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By the Sea....


Over the years we've lived on the Gulf Coast, I've collected shells and sea beans [drift seeds]. While I was home-bound recouping from what ailed me this last week, I took it upon myself to clean a very large apothecary, crystal, jar that holds my collection...




The smaller images above...I know some of their identifications:


1 - sea heart bean (this one, I polished)
     ( World's largest legume - monkey's ladder )
2 - broken sand dollar piece
3 - brain pod ( there is a seed inside! )
4 - angel wing
5 - sea purse
6 and 7 - blister pod (?)
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9 - whelk
10 - conch
11 - sun dial
12 -  hamburger bean
13 - Mary's bean ( legend states it reduces labor pain )
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34 comments :

  1. Wow, Anni, these are simply incredible. What a fun collection. I never heard of most of them, so you are continuing to educate me. :-)

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  2. That is a superb collection. Top row, far right is one we called an olive. I had a very similar and large collection. Identified each, put in little individual zip bags and donated entire collection to an elementary teacher.

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    1. How kind...much appreciated, too, I'm sure

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  3. I'm pretty sure the last one is a Scotch Bonnet and I think I see a moonsnail shell. Please check this link. http://www.okeefes.org/Sunset_Beach_Shells/Gastropods_I/index.htm

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    1. I'll check it later today...thanks.

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  4. What beautiful creatures we have been given. Lovely collection with the usual great photos.

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  5. Hello Anni, you have a beautiful collection of sea shells. I have a collection of shells and one sand dollar. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. I wish I could send you some sand dollars ... they'd break. I have dozens.

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  6. One of my favorite things to do years ago when we visited sea areas. Loved finding and enjoying them, but never collected. I have too many "collections" of other things I need to get rid of. You are a lady of many interesting things.

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  7. Fun, I like how you labeled the names of them for us. You have a lovely collection.

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    1. Some are really a bit oddly named if you ask me...like hamburger or purse?

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  8. I love the heart ones! And the white heart looks like there are fossils in it. They must all be beautiful in that jar.

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    1. Y'know...it looks like a sand dollar on the broken edges...but now you mention fossil...I am wondering if it may be some kind of coral.

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  9. You have a wonderful collection of shells. I have a few, but I don't have the beans,...the glossy sheen they have is just fabulous. I have a "thing" for stones, am always picking them up, and have one in my coat pocket at all times. They are so tactile!:)

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    1. I used to carry a worry stone around in my pocket!

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  10. i have seen all but 6 and 7 and my mother had hundreds of shells in her house. in jars and boxes, on shelves, in lamps and on picture frames.

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  11. A nice collection! Love the heart-shaped ones. I have a collection from our visits to Florida to visit my late FIL. Couldn't tell you where I've stashed them.....haha!

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    1. I swear...I DO UNDERSTAND how easy it is to forget where things are stored.

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  12. What a great collection.

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  13. OMG that's a lot of shells in a short collection time. I can't imagine the hours spent in cleaning them to that lovely sheen. I have some shells too, but just can't find the time for them to look that beautiful, or find the space to put them so they wont just get dust and look like clutter.

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    1. Cleaning them isn't much of a chore compared to polishing them.

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  14. That is an amazing and fascinating collection.

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  15. My what a beautiful shell collection....so unique.

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    1. Felicia? I can't find your profile to visit with you.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. You have a great collection. I remember you finding the Mary bean. :)

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  17. What an amazing and beautiful collection! I'm afraid that when we would visit Ron's mother in Corpus Christi our walks on the beach were more about chasing the kids into and out of the bay than collecting shells. I did, however, once find a whole sand dollar. Thank you for sharing! I had no idea there was such a variety of shells or sea beans. Wishing you well!

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    1. It's a real 'treat' when you find a WHOLE sand dollar!

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