Shelling and searching for sand dollars over the winter is one of my favorite past times. As I’ve stated in a previous post about sand dollars, the winter brings changing currents thanks to quick-moving cold fronts and few people to comb the beach. This combination means rare shells are easier to find and more sand dollars are washed up on the beach than usual. They can be hard to find as their color often matches that of the sand nearly perfectly, with only their tell-tale holes giving them away. While a keen eye is certainly a plus, I find that learning to slow down some and having patience are just as key to finding sand dollars. This partial sand dollar was photographed at Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, FL, at the end of December a few years ago.
When it rains, it pours! Another of my photos, “Scallop Shells”, has been selected and featured online as a Photo of the Day by Light and Composition Magazine. This photo was previously featured on October 24, 2010 here in the PhotoBlog. “Scallop Shells” is also now entered as a contestant for Photo of the Month for December 2010. You can vote for it by visiting the link below and ‘liking’ through Facebook, ‘retweeting’ through Twitter, or by making a comment.
One of my photos has been featured online as a Photo of the Day by Light and Composition Magazine. Ironically, the photo entitled “Turret Shells” was just featured earlier this week here in the PhotoBlog! This photo is now entered as a contestant for Photo of the Month for December 2010. You can vote for it by visiting the link below and ‘liking’ through Facebook, ‘retweeting’ through Twitter, or by making a comment.
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Also known as Auger Shells, Turret Shells are elongated conical shells with tightly coiled turrets. Mainly living in tropical seas, these shells are part of the larger Turretella genus of sea snails that prefers living on muddy or sandy bottoms. Distant cousins of the smaller Common American Auger, these Turret Shells immediately caught my attention because of their size. After really looking at the shells, I found the fine detail of these shells along with the muted colors from one shell to the next intriguing.
This photo was featured on November 14, 2010, as the Photo of the Day by the online photography magazine, Light and Composition Magazine. See the photo and vote for it as a contestant for the Photo of the Month for December 2010.
Beachcombers have long sought out scallop shells as they can add such vivid color to a shell collection. Regarded for their beauty for thousands of years, the Roman goddess Venus (also known as the Greek goddess Aphrodite) was born from a scallop shell according to ancient mythology. The beautiful colors and symmetry of the shells has made them popular subjects for artists for centuries. Scallop designs are also found in architectural detail of buildings through out the world. As an avid collector of shells, the warm hues of this group of scallop shells caught my attention.
This photo was featured on November 21, 2010, as the Photo of the Day by the online photography magazine, Light and Composition Magazine. See the photo and vote for it as a contestant for the Photo of the Month for December 2010.
Growing up along the Atlantic where the surf is generally too rough for delicate sand dollars to make it on shore has given me a keen appreciation for finding one on the beach. The beaches along the Gulf coast of Florida offer unprecedented access to sand dollars, many shell-seeker’s ultimate desire. As a resident here for the last several years, I find that they tend to be easier to find in the winter and early spring months thanks to passing fronts that seem to bring them onshore. It probably doesn’t hurt that there are fewer beachcombers to take them during that time of the year, either. While many people look for the bright white sand dollars that have been bleached by the sun, I actually prefer the more natural looking sand dollars that range from deep purples and grays to browns. They seem to show more detail and have so much more character than their bleached counterparts. This photo is of a few sand dollars I collected from Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, FL in late spring a few years ago.