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2010 Top 10 i Love Shelling Posts

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Happy New Year!

2010 has been an amazing year to experience such beauty of our beaches and seashells on these tropical islands of Sanibel, Captiva and our gulf coast. While thinking of the fun adventures we’ve had this year, I started looking back at this years posts and found myself smiling at so many fond memories. I tried to choose just a few of my favorites but I couldn’t make my list any smaller than 10 posts. Starting at #10 and working my way to my #1 fave post…. so here ya go…..Click on each picture  or title to see the post to understand why I chose it.

#10 Sunrise Shelling On Sanibel

Sunrise shelling on Sanibel

Sunrise shelling on Sanibel

#9 Angels On The Gulf Coast

False angel wings sea shells drb

Angel Wings on the Gulf Coast

#8 On Top Of Shell Mountain

On Top of the Shell Mountain

On Top of the Shell Mountain

#7 Coquina Cover Up

Coquina red

Coquina Red

#6 Seashells Under The Rainbow

Seashell Cherub

Seashells Under The Rainbow

#5 I Found A Big One

12 inch whelk shell

I Found A Big One

#4 Auger Art

Auger blue

Auger Art

#3 The Cockle Hop

Cockle shell

Cockle Hop Video

#2 Cownose Ray Video

manta ray youtube pic

Cownose Ray Video

And Now for the #1 iLoveShelling post of 2010…… Drumroll Please! …..

#1 Wentletrap Trapping Video

Wentletrap shelling

Wentletrap Trapping Video

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Ever Changing Beaches

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pen shells and beach stuff

All along the Sanibel beaches from Tarpon Bay Road to the Lighthouse beach there are tons of PEN SHELLS, COCKLES,  SEAWEED, HEART URCHINS, SEA URCHINS, SEA PORK,  BRYOZOAN COLONIES and more PIG’S FEET.

Beach colors

Beach colors

This wrack line was near Gulf Side City Park.

Cockle shells and seaweed

Cockle shells and seaweed

The shelling was much better today on Sanibel at these beaches rather than the sand bar at Blind Pass on Captiva I’ve been raving about lately. Blind Pass seems to be getting picked over and the sand is building over the shells….. but then again, you can sit ‘n sift and probably still find some good stuff.

Changing sand bar

Changing sand bar

Shell seekers on sand bar

Shellers at sand bar point ("staff" photo by Clark)

In the last couple of weeks I’ve had some issues with my photo downloads so I thought I lost lots of pictures….. but Apple genius Matt recovered my files. These next photos are the people I’ve met in the last couple of weeks that I didn’t get to post  but I didn’t want to leave them out. Lost… but not forgotten.

Me with Penny (Jupiter, FL) at Captiva Holiday Village

Me with Penny (Jupiter, FL) at Captiva Holiday Village

Terry (Captiva) showing her beautiful shell crafts

Terry (Captiva) showing her beautiful shell crafts

Mimi, Beasse and Charly

Mimi, Bease and Charley

High tide seashells

High tide seashells

Sunday afternoon we were out in the cold and howling north west winds watching the shells start to pile up on the sand bar at Blind Pass on Captiva. I know I’ve been talking so much about this new sand bar….. but when it’s good, it’s super shellacious! There were too many FIGHTING CONCHS and OLIVES to count with TULIPS, CORAL  and CONES mixed in too. My favorite part of the video is when I found the biggest FLAT I’ve ever found and then I saw Melinda ( it was so windy, I hope I heard her name right) find her sa-weeet ALPHABET CONE.

Come along on this shelling trip with me ….without getting cold and wet!

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