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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Shellebrate Hound-O-Ween

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Halloween | 16 comments

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

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Fiddler Crab, Invasion of the Fiddler Crabs | 26 comments

fiddler crab purple

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

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The Calm After The Storm

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Blue Heron, low tide, Sanibel, sunrise | 46 comments

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

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Alphabet Cone, Coral, Horse Conch, Junonia, Lion's Paw, Sanibel, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells, sea glass, True tulip, Tulip, Worm Shell | 23 comments

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

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My Shell Cup Runneth Over

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in Lion's Paw, Sanibel | 39 comments

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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