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Skies Of Blue, Seashells In View

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seashells and salty air

Skies of blue with seashells in view.

Assortment of shells from Big Hickory

Snorkeling clear water,

snorkeling Lee County Florida

Miss SAND DOLLAR, yep, he got her!

sand dollar in clear water

Sarah, Tamara and Jay (CT) snorkeled, stooped and combed the beaches of Big Hickory Island on our iLoveShelling adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises this week. (Sarah- Im so dang sorry I caught you with your eyes closed… but even with your eyes closed you’re a cutie!)

Sarah Tamara Jay CT snorkel and beachcomb Florida island

They found some awesome seashells and beach bling treasures.

shells and sand dollars collected in SW Florida

Meg from WI found a nice shellection (second photo from the top).

Meg WI find shells in clear blue water of sw Florida

Bill and Lisa from Ohio…

Lisa Bill Ohio on Rambo shelling trip

Showed me their shell faves that included a ROSE PETAL TELLIN, SUNRAY VENUS, WHELKS, CORAL, OLIVES and a sweet little “candy corn” HORSE CONCH.

Bill and Lisa's shells from Florida shelling day trip

Michele and Kendall from Wisconsin …

Michele Kendall WI find shells on Florida shelling trip

had some great faves too- ALPHABET CONE, SHARKS EYE, SAND DOLLAR, TULIP, CONCHS, WHELKS and a gorgeous little MAUVE MOUTH DRILL.

great shell finds lee county florida

Bea from Seminole, FL had lots of luck with the ROSE PETAL TELLINS and also found a sweet BROAD PAPER COCKLE ;).

Seminole Bea collects shells on Florida island

This is so cool… Linda and Diane just happen to sit beside each other on the boat ride over to the island and found out that they only lived about 10 minutes from each other in Massachusetts. And… they had worked at the same company, knew all the same people and had the same routine. Omigosh- How cool that they met on a shelling trip in Florida!
Linda and Diane from MA met shelling in Florida
Malease from Ft Lauderdale…

Malease Ft Lauderdale with shells

found an exshellent assortment of shells too. Notice that she found a few SHARKS EYES (some are buried under the other shells too) but that one on bottom right has that SNAIL FUR on it. It’s funny how often we see that on Big Hickory.

Malease shells from shelling trip to Big Hickory Island

Brad, Beau, Gillian, Sand, Kathy and Hayley (New Mexico) found some awesome shells too.

New Mexico Brad, Beau, Gillian, Sand, Kathy, Hayley on Florida shelling cruise

Brad found a nice ALPHABET CONE, Beau and Hayley found some huge chunks of CORAL and everyone found WORMIES!

coral pieces worm shells and conchs in sw florida

It was an abshellutely gorgeous day!

Sea Shell tour boat with Pam Rambo i Love Shelling

shellers on big hickory

Its so much fun to see so many familiar faces and as Linda and Diane met each other, its nice for me to meet new shelling friends as well.. like Cynthia.

pam rambo i love shelling with Cynthia on shelling adventure

Just another reason why i Love Shelling!

i heart shells and turquoise nails

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Calm, Cool and Collecting Shells

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sand dollar with shell bracelet

Another day, another fabshellous SAND DOLLAR on our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises yesterday.

boating to shelling destination in Florida

It was a blast and an amazingly calm, beautiful day to hunt for shells.

collecting shells in Bonita Florida

family time on the beach

Patti Goodwin (Nova Scotia) found a perfect SAND DOLLAR just moments of stepping on the beach.  That’s her SAND DOLLAR in the first photo with the shell bracelet similar to mine. We both go them from the Sealife By Congress line at Congress Jewelers. Love it!

Pat Goodwin with sand dollar

Erin (Chicago) had great luck with ANGEL WINGS and WORM SHELLS…

Erin from Chicago found angel wings on the beach

angel wings coquinas worm shells

It was so much fun to meet Megan H and her dad Peter (Illinois) after reading many of her comments here on iLS. Such a lovely time hanging out with you!

Megan H, Peter from Illinois collecting shells in sw FL


beach finds from sw florida

I’m always thrilled to meet such great shelling families who enjoy being out on the beach together exploring. Fredrik, James, Michael and Jinny from VA were such a treat to talk with and shell with.
Fredrik, James, Michael, Jinny from VA find shells in FL

I was so happy to see that they loose to collect minis. Can you see how big that TUSK SHELL is in James’ hand? He even found a WENTLETRAP!

collecting tusk shells

We had lots of other families too. Like cutie shellooties Pearl and Becca from Sarasota.

Becca and Pearl find shells in sw fl

Marlene, Max, Emily and Ryan found a few keepers too.

Marlene, Max, Emily, Ryan on shelling boat

Charles, Ava, Andrea and Charlotte came to Southwest Florida from Ohio to enjoy a little shelling…

Charles, Ava, Andrea and Charlotte from Ohio enjoy shelling cruise

So happy Liam, Rosamary, Jillian and Mike drove from north Florida to join us on our shelling adventure…

Liam, Rosamary, Jillian, Mike north Florida

Liam and Jillian have quite the shell eye. I wish I had shown a little more of Liam’s LACE MUREX (it’s just peaking out in between the OLIVES and WORMIE)- it’s gorgeous!

seashells crab shells and sea pearl

Teresa, Reagan, Daniel and Mark were visiting from Kentucky to have some fun shelling.

