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Shellebrate Hound-O-Ween

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Jukonia junonia dog costume

 I was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a walking JUNONIA in CVS drug store on Sanibel. It was Kona the Shiba Inu as “JUKONIA”with her dad Chip. Hilarious and so stinkin clever!

Happy Halloween!

kona junonia dog costume

 Since this post has already gone to the dogs, I found a few other Sanibel Stoop pooches too…

skye boston terrior

puppy with pen shell seashell

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Creepy Crawly Fiddler Crab Video

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fiddler crab purple

Watch out! There’s an Invasion Of The FIDDLER CRABS on Sanibel’s out-islands!

Just in time for Halloween…

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The Calm After The Storm

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blue heron at sunrise Sanibel

 All is quiet now on Sanibel.

beached bouy at sunrise sanibel

The storm is gone and seas are calm.

sunrise sanibel sheller with tool

The sun will rise…

man shelling at sunrise

Life will continue…

Horse conchs sunrise Sanibel

Shellers will shell…

Lisbeth Sanibel stoop

Lizbeth and Maureen will laugh with joy…

Lisbeth Maureen 7

Share their gifts of the sea…

Lisbeth seashells

This is what I call paradise.

Great Blue Heron sunrise Sanibel

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Seashells On Cloud Nine

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Large tulip bits n pieces

The shelling was excellent all weekend after the storm early last week. Not only was I tickled to find this large TRUE TULIP, the FLAT SCALLOPS, HORSIES, the WORMIE and a piece of aqua SEA GLASS, I think finding 2 pieces of JUNONIA and 2 pieces of LION’S PAW is what turbo charged me to run from beach to beach to search the clues for the unbroken loot. The after-burners went into high gear. I know you already heard I hit gold with my JUNONIA and LION’S PAW but now they are all cleaned up so I have to show them just one more time (I know, I know… just humor me ;))….

junonia lions paw

Ahhhhh. Two out of  The Elite Three. So for a while, I’m not coming down from being on cloud nine.

junonia lions paw aperture

I saw lots of other shellers and friends enjoying the gifts of the sea too. Sunrise shellers Robert and Eileen…

Robert Eilene sunrise

Robertfound a LION’S PAW too! It has some barnacles but who cares! It is a huge whole one and will clean up nicely I’m sure.

Rob lions paw

The locals were out playing on the beach too. I ran into my friend Mary (Captiva) …

Mary with cone and horsie

She found an ALPHABET CONE and a bright orange HORSE CONCH. Candy!

alphabet and conch captiva

More of my buddies! I found Betsy and Sherrill sittin’ n siftin’ through another big shell pile…

Betsy and Sherrill on shell pile

King and Queen of this shell mountain, Kathy and Tony had it all to themselves…

Palm beach Kathy A Tony

Other than shells, the storm brought in lots of other Beach Bling too. One of my favorites being pieces of CORAL.

coral on aqua Sanibel Captiva

I still have more photos of cool stuff I found on the beaches..but not the time to show them all again. We have Hurricane Rina out in the Caribbean which may turn towards Florida from Mexico so we have to keep an eye out to see what she does. I just hope everybody is safe from this Category 2 Hurricane headed for Cancun, Cozumel then turning towards Cuba. When everybody is safe, then we can think about the shells she might produce. I promise, I’ll catch up tomorrow and keep you updated.

sunrise sheller eileen


My Shell Cup Runneth Over

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lion's paw on north captiva

I’m speechless. The day after I found my very first JUNONIA, I found a big beautiful LION’S PAW.

lions paw seashell

Really!!!! I found it on North Captiva on Saturday. I really can’t even find words to tell you how lucky I feel. Maybe because I’m exhausted from searching beach after beach all weekend (you know that feeling!) especially after I got the major adrenaline rush from my JUNONIA. I just had to share this with you tonight. I couldn’t wait one more second! Until tomorrow for the rest of the story….

pam with lions paw

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There’s A New Super Sheller In Town!

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My first junonia aperture

 Oh my gosh! Who found this beautiful seashell?

pam with first junonia

Move over Clark! There’s a new sheller in town that can find a JUNONIA too….mmmeeeeee! I found one!! Finally! I’m so giddy, I can’t even think straight!

prize junonia

Believe it or not, I was the first one on the beach in Captiva this morning. I know, this is very rare for me but after seeing the piles of shells along every stretch of Captiva beach yesterday I couldn’t sleep. At 6:30 a.m., I layered up my clothes since it was low 60s this morning (for most that’s not cold but for here…. brrr) grabbed my lighted cap and headed for Blind Pass. I was meeting some of my girlfriends but poor Clark had to work so he couldn’t join us.

shell pile before day light

The pile had fresh new shells stacking up so I started to sift through. I found a small piece of JUNONIA so I started to get a little excited but had to keep focused. Digging…..sifting……digging….. sifting. Are my eyes deceiving me? What? No! It isn’t!  YES! It is! It’s a JUUUNNNOOONNNIIIAAAA!

My first junonia in dark

This is my very first JUNONIA. I’ve been shelling for a long time and this is the first whole one I’ve ever found. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like JUNONIAS are the rarest shell ever…..but they just have never been found by me…until now.

My first junonia early morning

The weird thing is, right after I found it and celebrated, I dug right back in thinking I could uncover a whole famly of JUNONIAS. LOL Then the sun broke through and I celebrated some more.  I know, I look like a shelling geek/nerd/dork/dweeb in this “get up” but who cares! I did a few happy dances!

pam happy dance

While I was happily shelling with my buddies, as my good luck today would have it, Dr Jose Leal, Director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum walked up right beside me on the beach with his surf board ready to hit the waves. I got to show my prized shell to him! To me, he’s like the “Seashell Czar”, “The Mollusk Magnate ” (and Surfer Dude!)… oh I’m just being silly, but it really was fun to show him my find. My buddy Ellen took this photo of us.

Jose Leal and pam

See? I think he’s impressed by my find too… heehee

Surfer Jose Leal

 Just another view of this beauty…

my junonia with waves

 To get a shot of my wonderful friends Diane, Becky and Ellen that helped me celebrate, I took this photo “long-armed” so that’s why I’m so close. Remember, it was really early in the morning.

girlfriends with my first junonia

 My luck continued. When I got in my car, my all time favorite song on the planet was on the radio- Madonna’s “Holiday”. It was the perfect song and the perfect time.

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice

Everybody spread the word
We’re gonna have a celebration

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Thanks Ellen for that funny video!  I’m feeling so lucky, I’m buying a lotto ticket today.

morning sky with seashells

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