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 […]
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!
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”.
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 . […]
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 […]
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.
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
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 […]
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 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 […]
Today I revisited “Punky” (the fearless lizard from yesterday’s post). She arrived at the same tree, around the same time, and watched me – watch her. I attempted to feed her a mosquito I caught (have video of that for another post), which she denied. Ok, maybe she wasn’t hungry . . . I tried. […]
I took my camera into the backyard this afternoon in the hopes of filming the fiddler crabs “waving” routine (my home boarders federal refuge land). While setting up my shot, I became sidetracked by a female brown anole (a common lizard) who was just hilarious. This led me to the discovery of two land snails […]