Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Green (Pea) With Junonia Envy

North Jetty Park in Nokomis,Florida or as the locals say "no shirt, no shoes, No komis" - hey it's a fishing village

Some things never change.  I have never been an early riser. I can do it but it is physically and mentally painful. I am definitely not a morning person. I'm not crabby just not really conscious.  I call it "climbing out of the cellar". As a kid my mom would have to drag me out of bed for school.  Now, if we were going somewhere good...... like Disney World.... I wouldn't even need an alarm clock. I'd be up, dressed, & sitting in the car ready to hit the road.

 My work schedule rotates my days off.  Every once in a while I have to work 9 days straight.  The good news is - you have the week end off! The bad news is - your schedules bump together and you won't have a day off for 9 days. So, as I left work last night at 10:30pm and squealed out of the parking lot, I had every intention of going home and getting some much needed rest. I can sleep in as late as I want tomorrow, Yay!

I tried. After staring at the ceiling for  an hour with sleep eluding me,  I reached over in the dark and grabbed my iPod touch. Laying in bed I checked my email- caught up on my favorite blogs - looked at Facebook - checked my tide chart app......whoa Nellie! hold on. Low tide @ 6am.  My favorite. The sun is not up yet so no one has really walked the beach and snagged all the goodies. 

 After seeing this green pea sheller on the i Love Shelling blog that found a Junonia at Blind Pass on Captiva, I was hankering for some shelling action.  We have a jetty in my neck of the woods similar to the jetty on Captiva except the North Jetty in Nokomis is a fishing jetty and much longer but it faces the same way. There is usually a big shell pile this time of the year at low tide. 

So I set my alarm for 6am. When it went off I jumped out of bed, got myself ready, and was out the door by 6:15am.  A large Dunkin Donuts Coffee and coffee cake muffin later I was at the jetty. 
Sunrise at the North Jetty in Nokomis, Florida

 I took a scouting walk first before I carried all my stuff out. I didn't want to load myself down like a pack mule if there was nothing going on.  As soon as I walked out and spotted that huge shell pile I turned on my heels and skedaddled back to my truck. I grabbed my big bucket, shell shovel, and my garden digging tool.
Big honkin shell pile

Another month and this pile will be loaded with goodies
The temperature was actually kind of cool on the beach. There were several  people fishing but the shell pile was all mine.  The combination of sunrise beauty, huge shell pile, sugar, & coffee actually had me quite euphoric. I was actually kind of dizzy as I starting digging through the pile. 

 No junonia for me today but in the light of the early morning sun I was actually sending Green Pea good thoughts and wishing him yet another great day of shelling on Sanibel.
The tide was rushing in quick about 9am
Going, going, almost gone till the next low tide
Nice orange scallops for GeeGee's crafts
Calico Clams were the shell du jour
The tulips are broken but a sign of what is yet to come in winter
Nice pieces of coral
Just need the perfect jar