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Jun
30

Sanibel’s Blind Pass Shell Pile

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Sanibel side of Blind Pass

I was so surprised to see that the Sanibel side of Blind Pass had such a pile of shells. Look at them all! Most of the shells were clams, scallops and bits and pieces of shells but we all found treasures to be proud of.

Rough Scallop

I saw a few bright orange scallops but one really caught my eye….this gorgeous ROUGH SCALLOP.

Katie (Chicago)

Katie found a few really good ones…including a little candy (juvenile HORSE CONCH) and a FLORIDA CONE. Check out her shell bag (taking this photo of her shells through her bag got me a little tickled- not sure why, just not my ordinary shot)

Katie's shell bag

Leon, Lara, Anika and Kika

Lara and her family from Maine were collecting just about anything to take back to a kids camp for shell crafting.

Our favorite shells.....worm shells

I saved the best for last…..WORM SHELLS (hmm…ok, candies are right up there too, right LooLoo?) These are the little tiny ones that still have the white tips on them (like the candy corn!) and have such cool twists and turns to them. They look like a mermaid’s lock of hair, don’t they?

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Jun
29

i Love Shelling on TV!

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I told yall about my interview for WINK TV News on my June 19 post Spreading the Shelling News…… It finally aired yesterday at 12:24 p.m.. As you’ll see, this all happened because I not only posted Sanibel and Captiva photos on my iLoveShelling.com blog but I also posted on i Love Shelling facebook page AND  The Beaches of Fort Myers and Florida facebook page. Yall gave me so much positive feedback on some of my photos that I just got a little crazy with the posting! So a big THANK YOU to you!!! And again a big THANK YOU to Ilene from Main Sail Video Productions for making me feel so relaxed.

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Jun
29

Captiva Crouch Crowd

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Scott, Parker, Mia, Mallory, LouAnn, Nat, Susan and Hans

I got really excited when I pulled into the parking lot at Captiva’s Blind Pass because I saw a crowd doing the “Captiva Crouch” at the shoreline. That means there are shells! So I raced down to find out what they had collected. “I found lots of MUREXES and TULIPS” LouAnn said. “I found FIGHTING CONCHS and a FLORIDA CONE!” from Susan. Hans even liked the DOUBLE KITTEN’S PAWS (everybody really love those) and there were lots of them.

Shelling family doing the "Captiva Crouch"

They were finding some good shells! After talking with them, I realized this whole crowd was together and they were all family. Nice, huh?  Half of them are from Pittsburg and half from Hilton Head. What a fun way to all get together as a family.

Candy at Blind Pass

I found my candy , the juvenile HORSE CONCH so I was a happy girl too. iLoveShelling facebook buddy Kristen said that beach access #7 was a lot of fun yesterday too. She found ANGEL WINGS!

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Jun
27

Red Branch Coral?

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Chris's red coral or sponge

Chris and Sarah picked up this vibrant piece of beach treasure and thought it was a little piece of red branch CORAL. As you can see, it has the shape and branches like coral and so full of color. This is a very cool find…..but….I actually think this is a red SPONGE. I’m not sure it will last long (at times they turn to goo, fall apart or lose their color) but still, it’s beautiful and it’s fun to see different gifts from the sea.

Chris, Sarah and baby Logan (Crawfordsville, Indiana)

Colorful Moon shell and Kings Crown

Clark found this not-so-pretty nice sized KINGS CROWN at the lighthouse beach this weekend. Whether they have barnacles, slime, algae or worn spines, I still like them if nobody has made a home of it and clean them up. Most of the time, I can make them beautiful again by using old dental tools to pick off the barnacles, a tooth brush or scrub brush, and just a tad of bleach to get rid of the algae. I thought I’d shock you when I showed you a before and after picture when I started on the clean up. I started picking….. cleaning…… scrubbing….. errrrrr…… a little better….. back to cleaning…….. hmmmmm. Well, this is the best that this shell is going to get for me right now.

Semi-cleaned up King's Crown

Not too much of a shocker but it was still worth a try. The other side looks pretty good.

Cleaned King's Crown

We have our fair share of King’s Crowns, so when we go back to the lighthouse, we will return this where we found it so that someone else might be able to enjoy it too.

Jun
25

The Coquina Cover-Up

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Coquina with fire

The COQUINAS are here again! I’ve never seen so many live coquinas in the shoreline all in a bunch like colorful jumping beans. Ok, they weren’t jumping but they were squirming to cover themselves up every time a wave fluffed them up.

Handful of coquinas

I even got them on a short video! YouTube Preview Image

They come in every color of the rainbow it seems. Yet, another tiny treasure.

Yellow coquina

Orange coquina

Jun
23

Low Tide Sand Bars

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Lowtide sand bars

I have hot news! But let me tell you about the shelling news first because I really enjoyed the people I met today and I think you will too….

It’s always exciting at low tide on the sand bars at the beach. I wasn’t really finding any keeper shells (or those live BABY EAR tracks) but it really didn’t matter after I saw these young cousins having so much fun filling their bucket with pieces of FIGHTING CONCHS, OLIVES, TULIPS and  lots of  little BUBBLE SHELLS. Do they get any cuter than this?

Jillian, Emma, Rebekah and Ava

Then Clark called me over after hanging out on the sand bar with Donn talking about Texas A&M football while Charlotte was sittin’ and diggin’ up beautiful shells. She was just sifting through the sand finding a few really nice WHELKS while the tide was coming in.

Charlotte and Donn (Texas)

Then Dan came over to get help digging up a whelk and said “I found a huge whelk about 15 inches long. Can you help dig it up with that shell rake?” Off we went, splashing over to the next adventure. Clark helped him dig around the “shell” and finally pulled up the treasure. LOL Doesn’t look like a whelk to me. How about you? ;)

Addy and Dan (Kansas City) with driftwood treasure

Ok, I’ve waited long enough to tell you. The Florida Weekly came out today with the iLoveShelling article!!!!! I’m really tickled with it………… but I’m a little embarrassed about the title. There are so many shellers on the islands and so many who at least have found a junonia.. haha. I think it should have said “A sheller….” instead of ” The sheller…”  but who’s counting, right? LOL (a little giddy) Here it is.. Just click on the picture if you can’t read it to make it open in a new window.

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