Archive for October, 2009
John comes to Sanibel twice every year from Altoona, PA to shell the beaches……and HE LOVES IT! He has everything he needs to make his day a perfect shelling adventure. He has one of those trusty picker-upper tools, a bucket at his feet and the perfect attitude. He was just getting started when Clark and I met him at the lighthouse beach and he already had his bucket filled with treasures. Shell On, John!
1, 2 a shell- woohoo! 3,4 let’s shell some more.
What a great way to teach kids about shells and to teach them to count! Annette is a second grade teacher in an inner city Chicago school so she and her sheller friend Debbie are finding lots of different shells to take back to her class. She says that this will be exciting to show her students what she found on a beach all the way from Florida. Thank you Annette and Debbie for sharing the gifts of the sea with your kids!
It’s been such a quiet summer but the shellers are starting to trickle in.
Clark and I met Mark and Dana who call Baltimore home and are excited that this year they were able to buy a place in Bonita Springs so they can visit more often. Even though the shelling today wasn’t great, they were happy to find PEN SHELLS, SCALLOPS, CLAMS and enjoy their first day trip to Sanibel.
Look what the McBride’s found washed up on the beach for Halloween! You just never know what the tide will bring in.
FLATS are normally very difficult to find on Sanibel or Captiva but just about every one I’ve found was at Blind Pass on the Captiva side. Some times they have barnicles on them or need to be cleaned up so I use dental tools I found at a shell shop to pick any growths off of them. A FLAT is part of a ZIG ZAG SCALLOP that only has one flat side.
I don’t think that there are any nicer people on the planet than shellers. These gals were just having a great time scooping, sifting, stooping and chatting. Just look at the smiles on their faces….life really is good. Patty was finding WORMSHELLS so I had to not act jealous (just kidding- I did find one to add to my collection to make another mirror). Deb was finding APPLE MUREXES and Emma found a beautifulLACE MURES that was young enough that it still had that cute little pink tip to it and a SUNRAY VENUS that both sides were still together.
Girl’s day at Blind Pass on the Captiva side was a good day any way you cut it.