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2011 Top 10 i Love Shelling Posts

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Bobcat, Decorate with shells, Dolphin, Florida Keys Trip, Junonia, Octopus, Roseate Spoonbill | 23 comments

My Top 10 Most Fave Posts Of 2011! 

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been an amazing year on the beach so I thought I’d look back on all of my favorite posts of 2011. I realized not all of my favorite days were completely about seashells. Some of my favorite days of 2011 have been about the wildlife I’ve experienced because of my obsession (ha!) passion for shelling. So I’m starting with #10 then counting down to my number ONE favorite post. I bet you guess what that will be- heehee. Click on each title or photo to read each post…

#10

Tips To Decorate Your Home with Seashells

Seashell mirror top dmm

#9

Seashells Swarm The Shell Fair

Junonia shell collection

#8

Sorting Seashells For The Holidays

sorting seashells identification

#7

Bobcat On North Captiva Beach

Bobcat on Florida Beach

 #6

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love The Beach

Reasons why I love the beach- sea oats

 #5

Road Trip For Seashells In The Florida Keys

MurexKen with Queen Conch

#4

Splish Splash Sanibel Dolphins Having a Blast

Sanibel Dolphin at sunrise

 #3

An Octopus Hatching Babies Video

octopus eggs hatching

#2

Roseate Spoonbills By Sanibel Causeway Video

Roseate Spoonbill Sanibel

 

 #1 Favorite !!!!!     (Of Course, right?!!!)

There’s A New Super Sheller In Town!

My first junonia aperture

 

These were my favorites, what was your fave iLoveShelling post of 2011?

 

 

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Sun Begins to Set On Sanibel 2011

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Sanibel, Sunsets | 17 comments

sanibel island florida sunset bird

 As the sun begins to set on Sanibel 2011…. beautiful reflections.

sunset sanibel island florida

deep sunset sanibel island florida

orange sunset sanibel florida

 

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Captiva Rocks With Shells

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Sanibel | 23 comments

Blind Pass Captiva Shell pile 122911

 Ahhhhh. The shell pile is back again at Blind Pass Captiva.

Captiva Florida gulf seashells

In less than 5 minutes, here’s what I found….

Collecting captiva seashells

This is what shellers’ dreams are made of.

digging in shell piles Florida

 Sittin’ N Siftin’…

Captiva Shellers

 Finding treasures…

shell bag collection captiva florida

 I also have to point out that crazy cloud in this next photo. It was one big streak that stretched all the way across the sky. No other clouds… just that big tube cloud. My friend Ellen called me and left a message on my phone a few minutes later “Did you see that big crazy cloud in the sky?”.

strange cloud over shellers

I found everything but a CONE to make my Sanibel Six.

bank of seashells Captiva Florida December

 Just to have the shell pile back was good enough for me. Oh how i Love Shelling![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j5sPZSW4_E[/youtube]

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Sanibel Low Tide Golden Sky

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Coffee Bean Trivia, Lined Sea Star, low tide, Sanibel, Sea Pork, sunrise, True tulip, Tulip | 31 comments

Sanibel stoop yellow low tide

Walking out on the beach before sunrise is a special feeling. It has an extra special feeling when it is a very low tide of -1.0 AND it’s Christmas weekend.

collecting seashells flashlight sanibel

I thought my eyes hadn’t focused when I took this next photo of Clark. Whatever happened to it (too early in the morning?)… I’m so glad! It came out like a beautiful impressionist painting…

sunrise sheller watercolor

As the sun was rising near the Sanibel lighthouse, the sky turned golden…

Sanibel lighthouse sunrise yellow

We saw lots of live shells and washed up sea life like this poor LINED STARFISH that took a beating but wouldn’t give up despite losing all of its arms. It survived al of the elements and started growing each of its arms back. What a survivor!

starfish regrow arms

And you thought all SEA PORK was ugly, right? Well look again! This one looks just like an orange with its bright orange peel.

orange peel sea pork

My best find was this rich in color nice sized TRUE TULIP…

True tulip sanibel lighthouse

Clark had the find of the day with this WAY cool tiny shell I have never identified before. It’s a COFFEE BEAN TRIVIA

coffee bean trivia sanibel florida

coffee bean trivia aperture finger

Coffee bean trivia finger

We both tried to rub off those brown smudges…HA! Silly us, those brown spots are part of the shell! That would be like trying to rub off the spots off a JUNONIA or SCOTCH BONNET. Silly!

coffee bean trivia Niveria pediculus

coffee bean trivia Niveria pediculus aperture

Hmmmm…. whaddaya think? Look like coffee beans to you?

Sanibel coffee beans

Sanibel photographer sunrise

 

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Merry Christmas From i Love Shelling And The Elite Three

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Christmas, Sanibel, Sanibel Elite Three Seashells | 31 comments

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