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Posts Tagged ‘sea glass’

The Treasures of Winter Tides

Posted by E.G.D. on January 15, 2018

pins11Hello, beachgoers!  We’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve decided to bring it up again:  the dead of winter is a fantastic time for beachcombing.  I was perusing the internet today, and it seemed like every time I stumbled upon articles about the best beaches to visit in January and February, the writers of those articles were sending beachgoers to warmer climes either on/near the equator or in the southern hemisphere (where it happens to be summer).  It might seem weird for some, but I quite like having at least a couple of seasons in my year, and I’ve never thought it was less fun to visit a beach in the winter than to visit a beach in the summer.  Therefore, I was inspired to make a concerted effort, and I found a few great articles about finding treasures on the beach when/where it’s cold outside.  I’ve decided to share my finds with the Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches world!

The first article is from NCCoast.com (a website about the North Carolina Coast):

The Winter Beach – Shelling on the NC Coast

The article has fantastic advice about the best times to hit the beach, as well as advice about responsible shell collecting.

The second article is from CaptivaSanibel.com:

Best time for shelling on the islands comes during winter, extreme tides

I know the title seems to say it all, but the article is fantastic, and it quotes a true expert on the subject.

The third article is from chesapeakefamily.com:

Winter Beachcombing in Maryland

This article is a wealth of family daytrip advice that includes a list of great Maryland beaches to hit on cold winter days!

Don’t let the title of this last one from theislandermagazine.com fool you!  It talks about beachcombing Galveston island in all of the cold months:

Fall Beachcombing

What I quite like about this particular article is that it covers most all of my favorite treasures, including sea beans, shells, shark teeth, and sea glass.

I hope that gives everyone hiding from the cold indoors some food for thought.  Sometimes walking in a winter wonderland means day-tripping to your nearest beach.

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Sea Glass Special! Wellington, New Zealand

Posted by Jody on November 21, 2015

It was a dark and stormy day… another absolutely perfect day at the beach for Greg and me! Oriental Bay Beach is Wellington, New Zealand’s most popular beach. And we had it all to ourselves! I’m guessing that was because of the weather (which pretty much only matters to us if there are lightning bolts involved).

Here’s a peek at what ended up to be a wonderful afternoon of sea glass hunting on Wellington’s beautiful inner harbor strand:

 

When I am asked, I often tell people that we have found the best sea glass beaches close to the older, often rowdy-ish, local bar scene districts. I wonder what the story of Oriental Bay is to have so much sea glass deposited on this stretch of beach. This sandy shoreline is probably one of the top three sea glass beaches we have ever come across!

It certainly was a perfect day at the beach for these two Beach Treasure Hunters!

Do you have an amazing beach for sea glass hunting? We’d sure love to hear about it!

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Wellington, NZ and the Storm Coast

Posted by E.G.D. on March 19, 2015

We made it to Wellington well before midnight. The commodore, (who has been captaining our ship since Sydney) wanted the ship to be safely tucked into Wellington’s harbor as early as possible.

It was a dark and rainy day. The morning started with an excursion to the aptly named Storm Coast. And was it ever a blast! We wound around the coast from Wellington to Eastbourne, viewing some really fantastic scenery and watching the Picton-Wellington ferry clash with the sea’s swells.  It was cold, wet, and sooooo windy (the kind of wind you have to lean into to hopefully stay on your feet). All in all, the perfect day for a visit to The Storm Coast, and travel into the section of the shoreline also known as The Shipwreck Coast.


The drive ended at a beautiful, hilltop sheep ranch where we were served tea (as in tea and treats). The ranch owner and his two faithful dogs gave us a sheep herding demonstration which was great fun. Then it was back to Wellington, along the same stretch of coast, as high tide approached the coastline. That, and the wind, made for fun photo stops at a shipwreck and a lighthouse beach along the return route.

After the tour, Greg and I headed into New Zealand’s capital city. We followed the seafront from the ship’s berth to Oriental Bay, about a three mile walk (The Maritime Heritage Trail). On the beach at Oriental Bay we found quite a bit of sea glass in brown, green, and clear colors. Along the way I was struck by the amount of public art Wellington has to offer. Every nook and cranny seemed to have some sort of purposefully designed public art to sit on, walk across, or simply ponder over.

