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Wings Of Angel Shells On Big Hickory

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 15 comments

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Shelling isn’t complicated. It’s the most relaxing activity one can do while on the beach.

angelwing shell in sand

Just walk along the shoreline and pick up a few seashells that you think are pretty. That’s it. So that’s exactly what we did yesterday along the beach of Big Hickory Island yesterday when we all found handfuls of ANGEL WING shells.

angel wing shells

Okay, I have to admit though…  it adds so much fun when you hop on a boat like the Sight Sea-R to go to explore a secluded island for shells!

boat for seashells

It’s so much fun to meet other amazing shellers like cutie shellootie Gretchen who made a new SEA STAR friend as well. After saying hello and learning how to tell if they are still alive, Gretchen gently placed her new SEA STAR friend back into the water and wished it a good long life.

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Along the way of enjoying this spectacular sunny day,  Peter and Alex (Connecticut) found a few keepers to put in their shell bag.

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Thank goodness Peter found a couple of ALPHABET CONES- thats all he looks for…  so I’d say he was successful.

alphabet cones

Can you believe the color of that water?  Theresa and Russ (soon to be Cape Coral ;)) …

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found an ALPHIE, SAND DOLLAR and a few other souvenirs to remember our fab day together.

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How can ya not have a good time hanging out with folks like Susan from Toronto? Really, we’re all just wanting the same thing- enjoy the outdoors and find a few good memories along the way.

happy sheller

She found her first ALPHABET CONE.

shell in blue sea

Lori and Glenn (Iowa) had luck finding an ALPHABET CONE too. They are so darn cute!

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seashells on red net

Ellen (Shellin’ Ellen) and Roger (VA) had their own luck beside them.

shellers on tour

Sweet!

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It was an incredibly gorgeous day to hunt for shells while in the water like local sheller Candy and her snorkeling sister Megan visiting from Pennsylvania.

snorkeling bonita springs

Thank you for coming out with us Angela, Sarah and Stacy (Maine) – next time we are gonna do a little SHARKS EYE dance together. hahashellers on shell tour

I think we were happy like Mike and Linda from New Hampshire to have this gorgeous day to hunt for shells. The water was soooo amazing.

big hickory shellers

Bob and Nancy from Houston are newbie shellers who found a lot of new shells for their list… but the best shell being this colorful little DUSKY CONE. i love those little shells.

dusky cone shell

So this is why I love days like this more than anything…. I looked over to see Diana from Illinois sharing her ANGEL WINGS with some of the other shellers that she didn’t even know. That’s so sweet! So when I found out that Carolyn, Roda, Bev and Lynette were part of Sanibel Shell Crafters, it meant even more that she was sharing her treasures with them. They donate so many hours to shell crafting they are such givers as well. It’s really so simple- share the shelling joy.

shelling tour beach combers

Diana kept a few of her gorgeous miniature shells like just two ANGEL WINGS, ROSE PETAL TELLINS, WORM SHELLS, COQUINAS and even quite a few branches of CORAL. I loved her collections so much, you can see I photographed them in the first photo- so pretty!

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It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and joy from a boat full a beautiful folks.

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New Dates For iLoveShelling Beachcombing Adventures

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Beachy Shell Stuff, Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 11 comments

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Check out our new dates! I’d love to meet all of you shellers out there so let’s meet up for a boating adventure to an Out-Island of Sanibel to have an amazing time together…

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Join us for a fabulous and fun shelling day by making your reservations now –  CLICK HERE!

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We not only find a great time… we find all sorts of seashells and beach bling.

beautiful shells found on iLoveShelling shelling trip

And smiles a mile wide.

Girl finds gifts from the sea on the beach of Cayo Costa

Bonus!

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Boating and Beach Combing in Bonita Springs

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sea Life, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 9 comments

Alphabet cone sea shells with whelk and nutmeg

It’s not easy to find ALPHABET CONES on a regular shelling day but Nicolene and Andrew from Wisconsin found these 3 (check out the one in the middle- perfect lip!) along with some other amazing shells at Big Hickory Island on our iLoveShelling Adventure with Sight Sea-R Cruises.

Nicolene Andrew Wisconsin with alphabet cone

Holy Cowrie! Look at this ALPHABET CONE!

beach combing shells in big hickory

Yes it lost most of the color patterns… but who cares… Its shellmongus! But don’t let that over shadow so many of the other exshellent finds.

seashells Big Hickory

Linda was also a happy girl while combing this beach.

Linda from NY visits sw Florida for seashells

Yep, she found an ALPHIE too but just to find so many other different species of shells makes for a day to remember.

shell and beach bling found with iLoveShelling

It was so much fun to meet you, Kerstin (from Germany) and also “see” you on Instagram.

Kersten from Germany visits Florida for sea shells

Apparently we have the same taste in shells and bling because she collected cool SEA BEANS, FALSE ANGEL WINGS, WORMIES, BUTTERCUPS, sweet SCALLOPS and that GAUDY NATICA.

shells and sea beans collecting in Florida with Pam Rambo

Terri (Indiana) couldn’t wait to sort through her beach finds when we got back on the boat.

Terri Indiana with shells

A few of her favorite finds. Love that TINTED CANTHARUS.

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Have you ever seen a cutie little GAUDY NATICA that teeny tiny? Debbie (Indiana) has got an eagle eye to have spotted that.

Debbie from indiana find seashells in sw florida

Her teeny tiny PEAR WHELK might be just as cute too (and ROSE TELLINS!).

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So good to see you again on such a nice day, Carol and Phil.

Carol Phil on shelling tour

Seeing your mini shells placed in your SURF CLAM shell seriously made my day. Love it!

