What's in your Beach Pail Part II

I'm a huge fan of the beach. It's my happy place and I never seem to tire of it! Having spent so many days there this summer already, I've have lots to share of the little things my kids and their friends pick up while they are climbing the rocks at low tide.  Thought I would share our finds once again.  Enjoy.

Sand dollars are not so plentiful here on this beach so we get really excited when we find some. We get even more excited if they are not alive. This happens rarely.
Steve had to dive for these so the kids could see how many were on the bottom.  We showed them and them put them back.
Hermit crabs are plentiful here.  The kids catch dozens and dozens!

 Someone left this guy behind on one of the posts at the start of our vacation. He was there for more than a week. I imagine some mother told her child they couldn't bring the crab home so he/she left him there basking (I mean baking) in the sun.  I thought it looked cool. I'm sure it was a cruel way to die :0(
 Yippppppppppeeeeeee a keeper! 
 They're ugly up close aren't they?

 I love funky stuff like this!
 Hmmmmmm.... maybe a 2 month old?
 We were told that this is a Chinese Mitten Crab.  Didn't know much about them until I did a little research when we got home. Apparently, they are dangerous to our ecosystem and we were supposed to kill him and report the find.  Who knew????????  Not even 100% sure if it is one.
 Strange claws huh?  Wonder how he gets anything done with the giant ball in his way!
 Mini conch.  Apparently they are good eats, according to the woman that was collecting a scoop full of these and periwinkles.  She said it was dinner.  Hmmmmmm....... no thanks!

 Who's vertebrae?
 Love the color of this shell AND his wispy feelers on the front!  Very cool. 

 Live one, he's going back!  Love the little suckers. Funny to watch them move. 

 That's everything in this pail!


Happy Birthday My Friend~

A dear friend of mine will be celebrating a special birthday in almost two months.  It's a special birthday and I knew a gift that would be perfect to give her from me.  We were together recently and while discussing the upcoming birthday, I knew just the gift  I would give.  We both share a love of photography so I snapped away that day.

Enjoy my friend and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!   I know it's early but you know me, I have no patience at all.   But when it comes to photos, I don't think you do either :)
 I love little toes. I have so many photos like this displayed around my home. I hope you love this one too!

 I LOVE the drama of this photo! It makes my heart smile.

 Isn't he squeezable cute?
 I put a little vintage flair on this one. He could model for Ralph Lauren :0)


Sampson's Pond

We've been spending our nights at Sampson's Pond right through sunset.  Then we stay a bit longer  to fish up until it's mosquito dinner hour.  It's becoming a nightly ritual with us. No matter how tired we are at the end of the day, it never gets old watching the boys have so much fun. I've had plenty of opportunity to perfect my sunset photos here.  For as many as I've taken, I'm amazed at how different each photo is.  Sharing two good ones from last night.

I really don't want summer to end!


Sunrise Part II

I had to share my love of the sunrise with someone!  I woke up my youngest sun, I mean son :0) at 4:30 a.m. on our last morning at the beach.  He was groggy but willing. I told him how magical it was.  I wrapped him up and and we camped out until the sun started to pop up. This sunrise was completely different!  There was fog everywhere. At first, I was a bit nervous that it wouldn't be as magical as the first one I saw but it was. It was just different. I am so glad I shared this morning with him. We're having a great summer so far. I hope you are too!

Our message to Dad who was at home that night :0)