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Shellebrating Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Island Inn, Lettered Olive, Olive, Sanibel Hotels, Sanibel Seashells Surf Video, Video | 19 comments

Beach combing on shell filled Sanibel shore line

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to breathe the salty air with a walk along the shell filled beach at the Island Inn this morning.

Seashell beach on Sanibel Island

I didn’t collect many shells today because I just wanted to hear the ocean sounds, smell the beach, feel the sea breeze and to see the amazing view. Sanibel beach with lots of shells

… And give a little thanks to Mother Earth for this paradise I call home on Earth Day.

shells on the beach with cloudy skies

I asked Lynn from Charleston, SC if she had found any treasures and she replied with “Every single shell on this beach is a treasure”.

Lynn visit Sanibel from SC to find shells

I feel the same Lynn!

purple scallops and cone shell in netted bag

John from Rhode Island plopped right now in the water and waves where he was finding all sorts of treasures. He found an amazing live purple FIGHTING CONCH that he gently put back in the water to live a healthy life after we all admired it.

John visits Sanibel from RI finds conch shell

After this little SEA STAR said “Hello” then waved “Good Bye”, the surf washed in and took her right back out to sea. Hmmm… Or maybe she was saying “Raise your hand if you Love Shelling!”

Raise you hand if you Love Shelling along with Sunny Sea Star

This OLIVE shell was playing “Hide ‘N Seek” with me.

Olive among sea shells and waves

A beautiful treasure may be right in front of you but if you don’t appreciate it when you can, it may disappear in a moment. Always keep your eye on the ball… well, in this case… the SHELL. ;) [youtube]https://youtu.be/G3l8eKwuhXE[/youtube]

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Shellabaloo Shell Adventure Is Shellsational

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Island Inn, Leal's Wentletrap, Sanibel Hotels, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6, Wentletrap | 20 comments

cathy's shellabaloo shells first hours

Shellzam! Shellabaloo 6 at the Island Inn Sanibel Beachfront Resort has been awesome…

Travis shells in purple bucket

Everybody found some abshellutely beautiful shells…

seashells found at Shellabaloo 6 Jan 2015

We have had sooooooo much fun together!

Shellabaloo shellers having fun on the beach

We’ve been stooping for shells in the water…

sanibel stoop for shells

Stooping for shells on the beach…

Elaine stooping for shells at Shellabaloo

Scooping for shells with nets and shelling backhoes…

Scooping for shells on Sanibel

Sifting for shells…

Sifting for shells on Sanibel

We’ve seen live shells…

live fighting conch mollusks on sand bar

We’ve seen live starfish and other bling…

two starfish on a shell

But there are the special moments each and every time I gather Shellabaloo groups together… This time it was when Katherine (from Virginia) found a shellicious honey hole and wanted to share it with the rest of our group.

katherine found lots of shells

I peeked inside her shell bag (after I saw her working one little spot for a while) to see GAUDY NATICAS, KINGS CROWNS, BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, FIGHTING CONCHS, WORM ROCK and CHESTNUT TURBANS. She said “Can you go tell the other Shellabalooers?” Shell yaya!

Sanibel shells in a ziplock bag

This is the moment everybody saw how she was scooping in the soft sand that had just been covered by the tide. It was an awesome bonding experience as we sifted, sorted and scooped as a group then oohed and aaahed when somebody found a treasure. Shellabaloo Shellove.

bonding by seashell collecting

Then a shellebration!

happy shellers at sanibel shellabaloo

Shelling Sisters Christy (from Texas) and Janet (from Washington) had their cutie shellootie iLS gear on and showing some of their exshellent shell loot.

Christy and Janet sporting iLoveShelling gear and seashells

Cathy traveled from Nova Scotia to join us and have sweet success finding shell pickins…. but she was espeshelly happy to be in Sanibel since Canada is practically frozen over right now!

Cathy with shells and her brother travis hunting for seashells

Cathy’s brother Travis (Ottawa) found a bucket load of shells. Errrrr…..  is this the same guy that told me at the beginning of Shellabaloo that he “wasn’t that in to shelling” but was just here for his sister? Yup.  And… he also told me he wasn’t going to get in the water because he didnt like to get wet. Ahem…. would you look back at Cathy’s photo above? Uh huh! Yessiree. Just over Cathy’s shoulder on the left? That is Travis working another honey hole filled with shells … he’s practically UNDER water. LOL Look at his smile!

Shellabaloo Travis with a bucket of shells

Speaking of smiles, check out the happy faces of Karen and her daughter Katy who traveled from Maryland to be with us in the beautiful sunshine.

Katy and Karen on Sanibel beach

Elaine who shared the love of the mini shells with me, traveled from Washington state to be with us as well.

Elaine with seashells in Sanibel Florida

We all climbed aboard Sight Sea-R Cruises to take a shelling adventure to Big Hickory and had a blast.

Shellabaloo on Sight Sea-R shelling cruise

Yep, we found more shells…

conch and cockle shells from Sanibel

Kristen (from New Jersey) was celebrating after finding a LEAL’S WENTLETRAP as we all had lunch together.

