“Galli Halo” by Katy Danca
Millions of travelers can see works by area artists each year as they arrive and depart Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The current Art In Flight: By the Sea exhibit features the work of ten Florida photographers. Participating artists reside in Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Marco Island and Tamarac. The exhibit was hung this July and will remain on view until July 2018 in the upper level hallways leading to the B and D concourses at the Southwest Florida International Airport.
“Art inspires and activates our imaginations,” said Alliance Exhibitions Coordinator Krista Johnson. “This exhibit makes it possible for people to experience art every day, and promotes Lee County’s vibrant cultural vibe.”
One of the iconic shells that Sanibel has become known for, the junonia, always seems to draw the attention of residents and tourists alike due to its renowned beauty and scarcity.
And now, the world’s largest recorded junonia – a specimen measuring nearly six inches in length – calls the island home.
“Everybody who comes to Sanibel would love to find a junonia, or even see one,” said Larry Strange, owner of Sanibel Seashell Industries, who recently acquired the record-setting shell.
According to the Registry of World Record Size Shells, the largest junonia ever recorded – a Scaphella junonia measured at 154.0 mm – was collected in the Gulf of Mexico by The Hansbys in 1972. That shell became part of a collection owned by a mollusk enthusiast in Jacksonville, Florida.
Strange, a marine biologist and retired educator, was contacted by the son of the junonia’s owner, who asked if he would be interested in purchasing his father’s massive shell collection. “I had read about his record junonia, and I asked (the son) if it was still part of the collection,” said Strange, who eventually purchased the museum-quality assortment. “His father got the shell from a fisherman working on a shrimp trawler, who obtain a lot of junonias because they’re out in waters 40 to 80 feet.”
However, junonias are rather uncommon to find washed up on the shorelines of Sanibel, so they are highly revered by both amateur and serious shell enthusiasts. In the four weeks since the giant junonia has been on display at the family-run business, Strange noted that people are coming into the store just to see the record-setting shell. “People are walking in and ask just to see it, or take a photo with it,” he said, noting that the shell is encased under a glass dome inside the main display case of the store, located at 1544 Periwinkle Way.
Of course, he’s been asked several times if the junonia is for sale.
“Some people want to know how much it is,” added Strange with a smile. “But it’s not for sale at any price.”
All are welcome to stop by Sanibel Seashell Industries and see the world’s largest junonia in person. The business – which originally opened in 1942 – is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 239-472-1603 or visit www.seashells.com for more information.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Sun for sharing!
What a delightful email from guest Ellen C., who resides in Fairport, NY:
Your “Game On” blog about the Sanibel Rocks group that encourages people to paint shells from Sanibel, encouraged me to send you the picture below.
My son proposed to his fiancé on the beach on Sanibel three years ago and the following year, 5 months before their wedding, we picked up 150 dosinia shells, which we used to create “place cards” for all the wedding guests.
It was such a beautiful way to include Sanibel, and our family’s love for the island, in their upstate New York wedding!
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Should you have any photos you’d like to share, please email them to Dina@OceansReach.com.
Today’s Guest Photographer: Stephanie Ellinger
Turn your family’s summer appetite into a vacation memory! Our beautiful outdoor dining area — The Grove — features four gas grills and comfortable dining furniture. Best of all, you can also enjoy a scenic view of our pond and butterfly garden!
Plan an outdoor spread for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or picnic anytime during the day with snacks and your favorite beverages. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the smiles grow!
Ocean’s Reach delivers two amazing waterfront experiences for our guests to enjoy. One is nature made and a prime reason our guests return year after year: our beach!
The other is man made and requires daily attention to maintain its pristine, crystal blue waters: our refreshing gulffront pool!
Which to enjoy first? What a wonderful dilemma to have! Make time to enjoy them both while visiting Ocean’s Reach. We’re one of a very few Sanibel condo resorts that provides two waterfronts sharing the same panoramic view!
We received a wonderful email from Viktoria R., a sophomore and Public Relations major at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. She sent us this write-up which we’re delighted to share with you!
No One Crabby Here
My family and I had just walked out onto the beach with our beach chairs and umbrella when I saw this little guy out of the corner of my eye. I stooped down to its level and tried my best to capture a picture from the crab’s point of view. Using my iPhone, I took the picture and spent a few seconds admiring this little guy. Though seeing a crab might be the norm for locals, it was pretty special for me since I do not reside in the state. I love the beach of Ocean’s Reach. Every time my family and I stay, we get quite the treat. From spotting dolphins in the distant waves, to meeting this little crab, we are always welcomed with all sorts of wildlife. We can guarantee a stay at Ocean’s Reach will never leave us crabby.
From Denise and Frank Coyne (Andy’s Irish neighbors! ):
No, we were not born on Sanibel but we got there as soon as possible. And once here, we decided to return every year for more than 30 years. As a lot of you know, biking is our hobby while we are here on the island.
Once again this year, we had decided to have a more relaxing holiday here, but I think we have surpassed ourselves on the bike mileage again.
We have not missed a breakfast in the Lighthouse Cafe any morning since we arrived on May 4. Then, coffee at 11 a.m . in the Love Boat, which also, may I say, has some great ice creams. Where would we be without Finnimore’s? Possibly still at home in Ireland. When we arrive, our bikes are waiting for us at our house, ready to go, with the odometer zeroed. Thanks to Kevin for looking after us so well for many years.
Another favorite pastime of ours is eating delicious mangos. Thanks again Lee Ellen and Andy and Merle (who we miss so much) for all the wonderful mangos.
We are looking forward to trying to get our friends Kevin and Jewel to visit us in Ireland. We also are looking forward to having Stan and Melinda visit us again this year in September and join us at our music festivities in West Cork, which they did also last year. These are just some of the very good friends we have made during our many years on Sanibel Island.
To date, we have 3,092 miles on the odometer and still have a little over two weeks left. From the time we began recording our mileage in 2003, we have 43,304 miles done (and that, for a piece of useless information, is about 1.73 times the equatorial circumference). We will be sorry to leave Sanibel, but it may give some of you residents a rest from us, ringing the bike bell as we pass you by on the bike paths. Will be looking forward to seeing you all again next year.