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Paradise Found On Bowman’s Beach Sanibel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Bowman Beach Sanibel video, Hurricane Hermine, Storms, Video | 12 comments

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If you’re a beach comber, Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island has been the perfect place for those long walks on the beach while picking up a few beautiful treasures.

A beautiful and peaceful walk…. oh yea… and some excitement each time spotting one of these gorgeous works of art.

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Definitely exciting finding an empty KINGS CROWN.

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Clark and I met beachcomber Laurie a mile from any other people… we compared our fave find HORSE CONCHS. Wowza!

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This walk was so amazing….  I did a video to share with you! I headed north from Bowmans Beach to find the new pass Tropical Depression Hermine (she was a hurricane after she left here) opened up from Clam Bayou about a month ago. Not sure how long it will last but this new waterway is a little paradise.

Oh Wait! …  before you take your mind into the amazing paradise….  please don’t forget to “tip” Shell Love Bug to help with youth educational programs at the Shell Museum! CLICK HERE

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Okay…. now back to paradise… Take a big, slow breath and clear your mind. Escape to the beach for a few minutes to find a few shells and feel the power of peace Mother Nature has given us.

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Sanibel Shelling and Shell Love Bug

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Sanibel, Community Outreach, Shell Love Bug, Shellaboratory, Shellebrity | 13 comments

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Holy Cowrie- I’m shocked at how long it’s been since I’ve published my last blog post! I think this is the longest I’ve gone between posts in 8 years but it hasn’t been because I haven’t been conchsumed with seashells. I’ve found shells at Bowman’s Beach …

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And Gulfside City Park beach (notice that amazing lemon yellow LEAFY JEWELBOX)…

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And Blind Pass Sanibel (finding so many color variations of the FLORIDA FIGHTING CONCH)

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And hanging out with my girlfriends Janie and Sandy on the West Gulf beaches.

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I even took a trip up to Virginia Beach to see my family. It was just what I needed… a big dose of family with a recharge of seeing my dear friends and childhood beach I grew up on. I was thrilled to find a few RAZOR CLAMS (we always called them RAZOR CLAMS but I think they are actually AMERICAN JACKKNIFE CLAMS) that matched my new bracelet my friend Wendy Miller gave me (Heart Of Dolphin Designs …and of course my long time favorite silver shell bracelet by Congress Jewelers )

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And then…. there’s been the Shellaboratory. I’ve been working every day trying to get our shells back in order and doing some remodeling. The floor is done (sneak preview of the shells I painted on it ) but all our shells still need to be sorted again. “Why” you ask? Because it looked like a shellnado whipped through the shellab after the shelldazzling of…..

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Shell Love Bug! I’ll take that shellnado any day- she was so worth it. I hope you get to see her soon- check out her new tour date schedule updated periodically by going to ShellLoveBug.com or CLICK HERE

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Exciting News!

Shell Love Bug will be a shellebrity at The Celebrity Island Dinner for the fundraiser for our fabulous Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island at Traders October 3. Remember a few years ago when I dressed up as Shelly Temple hahaha (click here) ? Yep, this is the same event but unfortunately, the event sold out very quickly this year… although…. you can still play a part of the event.

Wanna show some love for Shell Love Bug? Help spread the shelling love …. give Shell Love Bug a “tip” as a donation to the Shell Museum. Shell Love Bug spreads the shellove of seashells and so does the museum.

Let’s all help out by shelling out a few clams for either Shell Love Bug or any of the other “shellebrity waiters” to raise some beach bling for the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum   CLICK HERE

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PS-  You just might see her shellivanting around the islands this week ;)

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The Calm After The Storm

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Clark Rambo, Conch, Horse Conch, Hurricane Hermine, Sanibel Stoop, Storms, Tropical Storm #9 Hermine | 17 comments

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The best time to find lots of shells on the beaches of southwest Florida is after a storm coming from the Gulf Of Mexico – which is exactly what happened last weekend when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine came through.

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We never know exactly when or where the shells will start washing in after the storm leaves town but theres nothing more fun than hunting for them high and low. This is also the time to meet lots of other fun-loving shellers on the hunt for those amazing treasures that roll up on our beaches.

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… And in the water when it calms.
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… And anywhere in between.

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Errrrr but wait. There may be something more fun than searching for them… Finding them.

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Boom Shellalaka!

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Shellzam!

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Truly Spectacsheller!

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This type of excitment is exactly what happened at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach by the fishing pier last weekend. It’s what we shellers wait for and dream about!

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Earlier this week the seas calmed from the storm and the shells weren’t as easy to find so Clark and I headed south towards Marco to explore the outer islands by boat.

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OMG Super Sheller Clark hit the shellmongus jackpot!

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