Kristen at  lunch with Shellabaloo

She was able to show it to this WENTLETRAP’S name sake… Dr Jose Leal at the shell museum to have it verified. Cool!

Epitonium Leali Leal wentletrap Sanibel

Happy birthday Robin! We got to celebrate Robin from Maryland’s birthday with her mom Bobbie (Pennsylvania) during Shellabaloo too. We feel honored to have been able to help you shellebrate, Robin!

Shellabaloo Robin and Connie  lunch at Parrot Key

Every single moment we had at our iLoveShelling Shellabaloo at the Island Inn Resort was spectacsheller.

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour shells

Oh, but we had more fun that I have to show you with more shell pictures… so until our Shellabaloo exshellaganza has completely unwound from all of the excitement…

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour 2015

Thank you Island Inn for hosting this Shellabaloo shellowship again!

island inn sponsor logo

Dont forget, you can join us on another iLoveShelling Shell Adventure… CLICK HERE

pam rambo shelling trips

 

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Love Bucket Of Shells

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Alphabet Cone, Cone, Island Inn, Rocksnail | 20 comments

seashell awesomeness

It was an especially good day on the Sanibel today. On the beach at Island Inn, the weather was perfect (high 70s), the water was calm, there were piles of good shells… and I had Clark with me. That’s why I love this next photo… it’s everything I love all in one shot. Clark, the beach, the water and a ton of shells to pick through to collect in an aqua shell bucket.

i Love Shelling seashell bucket

My day was made.

happy super sheller clark

I wasn’t the only one loving the day either, if there’s a good shell pile it seems I always find Connie K. right smack in the middle of it. Ha! She can sniff ’em out!

combing the beach for shells

I also met another happy gal… Faith from Ohio. She is a ball of fun!

Beach combing Faith

These are just a few of the beautiful shells she found. She found a LIONS PAW too but I didn’t get a chance to see it since she had already packed it up in her room. Happy.

Beach combing shells on Sanibel November

Sitting on the big pile of shells (after walking to the right from Island Inn), I saw OLIVES, CONCHS, WHELKS, SCALLOPS and TULIPS but I had to snap a picture of this adorably tiny horsie candy (juvie HORSE CONCH). Omigosh- so stinkin cute.

Sanibel shell candy

Clark’s fave find of the day was of course that awesome ALPHABET CONE (first pic) but mine was this teeny tiny ROCK SNAIL SHELL.

juvie rock snail shell

I haven’t found a ROCK SHELL in a while and I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen one this small before. I love it!

aperture view juvie rock snail shell

Wishing on this shell tree that everybody gets to experience a day like this on the beach to feel this calm and happy about simple pleasures.

shell tree wishes

 

PS- Thank you Heather for the heads up about the shell pile!

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5 Year Shellaversary GiveAway – 5 Nights at Island Inn Sanibel

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in 5 year Shellaversary with Island Inn, Giveaway, Island Inn | 51 comments

iLoveShelling 5 YR SHELLAVERSARY

 

We are Shellebrating 5 years of iLoveShelling.com!

Can you believe I’ve been blogging about seashells and beach bling on Sanibel, Captiva, Southwest Florida and around the world for 5 years? I can’t believe it! It seems like yesterday when I started this blog to write a few thoughts down about my shelling adventures. Before I knew it, some of you started to comment of your joy of beach combing as well…  and from that day forward I was hooked.

To thank you for a fabshellous 5 year journey of sharing this amazing world of shelling ….

We are having a Shellaversary Party GiveAway!

iLoveShelling 5 shellaversary iis

 

Yes, you read that right. You could win a 5 nights stay at Island Inn!

Island Inn Sanibel has been a huge supporter of the shelling community since 1895 so they wanted to be part of our iLoveShelling Shellaversary Party. They are giving one shellucky winner a FIVE nights stay for two at their beautiful beachfront resort.

iloveshelling 5th anniversary

How do you register to win this incredishell FIVE nights stay for two at Island Inn for our FIVE year shellaversary? It’s so easy…

UPDATE: November 7, 2014- This GiveAway is now over and the winner has been chosen by computer random drawing.

Congratshellations go to Cynthia S. from Nahunta, GA!

  • Enter A Chance To Win a 5 night stay for 2 people at Island Inn
  • Properly fill out entry form at the link stated in the directions above
  • Enter between October 30, 2014 through November 5, 2014
  • One entry per person
  • Winner will be announced November 6, 2014

Thank you so much for 5 years of such fun times on the beach together, as well as learning and sharing our shelling adventures with each other.

So go ahead… get on over to the Island Inn website to register for your chance to win 5 nights in paradise. Then get out your conch horn and get your shellacommunications skills fired up by telling your friends and family to register too.   Good Luck to each of you!

