Friday, August 27, 2010

Here Comes The Sun (for an hour at least)

I spent part of last Sunday on the beach and it was a great day. As the sun went down the raindrops started falling and didn't stop until today. One friend told me her rain gauge measured 10 inches for one day.

 Now we always need the rain. Florida is coming out of a long drought and our aquifer levels are still recovering but it's been raining for 4 days....come on. When I saw the  Sun peak out today around 10 am I grabbed my shell shovel and headed for the beach. It was a full moon last night and it was now low tide - grocery shopping would just have to wait.
The sun is trying to peak out

As I read all the beachy blogs out there most of the comments express the same they love to see all the pictures of the shells and the beaches but the longing of wanting to actually be there themselves. It stinks to have to wait for a once a year vacation to get to the beach.

  I feel so blissfully blessed to have this beautiful Gulf of Mexico 5 minutes from my home. I took this video today while I was standing in that pounding surf. I wanted to share the sound of the waves and hope that somehow you can feel a little of the sand between your toes and smell that salty air. 
 The rain and stormy water did the usual wearing down of the sand wall at Stump Pass. Not to worry because it always rebuilds itself sooner or later.I was in the water sifting with my shovel but the surf was just so rough I was getting beat up.  As I was taking a breather from the water I looked a little closer at the sand wall. I started seeing teeth everywhere.

 A blogger friend Pam from  i Love says you have to train your eyes to look for teeth and not shells. That's really true.
The sand wall - The waves washed about 2 feet of sand away

After a closer inspection I realized there were quite a few shark's teeth in the wash
Where the sand had eroded downward, all the teeth were sitting right on top of the drying sand...woo hoo!
Closer view - see it to the left
I only had an hour because I had to be at work by 3pm and still had to go grocery shopping.  
I walked the wall for an hour
As I skeedaddled off the beach to get my errands done before work I stopped to shower the sand off myself . What does that sign say?
The shower station on Stump Pass
Be Careful? Oh heck yeah! I guess the bees have had enough rain because they weren't at the shower.
Thanks for the warning!
See the hugh-mungo tooth I found. I also found a nice little tulip, a piece of a big tulip, and a jingle for Rhonda (aka Shellbelle)
Not bad for an hour
Not in the best shape but it's a big one
This big shark's tooth is not in the best shape but I'm not going to diss a big tooth like this. In the jar you go buddy.  So off to Sweetbay, then to McDonald's for 2 - $1.00 iced teas with 5 Splendas & a lemon. I fib &  tell my Mom it's sweet but I know she's on to me. Jump in the shower and off to work. Life is good.
Next to a smaller tooth
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  1. Cool that you go to Elin's yoga! I'll have to get back there...sometime in October...Wow, you're a busy one on the beach and you found a really big shark's tooth.
    Can't wait to get back!

  2. Yes, the sun is out for a little bit - we will see how long it lasts! Glad you found some sharks teeth....I can't wait to find me some too!

  3. That is a BIG shark's tooth to find on the shore! Thanks for the jingle, hope we find a few more when I'm there in November.

    I could just play that video over and over again!

    Love ya girl

  4. Coming by from Shellbelle's Tiki Hut...what a beautiful post she wrote about your friendship. Yes...we are very lucky to live on the pretty gulf coast...just a little spoiled!


  5. Hello,

    I came by way of Shellbelle's Tiki Hut after reading her wonderful post about your friendship. I too feel blessed to live on the Gulf Coast. You found some great shark's teeth! I am your newest follower.

    ~ Tracy

  6. We've got friends that are coming your way tomorrow from Fort Myers to check out Blind Pass for shark's teeth. Thanks for spreading the word!

  7. Came over to your blog from Rhonda's! She has become a good "blogger" friend the last few weeks. She wrote the nicest post about you...sounds like you are true-blue friends forever. You are both blessed! I too love shells but not fortunate enough to live near the beach. I have tons of shells that my mother-in-law collected. Don't know what I'm going to do with them but just couldn't let them go when she no longer had room for them. By the way, what's a "jingle"? Love the sharks' grandson would love to find those!!! Glad you are sharing through blogging. Come visit mine sometimes...but it's not about shelling!

  8. Just popped over from Rhonda's...
    Love that first photo.. beautiful clouds... I understand the need to be near the sea... lamenting that I can't see it now!!! Have a lovely weekend.. paddling in the ocean.. .. Julie

  9. You are so lucky to live by the ocean! I don't think I would get much done if I lived so close to the beach! I would want to be shelling all of the time! Thanks so much for visiting, have a great day :)

  10. Another Shellebelle, how sweet! I bet you're at the ocean as I'm typing this. The little sign about the bees made me smile. The smallest among us are often the most important; it's only fair to give them the right of way.

  11. I need to make a soundtrack of this to put by my bed at night. It's the perfect lullaby!

    You must have to force yourself to leave the beach for grocery shopping and work!



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