This morning, as I was walking toward the laundry, I saw a shell – midway up, on the inside of this rusty utility fence, which encloses some utility stuff. I zoomed in with my camera, which, luckily, I had around my neck.
After realizing it had a crab inside, I immediately dropped my bag of dirty clothes in the middle of the sidewalk and walked all the way around the fenced-in area where I could get a closer look. It ends up that his shell was as big as my hand.
When I became bored with the hermit crab, I re-traced my steps back to my bag of laundry and got that started. About 30 minutes later, I noticed the crab was not on the fence anymore. So, I went back around to where I had last seen him and spent about 10 minutes looking for him and his pretty shell. This time, I found him at the bottom of the fence. Assuming he was trying to get out of the fenced area, I grabbed the bottom of the linked fence and pulled hard towards me. That allowed just enough space for my other hand to reach in and pull the shell out into the free world.
After we said our good-byes, he left me and went on his merry way.
Some more to reflect upon:
Something else I saw this morning; the biggest iguana I’ve ever seen, casually walking through this NAPA auto care shop.