We have seashells...lots and lots of seashells. Many vintage shells as well as many purchased; but there really is something special about discovering seashells yourself. We headed to the beach a few days ago and it was one of those winter days that you could classify as near-perfect. No wind, bright sunshine and no visitors around...just the family enjoying the sand and sea.
We timed our visit perfectly as the high tide was just starting to go back out so there were many little treasures waiting for us along the shoreline. Large clam shells which we use to make outdoor patio candles with and lots of little cockle shells. We found these two gorgeous white shells and were very happy. You have to realize that this isn't Sanibel Island; where the beaches are covered with seashells; nope, not like that at our beach at all. Aren't they beautiful? They are called Wrinkled Dogwinkles.
Just when our excitement had waned, something large caught our eye. We were driving the Jeep at the time and we quickly stopped; but as we turned around the waves came in and totally covered the object. Luckily, Liz's young eyes found it again as she hopped out and grabbed what we thought was a rock, until she picked it up and discovered it was a large Moon Snail.
Excited doesn't even cover how giddy we were; literally screaming like teenage girls! We rinsed it off with some water when we got home and haven't even attempted to clean it yet. What you can't tell is how large it is, here are some photos next to the first two shells. It is large enough to cup over my ear so I can hear the surf!!
After beach combing, we went for a little hike in the dunes. We'll be sharing that with you in a few days...you won't want to miss it if you love lighthouses, the beach and dune grass.
Do you have a special place in your heart for seashells which you've actually found yourself or do they all bring you joy?
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