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There’s A Rainbow Somewhere

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Dosinias on the beach

We have finally gotten rain…..and rain….. and rain. We were so dry for so long but in the last few days, we’ve finally gotten some good rain for our yards and to cool things down. After a rain shower when I was a kid, I would always run to the front porch with my mom after the sun would peak out to look for rainbows. She’d shout “There’s got to be a rainbow somewhere! Let’s go see it!”.

Parchment worms on the beach

So when the sun peaked out yesterday afternoon, I ran down to the beach to see if I could catch the rainbow. Yes, there it was! Ohhhh…wait! Don’t disappear! I caught just a smidge of it but it disappeared so quickly in the clouds.

murex, dosinia pen shell

Then the rain came again….. but I caught another rainbow. The rainbow colors of COQUINAS!

Coquinas on the beach


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Seashells Of Sanibel And Nova Scotia

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Sanibel east end

The tides have taken some of the sand that normally covers these slabs* at the lighthouse beach on Sanibel. We were so surprised to see those pieces of concrete showing so much and that we haven’t been finding bigger shells lately. So we search for minis. I did find a MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL along with some other cuties that you probably already know. Can you pick out the MUAVE MOUTH DRILL?

Sanibel seashells on a rock

If you couldn’t figure the others out, go to SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION but the one in the middle of this next picture is the MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL (I don’t have that on the I.D. page yet) ….

Mauve Mouth Drill

Mauve Mouth Drill

There were other mini collectors on the beach in between rain storms last night….

Sanibel shell scene

Eileen from Gainsville, FL was looking for NUTMEGS. Can you tell she like NUTMEGS? Hint- the beautiful bracelet!

Nutmeg seashells and Bracelet

I almost reached down to snag this little “candy” out of Dana’s (came down from Gainsville with Eileen) pile until I realized it was her stash ;)….

Shells on Sanibel beach

A few days ago, I met a few Shelling Sisters from Nova Scotia that I could have spent the whole day with. Clark and I had a wonderful trip to Nova Scotia in 2005 so I was able to reminisce and visualize all of the places they mentioned and was so intrigued with their rich Mi’kmaq culture.

Denise Colleen Mi'kmaq Sanibel

Denise and Colleen from Nova Scotia

It was so much fun reminiscing thanks to Denise and Colleen, I remembered a photo I took of our shells we found near Yarmouth. Even in 2005, I was taking pictures of our treasures….

Nova Scotia shells

Nova Scotia shells 2005

….and of course, taking pictures of Clark with shells….

Nova Scotia shelling

2005 Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Seashells

Nova Scotia Dogwinkles from 2005


* I’ve had a few people comment about those concrete slabs on the beach at the lighthouse since I posted these photos. There were a few other structures in the early 1900s that were washed away by storms. I asked my friend Susie at MacIntosh Books if she knew anything about them of if she had any books about it. She said to look at….

1) Sanybel Light, by Charles LeBuff, who lived at the lighthouse for 22 years and works at MacIntosh every Sunday

2) Sanibel’s Story, by Betty Anholt –includes several photos of lighthouse from 1943.


Let’s Shellebrate July 4th Sanibel Style

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Shellabration July 4th Sanibel

Everybody loves a parade.  And in Sanibel, everybody loves shells. So we don’t want to miss the Sanibel Shellabration 4th of July Parade with the theme of SHELLS (!) to honor the up coming 75th Annual Sanibel Shell Fair and Show in March. So we’re dusting off the Shell Mobile to share in the fun.

This is what our “float” looked like for the Captiva Holiday Village parade in December last year….

Captiva Christmas parade

Clark at the helm of the iLS Shell Mobile

So, of course, we’d like to make even more of a splash with a seashells in i Love Shelling style. So if you are in the area on July 4th and want to walk, ride a bike or ride in your own golf cart with us…come and join us!

blue fireworks

PS- I promise, I will get back to showing you some beach pictures and pics of a few dear shelling sisters I met as well. I just had to tell you what I’ve been up to….. getting ready for a parade!

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