Archive for December, 2010
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.
And Now for the #1 iLoveShelling post of 2010…… Drumroll Please! …..
This wrack line was near Gulf Side City Park.
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.
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.
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!
We had more 15 mph cold winds blowing from the north west all day yesterday. That means shelling at Blind Pass should be pretty good. So that’s why Clark and I headed there this morning at 8 a.m……. which was a little too late to snag this huge LIGHTNING WHELK John found. He got there at 6 a.m.!
Geez…. AND he found a SCOTCH BONNET! This shell is pretty rare to find here so to find a whole one is shellicious. He and his wife come to Sanibel or Captiva to do a little shelling on the weekends from the middle of Florida.
I always get the warm and fuzzies when I meet someone who reads my blog. Look who else I ran into!
It’s Christine Kieffer! She’s one of our shelling sisters who leaves fun comments and adds lots of joy to this blog.
Here she is in the picture above with her husband Rick who helped her get that live HORSE CONCH back safely in the water.
Do shelling families get any cuter than this? I hit the jackpot this morning running into my blog friends. Julie is a shelling sister too and brought her whole family out to gather the shell goodies.
Right away her son Conner found this huge colorful NUTMEG.
Her daughter Katie found one of my faves…. a baby FLAT ZIGZAG SCALLOP.
Yep! There’s Joan that I introduced to you 2 weeks ago (on my post As The Seashells Turn) looking for her treasures in that shell pile right next to the jetty. It was so much fun to run into so many shelling sisters and shelling brother John (shelling brother just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it. Maybe “sheller bro”… er…. uhhh… nah)…. I’ll just go with” my little shelling family”. So nice to see yall.
I’m getting waaarrmmer…..
Ho! Ho !Ho!
And I may have caught him doing a little shelling too…..
This is the sweetest nativity scene made with URCHINS, PEN SHELLS, CLAMS and topped with a STARFISH.
I also want to share a really cute Christmas carol written by local sheller Jody Brown. Our neighborhood sang carols together the other night and I learned her new song. Now we can too! Ahem…. Okay, all together now…
Jingle Shells, Jingle Shells ……
Now that you are warmed up, I’ll show you what I found at Blind Pass this morning…. Shelling sisters!
Meet sisters Kelci, Katie and Kara shelling for COCKLES and CONCHS. Speaking of CONCHS, I found some candy for Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!