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Snorkeling Sanibel’s Out Islands

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boat beach seashell

We spent hours boating from Fort Myers Beach to the outer islands of Sanibel this weekend. I felt like we were on vacation! The first island we pulled up to I found this nice sized WENTLETRAP…

north cap wentletrap

It was resting in a nest of sea weeds and SARGASSUM.

wentle weeds

Okay, I’ll fess up. Clark and I weren’t really looking for WENTLETRAPS but it was a nice surprise. We were actually looking for a LION”S PAW. “Why”, you ask? Because we wanted to find this LIONS PAW’s brother or sister…. or better yet, the granddaddy!

brian lions paw

It’s a beauty, right? Did you see that all of the knuckles are in tact? Saweeeet! Captain Brian found this awesome LION’S PAW on Cayo Costa on Friday. Is this a happy face or what! Congrats Brian!

captain brian lions paw

So we looked high and low for even a piece of one…

island clark shelling

While on Cayo Costa, we met Anna (Indiana) shelling the beach with a bag full of shells tied to her walking stick…

island sheller Anna

She had a beautiful collection of shells ranging from SAND DOLLARS to that excellent yellow HORSE CONCH.

anna shell collection

Now who wouldn’t be happy with this collection? She found ANGEL WINGS, TRUE TULIPS, TURBANS, a NUTMEG, SHARK’S EYE, LIGHTNING WHELK and a cute twisted WORMIE.

anna seashell arrangement

Clark found one of these live ARROWHEAD SAND DOLLARS floating in the current then saw the other one close by. We have found dead ARROWHEADS before but neither of us has ever seen live ones like this. They are beautiful! Clark put them back in the water right after I snapped this photo to keep them nice and healthy.

live arrowhead sand dollars

Well, we didn’t find  LION”S PAW and the water clarity was a little cloudy but after seeing so many SAND DOLLARS, I put on my mask and snorkel to see what else I could find in the water. Take a few good breaths and get used to the water so you can go on my snorkeling vacation with me. Here we go!

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PS- Next post I’ll show you lots of MANATEES that we saw this weekend! I love those SEA COWS!



Calico Scallop Color Name Game

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calico scallop sea shells

 Each day I’ve been to the beach this week, I look down to see CALICO SCALLOPS. Every shell bag that I peeked into… I saw CALICO SCALLOPS in every color of the rainbow. So I started picking them up too only to get obsessed by analyzing the amazing colors and patterns… then naming each one like every crayon in a box of Crayolas or those cute names they come up with for nail polish colors these days.

Okay, like this one is…

Sanibel Sunburn. See? Haven’t you looked like this at least one time on Sanibel?

Sanibel Sunburn Scallop

 Remember I showed you what the sky looked like last week? This was an easy one… Sanibel Sky

Sanibel sky scallop

 Cold Captiva Creamsicle On A Hot Day…

Captiva creamsicle scallop

I’m Plum Happy…

I'm plum happy scallop

 Sunset Serenade… ( okay this one needs some work)

Sunset serenade scallop

 Girl’s Night Red Wine

girls night wine scallop

First Day Vacation Sunrise…

Vacation Sunrise scallop

Summer Smoothie…

Summer smoothie scallop

 Fiesta Party Nachos…

fiesta picnic scallop

 I’m On Island Time…

Island Time scallop

  Orange Juice With A Splash Of Cranberry On The Rocks

sunbeam scallop

Beach Bon Fire (But since it’s illegal to have a bon fire on Sanibel I think we should call it the… Illegal Sanibel Beach Bon Fire. Ha!)

beach bon fire scallop

 Now this last one really got me tickled. It’s seems like this SCALLOP started out with lots of color power to keep up with the Joneses…. and the First Day Vacation Sunrises…. and the Summer Smoothies but decided just regular old plain was good enough for him (or her). So I couldn’t decide on a name.

How about … Sleep Late. or Lazy Days. or I give up (No really, LOL the name “I give up”.  or Uncle. Plain Yogurt?

You decide!

Lazy Days scallops

Categories : Calico, Scallop
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Precious Things Come With Small Shells

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boy with seashell

I don’t find large WHELK or CONCH shells every day I go out shelling on Sanibel… but I always find something precious.

dallas seashells

It’s always fun to share those precious treasures to see if anybody else might enjoy them as well.

addison seashell beach

Some times it’s the small things I see that makes my day… like these sweet little gems.

seashells in shell

These precious kids inherited their love for shells from their awesome grandmother, Shelling Sister Betty Jo. Her son Spencer is getting married this week on Sanibel so she got to enjoy a beautiful day collecting seashells and memories with her whole family. From left to right… Spencer (the groom), Dallas, Katie (the bride!), Hunter, Suzanne, Sheila, Frank, Mary Jo (recognize that cutie shirt?) Addison,Dayton, Kelly and Stephen. Okay, precious things come in bigger sizes too… like this big beautiful shelling family.

bride groom family shelling

I also met Gidget and Boyd (Tampa) collecting a few goodies.

Gidget Boyd sanibel

I hope you are able to see how gorgeous the colors and the unusual patterns are in this photo of this LETTERED OLIVE Boyd found…

whelk olive

Gidget had her eye on finding CALICO CLAMS, SCALLOP shells and can never resist those sweet little juvenile FIGHTING CONCHS…

calico clam scallops

Since I wasn’t finding the big shells at Blind Pass today, I was happy with looking for the minis so I searched until I found my own precious candy (a juvenile HORSE CONCH).

horsie conch sanibel

…and this perfect summer CALICO SCALLOP in watermelon color.

watermelon calico scallop

Best wishes Spencer and Katie for your upcoming wedding. I couldn’t think of a better way to start your new life together by shellebrating the small wonders of the sea.

shelling sanibel gidget

Oh and PS- the dredge at Blind Pass has been broken for few days (and not the first time) so we might be seeing this big machinery hanging around a little bit longer than expected. This also means that they haven’t opened up the beach to the public yet where the sand is being pumped (west of Bowman’s). I’m ready for this dredging to be over already. This isn’t so “precious”!

dredge sanibel captiva

Categories : Calico, Horse Conch, Olive
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