Big Scout Project

Back to the Scene of the Crime: Part 2

The sea was angry that day, my friends….

Actually, we’re at the Gulf of Mexico, which Charles calls “a big mud puddle.” That’s nuts, of course. He says it’s just an overgrown salt lake on a lot of oil, but I say it’s nothing to be trifled with. Here’s a shot of this morning’s surf:

The day’s waves attracted several dozen surfers over the course of 12 hours.

What you can’t see from this iPhone pic is that there are about a dozen intrepid surfers out there doing a pretty great job of riding these waves, which are breaking about a quarter of a mile off shore by my estimation.

We were supposed to get thunderstorms last night, but there’s just the appearance of bad weather. I’m again on the deck, and it’s about 70 degrees this morning. There’s a pretty serious salt mist so I’ve actually got my laptop enshrouded in t-shirts to keep it free of sea spray; I’ve never seen this mentioned in the Mac documentation, but I’m pretty sure it’s a good idea.

A few pix from the last couple of days…

This part of the coast is famous for a few things: sea foul, migratory birds, and seashells. Here’s a snapshot of the shells collected within a 300 yard range in either direction from this house:

These shells were gathered right in front of the house. Amazing variety.

I know I’ve completed the collecting hobbies badge, but I can’t help taking these home with me and adding to the shells I gathered two years ago along this beach. Normally, you can see a line of them, dropped where high tide last appeared. But today, there’s no sign of shells, a consequence of the churning waters which are usually pretty still in my experience. And that probably explains why my shelling expedition early this morning was a bust. A local had pointed me to a beach north of here where she swore I’d find incredible shells — if I got there before anyone else.

So Freida and I went for it this morning. No shells to be found, we should’ve slept in, but Freida was drawn pretty quickly to this recently deceased gull:

This seagull, and kelp, were among the few things found on the sand this morning.

… and this pelican…

This carcass, a few days old, looks absolutely prehistoric.

Even in death they were beautiful. I sincerely mean that.

So I’ll try shell hunting again later in the week after this weather front has passed, but I did start to play around with sketching them yesterday. Here’s an example, with more to come in later posts:

A lone shell, and its charcoal facsimile.

Today’s weather clearly calls for indoor activities. Charles has come down with some recording equipment, and we’re going to flesh out some song ideas for the next CD.

Will post another update soon. Til then, Greetings from Surfside Beach, TX… Wish You Were Here.

Greetings from Surfside, TX. Wish you were here…


6 thoughts on “Back to the Scene of the Crime: Part 2

  1. Pingback: Simple Seashell Jewelry | The Big Scout Project

  2. At one time, in the Misty Vapors of the Past, I was in college to be a Marine Biologist. Hope to see play again soon!! Love this project!!



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  3. I love those shells…..I have a few just like them that I hand drilled out a hole in the “hinge” section for use as “beads”. I think I shall HAVE to get back to my roots of the GoM soon!!!


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    • Jamie, I’m so happy to report that there are amazing numbers of these shells with the holes naturally in them. I’m collecting them for some jewelry and another project, and I’ll save some for YOU! Hope life is good. — Jean

      • That would be coolio, Jean. As for the holes, there are several types of carnivorous snails that drill through the hinge portion to eat the mollusk from within with a long, tubal “tongue”, technically called the radula. Used to have one in my 55 gal. salt tank, many moons ago. Thinking of making a necklace of native shells and minerals…..


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