Teresa, Reagan, Daniel, Mark from KY find shells in sw fl

Reagan is another Shelling Sister that loves JINGLES and aqua nail polish (I do too, Reagan!).

jingle shells and aqua nails

So good to see Tim and Mary again as well…

Tim, Mary find shells on salty sms cruise

Time showed me a few of his favorite finds of the day and I couldn’t help but notice his SHARKS EYE had a rough texture on the surface.

shells and sand dollars found

A little closer look at it… Aha- That’s SNAIL FUR! SNAIL FUR ( Hydractinia echinata) is a HYDROID (related to JELLYFISH) that forms on shells that have HERMIT CRABS occupying them. Hmmm, I wonder why? I’ve never been able to get it completely off a SHARKS EYE shell without it looking scared but it’s kinda cool just to know what it is that coats SHARKS EYES because I normally don’t see SNAIL FUR on many other type shells.

sharks eye shell with snail fur hydroid Hydractinia echinata

But anyway, there were other shells that we found that will clean up beautifully!

seashells in a circle

It was an amazing day on the beach combing and collecting in the cool, blue, calm waters surrounding Big Hickory Island on our Sight Sea-R shelling cruise.

cool calm and collecting

And of course each passenger on this iLoveShelling Adventure received a $25 gift certificate to Congress Jewelers-  Yahoo!


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flip flops and seashells

I always flip flop when I try to decide which I like better… SAND DOLLARS or ANGEL WING shells.

sand dollars and angel wing shells

Some of the lucky shellers on our iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises found both!

iLoveShelling Shelling trip on Sight Sea R Cruises

They were mixed in with WORM SHELLS and double SUNRAY VENUS shells too.

seashells found on big hickory island, florida on sight sea-r cruise

Loved hanging out with Shannon and Mark from Minnesota. The were happy to find their first ANGEL WINGS…

Shannon Mark MN on Big Hickory Island Florida beach

Lookie at these cutie shellooties Ellen, Paige, Melissa and Gail from Oregon all dressed up in their iLS gear. Love these shelling sisters!

Ellen, Melissa, Paige and Gail OR beach comb Florida

It so much fun to see so many familiar faces like cutie Mary. She was finding lots of perfectly dried HORSESHOE CRABS and WORM SHELLS.

Mary finds horseshoe crabs

Awwww and Michelle had her FLAT SCALLOP necklace on again to bring back lots of fun memories. She brought her sister Patti this time too so it was so much fun to hear their shelling stories together.

Patti Michelle shelling on Big Hickory Island

Michelle found a nice ALPHABET CONE to go along with her ANGEL WINGS and other BEACH BLING.

beach find faves for the day

I met another set of sisters Lyn and Lucy from Iowa at my Shellography Photography opening earlier in the week so it was so good to see them again.

lyn lucy iowa on shelling cruise

Lyn loves the minis too so these were her faves. This was the first time that I’ve seen anybody find a MORTON’S EGG COCKLE (bottom left of the ROSE PETAL TELLIN) on Big Hickory Island. Hmmmmm…. I know what I’ll be looking for next time I’m there!

mortons egg cockle, rose petal tellins, dusky cone, worm shells

Gary and Pam (Hi Pam!) found their first ANGEL WINGS too.

Pam and Gary find angel wings on Big Hickory Island

Along with Kathy and Bob from Mayaka, Florida…

kathy bob from mayaka, florida find angel wing shells

Who’s cute flip flops were those in the first photo? They were Linda’s! She and Jay from Cape Coral found those SAND DOLLARS, ANGEL WINGS and that big LIGHTNING WHELK in the high tide wrack line.

Linda Jay Cape Coral found sand dollars angel wings

Since Linda was afraid she was going to break her SAND DOLLAR before she got back on the boat, she saw Sight Sea-R’s Captain Phil combing the beach and checking the water conditions. He offered to “baby sit” her SAND DOLLAR to get it back to the boat in one piece. So nice! I guess he was her Shell Bank- a place to keep her DOLLARS safe.

Salty Sam's Captain Phil finds shells beach combing

My friend Robin Draper from Authentic Florida was on our cruise too along with her husband Mike. Woohoo! We might be seeing an article about this shelling adventure soon- if we do, I’ll post it here when she sends a link.

Robin Draper and Mike beach combing on shelling cruise

As on every iLoveShelling cruise, each passenger received an awesome $25 gift certificate from my fave jewelry store on Sanibel… Sealife By Congress (inside Congress Jewelers). They are fabshellous to the shelling community!

Congress gift certificate

It was such a fun day meeting so many incredishell shellers and hanging with so many familiar faces. I’m over the MOON SHELL.

gaudy nautica on southwest florida beach


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