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.
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.
… And give a little thanks to Mother Earth for this paradise I call home on Earth Day.
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”.
I feel the same Lynn!
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.
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!”
This OLIVE shell was playing “Hide ‘N Seek” with me.
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. ;)
Shellzam! Shellabaloo 6 at the Island Inn Sanibel Beachfront Resort has been awesome…
Everybody found some abshellutely beautiful shells…
We have had sooooooo much fun together!
We’ve been stooping for shells in the water…
Stooping for shells on the beach…
Scooping for shells with nets and shelling backhoes…
Sifting for shells…
We’ve seen live shells…
We’ve seen live starfish and other bling…
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.
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!
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.
Then a shellebration!
Shelling Sisters Christy (from Texas) and Janet (from Washington) had their cutie shellootie iLS gear on and showing some of their exshellent shell loot.
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’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!
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.
Elaine who shared the love of the mini shells with me, traveled from Washington state to be with us as well.
We all climbed aboard Sight Sea-R Cruises to take a shelling adventure to Big Hickory and had a blast.
Yep, we found more shells…
Kristen (from New Jersey) was celebrating after finding a LEAL’S WENTLETRAP as we all had lunch together.
She was able to show it to this WENTLETRAP’S name sake… Dr Jose Leal at the shell museum to have it verified. Cool!
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!
Every single moment we had at our iLoveShelling Shellabaloo at the Island Inn Resort was spectacsheller.
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…
Thank you Island Inn for hosting this Shellabaloo shellowship again!
Dont forget, you can join us on another iLoveShelling Shell Adventure… CLICK HERE
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.
My day was made.
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!
I also met another happy gal… Faith from Ohio. She is a ball of fun!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
PS- Thank you Heather for the heads up about the shell pile!
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!
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.
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…
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…
Call Island Inn at 800-851-5088 today to reserve your spot for this awesome exshellaganza
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.
I will guide you on the best shelling beaches in the world to find the awesome seashells Sanibel is famous for.
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!
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this spectasheller event to find treasures like this…
And shells like this …
Bond with other crazy shellers like this…
We’ll kick off this adventure with a Shellabaloo Shelloha Party!
From there we will enjoy dinners and share stories…
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…
We’ll enjoy picnic lunches together while we talk about our shell finds from the morning…
And of course… we’ll shell!
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)
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!
Hope to see you soon!
It still amazes me to walk the beach to see miles of seashells lining the coast…
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.
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.
Her brother Harry and his wife Joann (easy to remember!) from Tampa were thrilled to find so many shells they remembered as kids.
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!”
Come beach combing with me and you’ll see why I had to meet Harry and the Joanns. Click on the video…
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…
A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER….
And a WILLET…
We also loved adding to this shell tree.
I made a wish when I added my shell…
It was a perfect way to end a beautiful day…
Wishing upon a shell shrub :)
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!