Many thanks to Island Inn for being so gracious and supportive to our shelling community with this GiveAway with iLoveShelling. We are grateful and very excited about having this chance to GiveAway this FIVE nights stay at this historic resort…

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Old style Sanibel Island Inn

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PS- While you are waiting to hear if you won this exshellent 5 year Shellaversary Party GiveAway, check out another awesome party the Island Inn is throwing. Shellabaloo! Join us for this awesome shellathon…

shellabaloo January 2015

 

 

 

 

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Join Us For a BeachCombing Bananza at Shellabaloo!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Island Inn, Sanibel Hotels, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6 | 9 comments

shellabaloo January 2015

 

Call Island Inn at 800-851-5088 today to reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza

 

Shellabaloo!

 January 5-8, 2015

If you’re a sheller, you’ve probably heard how much fun we have on our Shellabaloo shelling adventures.

It’s the best beach combing bananza on earth.

Shellabaloo 2 seashell pile captiva

I will guide you on the best shelling beaches in the world to find the awesome seashells Sanibel is famous for.

pam rambo guide cayo costa shelling

I’m so happy the beachfront Island Inn Sanibel is once again hosting this shelling vacation package of a lifetime. It’s the perfect island resort with rich history of shell collecting. They love shelling too!

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this spectasheller event to find treasures like this…

seashell display from iLoveShelling Sanibel Shellabaloo

And shells like this …

cindy horse conch shellabaloo

Bond with other crazy shellers like this…

selfie shellfie ILoveShelling

Pam Rambo with Shellabaloo 3 girls

We’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Party!

shellabaloo 3 shellers on beach sanibel island inn

From there we will enjoy dinners and share stories…

shellabaloo 4 dinner january shell trip

We’ll go island hopping by boat! We’ll explore the new shelling destination south of Sanibel at Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises

captiva cruise cayo costa shelling shellabaloo

We’ll enjoy picnic lunches together while we talk about our shell finds from the morning…

shellabaloo 1 lunch

And of course… we’ll shell!

sanibel stoop shellabaloo 3

Shell!

cathy shellabaloo 3 water shell scoop

Shell!

shelling sanibel shellabaloo

Here’s the most important thing- We meet other people who love the beach and collecting shells and treasures as much we do. Sharing this experience is something to remember forever. (Click next image to read more clearly)

Shellabaloo E Blast Jan 2015

This is going to be a shell of a good time for all of us! So join the fun January 5-8, 2015  by calling Island Inn for accommodations pricing and any details and they can answer any of your questions at 800-851-5088. Call before it sells out!

sanibel shellers row

shell n tell shellabaloo 4

sunset at Island Inn Sanibel

Hope to see you soon!

pam rambo iLoveShelling

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Beachcombing on Sanibel Island

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Beach Art, Black-bellied Plover, Island Inn, Lettered Olive, Olive, Sanibel Hotels, Snowy Egret, Willet | 21 comments

Sanibel Shelling by Pam Rambo shelling

It still amazes me to walk the beach to see miles of seashells lining the coast…

paradise shells on a sanibel beach

Joann from New Jersey remembered her mother used to make jewelry from the shells she collected on Sanibel so wanted to come back to do the same.

Joann collects seashells on Sanibel

Combing the beach back and forth in front of Island Inn Sanibel, she found BANDED TULIPS, FIGHTING CONCH, OLIVES, LIGHTNING WHELKS, COQUINAS, CALICO SCALLOPS, APPLE MUREXES  and a sweet colorful NUTMEG.

Joanns sea shells of sanibel island island

Her brother Harry and his wife Joann (easy to remember!) from Tampa were thrilled to find so many shells they remembered as kids.

harry joann collecting shells on sanibel island florida

Sandy McFadin had commented on my iLoveShelling Facebook page last week asking what the shelling was like at Island Inn. Hmmm I hadn’t been in a while so this is for you Sandy! And… Sarah the ShellAnimal had requested another video so I started shooting a video at the Island Inn before the rain came in to chase us all off the beach. While I panned around to the shore, I caught Harry walking towards me then stopping to pick up a shell. Then he called out “Hey, I found four OLIVES!”

four olive shells and a conch

Come beach combing with me and you’ll see why I had to meet Harry and the Joanns. Click on the video…[youtube]http://youtu.be/ea_T23vgy6Q[/youtube]

The evening before this, Clark and I walked this same stretch of beach for sunset where Clark found a perfect FLAT SCALLOP and we had fun watching all of the birds like this beautiful SNOWY EGRET…

sanibel snowy egret bird profile

A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER….

Black-bellied Plover on Sanibel Island Florida

And a WILLET…

willet bird on Sanibel Island, Florida

We also loved adding to this shell tree.

island inn sanibel shell tree

I made a wish when I added my shell…

Sanibel shell shrub

It was a perfect way to end a beautiful day…

sunset through a shell tree

wish upon a seashell tree

Wishing upon a shell shrub :)

sunset sea shell tree

With a beautiful beach, shells, sunsets and lively wildlife… it’s the perfect place to gather people who love shelling to join me for a 4 day shellathon during Shellabaloo! It’s coming up soon so don’t miss out for our April 24 event! CLICK HERE for more details. I love to meet new shellers!

shellabaloo 5

 

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