No time for snooping around shops today. We had to make it back to the ship for our departure to Aukland. Now, even though Commodore Rynd has altered our course, this was the day with our roughest seas yet (but only for a short while)!

Have a wonderful yesterday! -Jody & Greg

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Simply Decorate with Beach Treasures

Posted by Jody on July 19, 2014

You may have enjoyed many trips to the sandy shoreline without bringing home any treasured seashells.  Me too!  Sometimes there just aren’t any seashells to be found. Other times the seashells that are sparsely scattered about the beach are only broken bits of their former glory.

No seashells? No problem!  Just bring home the real estate! We have found some beautiful beaches made up of tiny black pebbles (Yachats, Oregon comes to mind). Other beaches, especially along Northern California’s coast, are streaked with rivers of colorful, tumbled stones and agates. These lovely beach treasures can be turned into a striking display when you get them back home.

Colorful Northern California Beach Stones on Display

Tiny fragments of seashells or coral can easily be substituted for these multicolored beach treasures. With or without a candle, this is a beautiful, memory-filled decoration. As you can see below, we have our candle dish of wave polished stones displayed right next to a pitcher full of sea tumbled glass, ceramic, and seashells we found at Fort Bragg, California many, many moons ago.

Sea Glass and Beach Stones. A Lovely Combination.

There’s something very zen about running your fingers through a bowl full of tiny, smooth beach gems. Beautiful colors and shapes just keep rising to the top. Try it. You’ll like it! 😉

How do you decorate with beach treasures?  We’d love for you to share your ideas and photos with us. Please join in and send your photos and descriptions to oneshellofafind@gmail.com, and we’ll happily show them off for you!

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 Published 2/23/12

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Most of the Way to LA: McFaddin Beach

Posted by E.G.D. on June 17, 2014

Beautiful Day at McFaddin Beach (Photo by E. G. D.)

Beautiful Day at McFaddin Beach (Photo by E.G.D.)

The Sign (Photo by E.G.D.)

The Sign (Photo by E.G.D.)

The other day, one of my many jobs sent me to Nederland, TX, which is about two hours east of the part of Houston in which I live. I needed to be in Nederland for a grand total of two and a half hours. Crazy, right? I drove a total of four hours for a job that lasted fewer than three! Suffice it to say, I felt the need to justify all that driving with a bit of fun, and I wound up driving an extra 20 minutes east so that I could visit McFaddin Beach (and I highly recommend you click that link, because the article is EXTREMELY worthy of note, especially if you are interested in finding fossils on a beach). McFaddin Beach, also known as the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, was on fire last time I passed it by. Mom (known more commonly here as Jody) and I tried to visit Sea Rim State Park on our way to Louisiana last summer, and we didn’t make it very far because there was an extremely smoky brush fire raging there. McFaddin is immediately past Sea Rim State Park on the same road, and I am happy to report that it was absolutely fire-free this time around.

High Tide (Photo by E.G.D.)

High Tide (Photo by E.G.D.)

In fact, I had the great good fortune to enjoy it on a truly beautiful day! I was at first disappointed that I arrived at high tide (the water was all the way up to the knee-high, three-yard-wide pile of seaweed that separates the parking area from the water), but over the course of the two or three hours I wandered there, the tide receded somewhat, and I found a startling array of truly remarkable shells! I found no fewer than nine whole and completely undamaged angel wings, two brightly colored and unoccupied shark-eye snail shells, and some very nice whelk pieces, among other things. I even found a very nice piece of green sea glass.

While I wandered, I passed kids playing in the silt, a good number of adults wading, swimming, and sun bathing, and an older gentleman searching the beach with his metal detector. I watched whole flying and floating flocks of some sort of very large bird I never managed to identify. I discovered a weathered coconut, looking rather lonely and a bit out of place on a Texas beach. I startled a few ghost crabs back into their holes, and I returned a couple of beached, live snails to the water (those were actually before I discovered the two unoccupied shells). I will say, though, that I did not pass anything at all along the lines of bathroom facilities, showers, or lifeguard towers. If you plan to visit McFaddin beach (and if you happen to be anywhere near Port Arthur, you really should), bring a jug of water to rinse your feet off and go to the bathroom before leaving town! While you’re at it, I recommend that you pack a picnic, sun block, a hat, and an extra large bag in which to stow your shelling treasures. You’re in for a fun and productive day at the beach!

Anyone Know What These Birds Are? (Photo by E.G.D.)

