Friday, April 14, 2006

Pic Nic Island Sand Dollars

Today I went to Pic Nic Island. I thought that I would be going solo on my expedition to capture and photograph the elusive Sand Dollar.

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
I am happy to say things did not go entirely according to plan! Instead of going all by my lonesome I had the privilege of taking along a couple of lovely little women!

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
Now this does provide a few challenges. Little women are not at all like little men and their common sense and desire to remain healthy and alive can get in the way of the typical male adventure. They were however willing, with only a few comments now and again, to follow me well beyond their comfort zones.

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
They had what I would consider an unusual preoccupation with what might be beneath the surface. I found out they do not like Horseshoe Crabs!

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
We did find the creature we were looking for and they busily help me collect a few to photograph.

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
By this, time despite shivering from the cold, they were engrossed with the sand dollar hunt and were having a great time.

There's a pretty little legend
That I would like to tell
Of the birth
and death of Jesus
Found in this lowly shell

If you examine closely,
You'll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
by a Roman's Spear.

On one side the Easter Lily,
Its center is the
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.

The Christmas poinsettia
Etched on the other side
Reminds us of
His birthday
Our Happy Christmastide.

Now break the centre open
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread
Good Will and Peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you
and me
To help us spread his Gospel
Through all eternity.

Pic Nic Island Girls April 14, 2006
We also captured a baby needle fish and did our best to photograph it as well.

Thank you little women for gracing me with your presence on this sunny spring afternoon.


  1. What a glorious spring day in Florida!

    We caught a file fish flopping around on the beach quite a few years ago after Hurricane Floyd and he lived quite happily in our saltwater aquarium for years. Did you keep any of your finds?

  2. I know exactly where you are coming from Melissa I have had my share of file fish as well.
    I do not currently have a tank up and running so we let this critter go. One of the girls was dissappointed she said and I qoute she wanted to have it in her room at home so that every morning when she got out of ben she could say to it "hi little needle fish".

  3. I'd never seen a needle fish before, and I'm so amazed I forgot what I was going to say...

    By the way, I replied to your doubt on the Blogger Help group, so as not to interfere here ;-)

    Nice blog!


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