Shells. Shells. And more shells!
We had quite an iLoveShelling adventure on our Captiva Cruises shelling trip to Cayo Costa because the strong winds made the low tide way lower than predicted. It was so low the boat couldn’t make it through the channel to go to our regular dock sooooo… Captains Kelly and Elliot made the decision to take us to another part of the island. It was so awesome!
Some times ya just gotta go where the wind blows. I think we would have been happy where ever we landed but it turned out this beach was loaded with huge COCKLES and double ALTERNATE TELLINS…
And BABY’S EARS!
And perfectly dried STARFISH in the highest driest wrack line.
There were large piles of shells to just plop down to do the Sit N Sift …
And areas around the tree roots where lots of shells collected.
It was so much fun to meet other shellers who were so excited to see other people finding shells too. I don’t think any of these gals came together on this trip but ended up gathering around and oohing and ahhhhing at each others shell finds. This is the best!
It was also so much fun to see my Instagram family @dendill on the boat. Y’all are so dang cute!
So many cool shellers finding cool shells…
What an adventure! The wind calmed down as quickly as it came in and the day was gorgeous. It was so much fun to be able to share it with these peeps.
Muriel, you make me smile, Shelling Sister. :)
Oh wait! And yes, we also found double FALSE ANGEL WINGS!
Mark found his first ANGEL WING as well…
Then when we got back to the boat, he showed me the shell his wife Sonya found… a BABYS EAR. But OMG not just any BABYS EAR…. she found a BROWN MACULATED BABYS EAR! Shellzam!
So cool to see so many different varieties of shells found…
Beautiful displays of faves on the boat.
That’s the beauty of shelling…. everybody sees something different and everybody thinks different things are beautiful. I was one of the last people to pass by this shell pile to find this LIGHTNING WHELK was still there for the picking’. Click on this next photo for a little CYBERSHELLING – did ya see it right away?
i Love Shelling on Cayo Costa. ;)
I love to learn about creatures that live in the sea and see some of their astonishing growth patterns that make up their shells like this frilly ORCHID MUREX. On the other hand, I love to see how human creative minds take those beautiful shells and build a feast for the eyes with yet another beautiful structure.
Beautiful beach treasures turned into beautiful works of art.
This is why I love to go to shell shows…. the scientific exhibits give us a looking glass to learn more about the life of mollusks and the history of our world through different aspects.
Then the artist in me can’t wait to see the creative inspirations made of shells and beach bling in the artistic exhibits. They are mind blowing beautiful so its the best of both worlds.
I’m proud to say that not only was I a judge this year in the Sarasota Shell Show for the artistic displays last weekend… but Clark was the second judge in the artistic categories! Yay Super Sheller Clark! It was an honor to judge next to him.
Both judges got to choose an exhibit for “Judge’s Special Merit Award” so my ribbon went to this spectacsheller “Paisley” by Caryl Renz
Clark gave his Judge’s Special Merit Award to “Ruby Slippers Redefined” by Heather O’Keefe.
There were so many fabshellous works of art for all to enjoy.
It was a treat to meet for the first time some of the artists who created these exceptional art exhibits… like Mary Ella Marra.
Donna Timmerman with her beautiful crochet necklace.
Suzanne Dietsch with her Sailors Valentine.
It was also so much fun to meet and hang out with other shellers like Lee Ann and Dale from Bradenten who were enjoying the exhibits just as much as we were.
And Eva and Chris from Palmetto. We all have so much in common.
It all starts with having the same love of the sea….
Thank you Donna, Nancy, Sally and the whole Sarasota Shell Club for inviting Clark and me to be a special part of your show- we both feel honored.
In the last two weeks, we’ve seen lots of beaches in southwest Florida covered in shells. We’ve also seen some of those treasure filled beaches swept back in to the Gulf Of Mexico just as quickly as they came in. But on Big Hickory Island, we were still finding all sorts of cool loot stretched out from one wrack line to another.
We were on our iLoveShelling seashell adventure on the Sight Sea-R!
So when we get a boat load of fun shellers together…
we all find super fabshellous stuff.
And super fabulous new friends…
Not only did our group find ROSE PETAL TELLINS…
FALSE ANGEL WINGS and FALLEN ANGEL WINGS…
We found a few WENTLETRAPS too…
Oh yea…. ALPHABET CONES!
Then there’s this ball of CRYSTAL she found on the beach …
Wow! We had a geologist on the boat who said this may be hundreds of millions of years old.
And there’s Helen’s good fortune…. she found a super, SUPER fabulous shell. She found a LIONS PAW!
When ya have lots of other awesome super dooper shellers that gather around to show appreciation for this sweet find, it’s even more fun than ever to be a beach comber.
Not sure how it gets better than this.
Oh wait… Gifts. Thats what is even better. I give lots of little gifts to each passenger on our iLoveShelling cruises along with Congress Jewelers!
PS- Clark and I are judges in the Sarasota Shell Show this weekend February 3-5 so if you’re around, stop by and say “hi”. We’ll probably be there most of the day on Saturday and Sunday morning as well. Its a fantastic show!
Oh yea… and another PS- While I’m in Sarasota, Shell Love Bug will be at ArtFest Fort Myers this weekend if ya wanna stop by to see her. CLICK HERE for more scheduled tour dates.
What a beautiful sight to see!
Cayo Costa loaded with shells this week.
OLIVES and SHARKS EYE
and WHELKS , Oh my!
Exciting finding a beach buck
on shallow water bars… what luck.
Oooh how we swoon
over GAUDY NATICA moons
Blue skies and calm water swells
Make it easy to find mini shells.
SEASTARS with new arms
Smiles with lotsa charms
It doesn’t get much better than these cuties
With soooo many shell-looties!!!!
Our iLoveShelling Adventure was such a blast
Catch our next Captiva Cruise before its passed.
Heeehee- just felt like a little rhyme time today…. But seriously, we had so much fun and I’ve got new dates for iLoveShelling cruises! Check them out CLICK HERE