Anyone Know What These Birds Are? (Photo by E.G.D.)

Treasures (Photo by E.G.D.)

Treasures (Photo by E.G.D.)

Fun stuff!  Have a great day, hopefully at the beach. -E.G.D.

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“Where can I find sea glass?”

Posted by Jody on April 16, 2014

Here are a few handy tips for our sea glass treasure hunters!

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Collecting sea glass is such a fun hobby. Many an eager beachcomber has headed to the seashore in hopes of discovering the ideal piece of sea glass (also called beach glass). Finding that perfectly frosted, wave tumbled jewel can make the very best day at the beach even better!

Often times people will ask, “Where can I find sea glass on _(fill in the blank)_?” My answer goes something like this: “That’s a great question. In my experience, the best beaches for finding sea glass are near the more populated locales, especially around areas with bars. Party scene locations tend to produce more glass in the surrounding water. Check for low tides, too. You will most likely find more sea glass when the tide is out and the beach is lengthened. Have a wonderful time! Let us know what you find! ~Aloha”

Sea Glass, Surfside, Texas (©Jody Diehl)

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Christmas and New Year beachcombing

Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014

I simply cannot wait to see what Alex does with these beauties!
She’s so very talented. Have a look. I’m sure you’ll agree!

Under A Topaz Sky

A trip to Suffolk would not be complete these days without a visit to Southwold Pier and a nice comb along the beach. As I’ve said before, the massive loss of coastline north of Southwold makes the beach a wonderful spot for sea glass and other bits and pieces. We went on my birthday (Christmas Eve) and although it was bitterly cold and the tide was coming in, I still managed a bit of a trawl through the shingle and came away happy with these little beauties.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 a

I can’t resist a nice ring pull and my husband spotted the wonderfully soft, fuzzy piece of pottery. But this was the prize, the bottom of a slender glass bottle.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 b

I’m sure, looking at the diameter and also that the glass rises straight from the base, that it’s old. It certainly looks like some bottles I have from Victorian dumps.  Southwold never disappoints!

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Beachcombing on Waikiki Beach (Oahu, Hawaii)

Posted by Jody on January 3, 2014

~ An oldie but goodie!

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What will you find on Waikiki Beach? Surfers, sunsets and sea glass!

World famous Waikiki Beach, once the favored playground of Hawaiian royalty, is one of my all-time favorite beaches for its scenery and sea glass collecting.  Waikiki Beach’s beautiful, clean white sands stretch for nearly two miles from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the  iconic Diamond Head crater.  The entire sandy strand has smaller named stretches of beach.  Beginning near the Hilton Lagoon (a very tame place for a family swim) they are: Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, Gray’s Beach, Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach Center, and Queens Beach.

There are so many free things to do on Waikiki Beach.  That’s darn good news for those hard-earned vacation dollars! Of course, #1 on my list is beachcombing for sea glass!  I’ve been to Waikiki Beach numerous times and have yet to find a handful of whole seashells in…

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Simply Decorate with Beach Treasures

Posted by Jody on February 23, 2012

You may have been to many beaches without bringing home any treasured seashells.  Me too!  Sometimes there just aren’t any seashells to be found. Other times the seashells that are sparsely scattered about the beach are only broken bits of their former glory.

No seashells? No problem!  Just bring home the real estate! We have found some beautiful beaches made up of tiny black pebbles (Yachats, Oregon comes to mind). Other beaches, especially along Northern California’s coast, are streaked with rivers of colorful, tumbled stones and agates. These lovely beach treasures can become a striking display when you get them back home.

Simply Decorate With Beach Treasures! Northern California Beach Stones on Display

Tiny fragments of seashells or coral can easily be substituted for these multicolored beach treasures. With or without a candle, this is a beautiful, memory-filled decoration. As you can see below, we have our candle dish of wave polished stones displayed right next to a pitcher full of sea tumbled glass, ceramic, and seashells we found at Fort Bragg, California many, many moons ago.

Sea Glass and Beach Stones. A Lovely Combination.

There’s something very zen about running your fingers through a bowl full of tiny, smooth beach gems.  Beautiful colors and shapes just keep rising to the top. Try it. You’ll like it! 😉

How do you decorate with beach treasures?  We’d love for you to share your ideas and photos with us. You can send your photos to oneshellofafind@gmail.com, and we’ll happily show them off for you!

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