It’s hot on Sanibel Island in August and September so its the time of year when I try to organize the Rambo Shellaboratory by sorting shells we’ve collected in the past months and try to find room to display them. For months, our shells and bling we found in Okinawa, Japan sat on our dining room table while I tried to find the time to photograph and research all of the ones we couldn’t identify. I even wanted to do another post about the beach bling we found (like Buzz Lightyear, Jeanne!) but life happens and things get away from me when we return from a big trip like that. So now that its scorching hot during the day, I feel like staying in the air conditioning so I can enjoy the shells we’ve already collected instead of collecting more. Today I added a few shelves in the Shellaboratory so we can enjoy looking at our loot and share those precious memories Clark and I had while combing the beaches on that far away land we explored for weeks. I love it!
If you were keeping up with the weather on Sanibel, we’ve been watching Tropical Storm Erika in the Caribbean since we were in her path for a few days. Since we live on an island, we pay close attention when we are in the pathway for any named storm, but fortunately Erika fell apart and is no longer threatening us. That’s not to say that we don’t have some wicked skies…
Clark and I only got a few minutes on the beach before we heard thunder in the distance but we did find one or two treasures.
This morning I went to Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach to see if anything washed up. I ran into Tam Tam and Don shelling along the pier side of the beach.
They found some awesome shells! Tammy posted this photo on iLoveShelling Facebook page of her incredible LIGHTNING WHELK and this very cool medium sized HORSE CONCH.
And best of all…. Kristen (instagram @_salt_life_ ) found a JUNONIA at Lighthouse Beach! Shellzam! She tagged this photo on iLoveShelling Instagram page. Congratshellations Kristen, it beautiful!
We should have still have some really bad weather this week so I will probably still be “seeking shellter” by sorting and being a Shellab Rat but if I have any news on shells coming in from this weather, I’ll let you know!
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You have got to remember the Tweezer Sisters. No? They call themselves the Sanibel Sisters but let me refresh your memory…. I originally met these gals at the lighthouse picking up mini shells with huge 14 inch tweezers and I then featured them on my post Full Moon Tweezers. They were back on the island (from CA) last week and I got to see all the shells they collected….. and organized.
I can’t tell you how jealous I was to see how tidy these girls were with their shell finds.
Can you believe all of the minis? And when I say minis…. I mean teeny, tiny minis….These are HORSE CONCHS just out of a dehydrated EGG CASING.
Want to see just how small these little guys are? Well, I’d say …only as big as Lincoln’s nose.
How about this tiny baby SEA URCHIN! Is there anything cuter?
More baby seashells and URCHIN SPINES….
Take a look at the tools they have for picking and cleaning shells. This is quite an operation!
Even more boxes of collected, cleaned, dried and organized shells….
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. There’s another Tweezer Sister in the making. Taylor is Sanibel Sister Judith’s adorable granddaughter with her own handy tweezers in hand with her shells that she collected….. and organized, of course.
So who are these amazing gals I got to hang out with? Linda, Judith, Debbie and Brenna- The Sanibel Tweezer Sisters.