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Talk about making my day… Dee and Lou! I always say that shellers are the nicest folks on the planet. It’s true. And they are at the top of the list.

sea shellers Dee and Lou grammy

So this is THE “Maureen” and Mark from Kentucky. This THE Maureen who won my CANVAS JUNONIA SHELLOGRAPH! Remember that giveaway (CLICK HERE)? Well, as soon as we stepped on the boat she told me that she had been the lucky winner. So much fun to finally meet you Maureen and congrats again!!!

maureen mark KY find shells and bling

I met Penny from England 2 years ago on another iLS trip and I learned about shells from The Channel Islands. It’s always so much fun to learn about shells around the world – thank you again Penny. So much fun to see you again (I love my KITTENS PAW – meow).

Penny from England find shells visiting Florida

I could have talked beachcombing, books and bling with Susan, Marion and Mike from England (more awesome Brits!) on the whole boat ride back to the dock after seeing their loot. Kindred spirits.

shellers susan marion mike from england

As always, each passenger on this and all iLoveShelling cruises received a $25 gift certificate from Congress Jewelers  (formerly Sealife By Congress) to use in their store. Thank you Congress Jewelers for being so generous with the iLoveShelling community!

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I wish I could share all of the amazing things that happen on these trips. I tried to get a shot of about 6 DOLPHINS jumping and playing in the water right beside our boat. This splash is the best that I could get… but I hope you can imagine and feel like you were there. It was wild!

dolphin jumping on florida cruise

I’m still working on new shelling adventure dates for February through May but I have December and January dates still available- to join us CLICK HERE.

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A beautiful Boat Ride To a Beautiful Day on the Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 16 comments

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These three awesome ALPHABET CONES were found by Shawn and Dawn (Jacksonville) along with so many other incredishell finds on our Sight Sea-R Cruise to Big Hickory Island this week. Shellzam!

Shawn and Dawn Jax find shells and sand dollars

Everybody had smiles on their faces like Stephanie, Sydney, Lyndey and Carley (Mississippi) as soon as the boat pulled up on the beach.

Stephanie, Sydney, Lyndey, Carley MS collecting shells and sand dollars

More smiling faces like Kristin, Kathy and Nathan from Fargo.

Kristin, Kathy and Nathan (Fargo) beachcombing Florida

There were plenty of FARGO WORM SHELLS to take back to Fargo- heehee.

Fargo worm shell in seashell pile on Florida beach

Ken and Abigail (from Dallas) were thrilled to see and learn about the live mollusks like this live LIGHTNING WHELK Abigail found in the water. We snapped this photo then Abigail gently put it back in the water where she found it.

Ken and Abigail Dallas find beautiful shells in Florida

Isabella, John and Carrie from Colorado found another live WHELK too! It is always so much fun to see these gorgeous living creatures for just a second to have such an appreciation for them and learn about them then to return them to their natural habitat.

Isabella, John, Carrie CO collecting shells in Florida

Isabella has been a collector for years so she didn’t take all of the empty shells she found… but she did keep a few of her favorites. I do the same thing Isabella, it was so nice to hang out with you!

Isabella seashells

Its always so nice to gather together a bunch of shellers on these iLoveShelling trips because I get to meet so many nice families like Marsha, Paul, Raymond, Lauren, Gary, Robin and Betty from North Carolina.

Marsha, Paul, Raymond, Lauren, Gary, Robin and Betty NC seashelling Florida

They all found treasures they will forever remember.

Florida sand dollars and alphabet cones

So many beautiful families on our trip. So lovely to talk to Nathan, Chris, Matthew and Sarah (KY).  Happy Birthday Nathan!

Nathan, Chris, Matthew and Sarah KY beachcombing Florida

Look at their beach combing loot! Pretty good birthday, right?

Beach finds on Florida shelling trip

Sarah not only went for the bigger shells, but also enjoys the minis. I always love to see the mini shells- it makes my heart happy. Sweetness.

miniature shells found on shelling trip

The water was so crystal clear, snorkeling was a blast. Cassie and Jolie were like fish!

Cassie and Jolie snorkeling Florida

Local sheller Darla was so happy to find oodles of perfect white shells for shell crafting a frame. Have fun Darla- I love that too!

Darla finds seashells for frame shell crafts

Orange you glad you went on this trip Lisa (TX)? Her whole bag was filled with orange shells! She found orange JINGLES, SLIPPERS, CALICO SCALLOPS, ROUGH SCALLOPS, BAY SCALLOPS, CONCHS, WORM SHELLS and more. Fun!

Lisa TX collecting orange beach finds

Mother daughter shellers Penny and Carolyn (also from Texas) were so much to talk to as well.

Penny, Carolyn TX shelling trip

They found some fabulous shells with such striking patterns.

Florida sea shells from beach combing trip

We saw so much wildlife on the boat ride to the island… MANATEES, DOLPHINS, STINGRAYS and we even passed by a kayaker telling in and catching a REDFISH. So cool!

Kayaker catching a redfish

It was a perfect boat ride to a perfect day on the beach with an awesome group of people.

Florida Angel wing shells with purple railroad vine flower

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Calm, Cool and Collecting Shells

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 15 comments

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

Her favorites from the trip include a SAND DOLLAR, ROSE PETAL TELLIN, ANGEL WINGS, KEYHOLE LIMPET, MAUVE MOUTH DRILL and a BUTTON SHELL.

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 Flop Between Sand Dollars and Angel Wings

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Angel Wing, Big Hickory Island, Bonita Beach, Bonita Out Islands, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, False Angel Wing, Sand Dollar, Sight Sea-R Cruises Shelling Boat | 11 comments

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.

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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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