’t thank you enough!!! The following interview was written by Kim Groll Scornavacco . . . a Sanibel/Captiva visitor, (very) talented writer, and SANCAPSTAR! Please click the link below to view her blog about our story in this world! http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com/2013/08/sanibel-captiva-handbook-author-jb.html Thank you so much for viewing!!! The Reynolds
Thank you to Kim Groll Scornavacco, who wrote such a flattering review on our book, The Sanibel Captiva Handbook. Please visit her blog http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com! Kim is a fantastic writer, and her blog is top notch! Getting off the beaten path for a while is soothing to the soul – we love those who live and […]
I have strange luck when it comes to spiders. I seem to walk through their work a little too often for my taste. Recently, Sarah and I were walking through the neighborhood late at night. We usually don’t bring a flashlight, so we tend to walk in the middle of the street – of course […]
Anybody who frequents our beaches has seen shell displays on, or near the beaches without an owner . . . no guardian, gatherer, or arranger (artist). Artist and audience separated . . . forever. We have a name for the arrangements “left behind” – “PSD(s)” (public shell display(s)). PSDs are awesome! A […]
I have been trying to photograph the moon for a week now, and every time I am able to do so, it descends behind the trees of or neighborhood. So, last night I finally got a clear shot at it! I remember living “in the city” and missing the moon. The skies were too […]
Sarah works at a popular retail store out here (on Sanibel) and hears the complaint “they’re aren’t any shells out there” . . . often. Or, the comment “every year there are less and less shells”. Nonsense! I took this picture just yesterday. PILES of shells – literally! The fact is, you never really […]
Still looking like the Dunube river near the lighthouse. Head west for saltwater, east for river water.
We don’t have many plants in our yard, other than “native” plants (seagrape, palms, etc..) but one thing we have found that grows EXTREMELY well here is a pineapple. Yup…a pineapple! I swear it’s the most low maintenance plant I have ever had! If you have never grown one before, you should really give it […]
Last night I visited with my mother, and we went over very old photographs that were needed for a special project which I hope all of you see in the near future. I was looking specifically for a photo of my parents together – you know, in the frame . . . together. Easy right? […]
The Gulf is so peaceful most of the time that I forget the few days in a year year when it is quite ANGRY. This post is dedicated to those “angry” moments. JB
We took a walk on the beach around access #2 during a super low tide. I was walking along the shore, right up where the surf comes in, just looking around at the sand…you know…shelling…when I suddenly saw a flurry of movement in the sand. It took my brain a second to register what I […]
Ok, I made another video of the flying object. I have watched it many, many times. I have included my best guess in this blog post. If anybody has a better guess, let’s hear it! JB
I was reviewing some footage for a blog post and I saw something that caught my eye in this short video. I decided to make a little contest out of it. I had the luxury of viewing this footage using very good editing software, so I eventually figured out what I had seen in this […]
Later on today, we will be putting up a “real” post on our blog..something fun and entertaining about our day. For now, however, we are just pretty excited! Big news on the homefront of SanCap Star! Lately we have been on a huge mission to get more fans, more people who are interested in what […]
Pictures from beach access #7 JB
While the sancapstar.com shell guide is being processed and correctly inserted into our webpage, I have posted it into the blog so it may be used in the meantime. The following shells are represented as seen in the 2013 edition of the Sanibel Captiva Handbook. This is a work in progress- Thank you, JB
Lately, there have been reported incidences of large saw fish being caught off Sanibel beaches. While I have never heard of this before, I do know several people who have caught saw fish . . . but always in the Caloosahatchee River – which if you travel it far enough east, you will wind up […]
I was at Lowes the other day and could not help filing through this display. Do you see the spiny jewel box? In all honesty, there is a shell identification guide for sale on the Islands that lists this shell as a “good find” indicating that it is of medium difficulty to find. JB […]
Yesterday, Sarah and I came upon a herd of fighting conchs who were “adjusting” to a super-low tide. I was able to get this video with my phone. These guys travel together, are herbivores, have a trunk like a elephant and eyes – COOL! They are called fighting conchs due to the fact that if […]
If you happen to be in the mood for a nice walk (nothing crazy) try out Pond Apple Trail. As seen in our video, the entrance is at the far corner of the parking lot for the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is located at the second driveway on the right when you reach the […]
Sandwich Terns at the lighthouse. JB
Folks, tonight I visited my engineer. During our meeting, our focus side-tracked to shelling (they are REAL ISLANDERS too) and I wound up with two two new beauties. One is a Coffee Bean Trivia, the other ????? Nice finds today! JB
Just sharing my favorite photograph from beach access six today.
It’s amazing what you can find when you slow down for a second and pay attention. JB wanted to spend some more time outdoors today..so he went for a walk in the woods. Thank goodness he takes his camera everywhere 🙂 Along the way, he began to notice all the shells on the ground where […]
We worked all day on our 1st commercial, and while I wish we had completed it in a few hours . . . well, that’s just wishful thinking. Post production takes (what seems like) forever . . . so . . . until the ad is completed, Sarah and I thought these outtakes were […]
It’s Sunday and Sarah and I woke up early and hit beach access one in hopes of finding millions of loggerhead turtle babies running for the surf. We understand that this was VERY wishful thinking, but we were ready (just in case). While no turtles were seen, we able to get in an hour of […]
We love going to the beach…obviously a fantastic perk of living here! The water, the sand, the shells, the fresh air! What’s not to love? However..when approaching the beach by using one of the public beach access trails…keep your eyes open, you never know what you’ll see! We have found beautiful shells on these trails, […]
I went on a mission this afternoon to find and digitally record myself finding a wentletrap. I knew how . . . there is a method. My wife and I had huge success our first day after learning “the secret”. Since then, productivity had nearly halted. Okay . . . halted. Until today!