Archive for December, 2012

Dec
31

2012 Top 10 i Love Shelling Posts

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It’s that time again to look back on our fabulous year of shelling! After revisiting each blog post of 2012, it was hard to narrow down the 10 best days on the beach this year because I met so many incredible shellers, saw so many beautiful seashells, witnessed amazing sea life and learned so much about the world of shells. Counting down from #10 to #1, click on each title or photo to see the final fave days of the year. I hope they are your faves too!

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#10 

2012 New Year Brings BIG Shells! 

Clark 13 inch whelk horse conch knobless wonder

#9

Wedding Gift Of The Sea 

sean danita 15 inch conch

#8

Calico Scallop Color Name Game 

calico scallop sea shells

#7

Buckets Of Seashells On Sanibel From Tropical Storm Debbie

tropical storm debby seashells

#6

How To Find Wentletrap Shells On Sanibel 

different wentletraps

#5

i Love Shelling After A Storm!  

Sanibel Shell collectors florida

#4

I Saw A Sawfish 

sawfish gulf coast

#3

Our Adventures Of Collecting Seashells In Thailand 

Rawaii Beach Phuket Thailand

#2

Fishing For True Tulips At Sanibel Pier

seashells by sanibel fishing pier

#1

Queen For The Day

pam rambo queen helmet shell

 

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Dec
30

Blind Pass Changes Again!

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seashells of captiva

Do you remember that shellacious shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva I showed you on yesterday’s post “As The Seashell Piles Turn“? If those photos of the changes in the beach knocked your socks off yesterday…  hold on to your flip flops today. It’s now gone. Wiped clean. Covered with sand. Goodbye shells.

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Both yesterday and today, I took these photos at low tide in the morning about the same time.  All these changes happened within 24 hours! But the good news is… the shells shifted to the other side of the jetty rocks. Crazy! Look at the change for yourself on this video.

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The hide-n-seek seashells couldn’t hide from Lauren and Jesse from Atlanta.

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This BANDED TULIP was Jesse’s fave shell along with a few other beauties…

jesse seashells florida

I had to giggle at Rhonda from PA (lots of shellers from PA lately!!) sittin’ ‘n siftin’ in a wet suit while the waves brought the shells to her. It was 45 degrees this morning!!! Seashells or Bust!

rhonda captiva seashells wetsuit

Then I heard a voice behind me that said “Shello, Pam!” LOL It was Mike Ryan again. Remember he found that beautiful SEA FAN the other day?

mike ryan lady in waiting venus

The shore was peppered with LADY-IN-WAITING VENUS CLAMS so he was picking them up and so was I. They aren’t uncommon to find on our beaches but it was amazing to both of us that there were thousands. I don’t know… errr… maybe hundreds… whatever, there were oooodles of them washed up.

lady in waiting venus seashells

venus clam sand captiva

My fave of the day was this dark brown LACE MUREX…

dark brown lace murex

This is always a special find since we rarely find this blackish dark brown “LACIE”.

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I couldn’t wait to show you the changes today but check in with me again tomorrow because I’m working on the 2012 top 10 iLoveShelling days to finish out the year before we move on to 2013. Wow. Another year is about to begin. It’s gonna be a good one!

Dec
29

As The Seashell Pile Turns

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excavating seashells

 The shell pile at Blind Pass is growing bigger and bigger by the day. Literally!  I saw cutie Shelling Sisters Martha, Janet and Lois sifting through the millions of KITTENS PAWS and ARKS to find OLIVES, WHELKS and CONCHS. Check out Martha’s Tank and Lois’ cap! Adorable!

martha janet lois

 Look how high this shell pile is now.

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I know I’ve shown the changes in the beach at Blind Pass Captiva before but …it blows my mind how dramatic the changes can be in one month. Here is exactly one month ago November 29…

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Then I took this photo on December 5…

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Then on December 18…

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December 22…

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December 23…

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Then again today December 29…

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Isn’t that wild? So the next time you step foot on the beach at Blind Pass Captiva, you will probably see drastic changes as well and will probably find different shells than you did before. That’s what keeps it interesting!

seashelling captiva

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments on my photos on the last post Sanibel Sunrise Whekcome Mat ! In the last photo on that post, I showed a girl with a bucket bending down to inspect a shell while the sun was rising, remember? I looooved her perfect Sanibel Stoop. Well I saw her again at Blind Pass today! Here is Alexa with her mom Laurey from PA (too).

alexa laurey seashelling

PS- As I write this post, the wind has shifted from east winds to strong north west winds gusting up to 20 mph. Yippee! That’s a good sign that even more shells might be pushed on to our beaches and that this nice shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva will be staying for a few more days.

 

 

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