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Speaking Shellanguage for Scotch Bonnet, Junonia and Rock Snails

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Guide to Speaking Shellanguage, National Seashell Day, Pam Rambo, Rock snail egg case, Rocksnail, Sanibel, Seashells, Shell Book | 9 comments

Boom Shellalaka! Shelby found a SCOTCH BONNET on Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach.

It’s abshellutely gorgeous. (Her name should be spelled Shellby! heehee)

After 5 days of a non-stop rain storm, there were lots of shells rolling in with every tide in this little stretch of the beach. (You can see the Sanibel causeway in the background)

Debi (she’s now a volunteer Shell Museum shell ambassador :) ) along with her friends Eden, Wendy and Ansley found an   unbelievable, very rare piece of beach bling.

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They said they found something they couldn’t identify then showed me this spectacsheller beach find. I took one look then my jaw dropped … Holy Cowrie! It was the most brilliantly colored MOLLUSK EGG CASE cluster I’ve ever seen. It’s the first time I had seen this particular egg so it puzzled me but I kept thinking it’s got to be in the MUREX family. Maybe a CABRITS MUREX? It was no longer viable being washed up on the beach so I encouraged them to take it to the Shell Museum for Dr Leal to identify. They did!

This is a colony of ROCK SNAIL (Stramonita floridana) EGG CASES attached to a PEN SHELL.  Dr Leal has never seen such a large group of these eggs before so he was thrilled to have it in the museum collection. This photo is not filtered or touched up or any coloring added to it…. it was truly soooo amazingly colorful. Look at those purples…

Can you see the turquoise color in the egg cases in this one? It looks like paint brush bristles dipped in my favorite paint colors! Its a shelleidoscope of colors!

On Big Hickory beach, Diane found a JUNONIA! Congrats Diane…. Shellzam!

Okay yall, if you missed it…. I have exciting news. I’ve published a book! It’s hot of the press and Ive just gotten it into some of the local stores retailing for $12.99 at  Congress Jewelers, Suncatcher’s DreamMacIntosh Books, Captiva Cruises, Pelican’s Roost, our Sanibel CVS and in the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

More fabshellous news… I’m doing a book signing on National Seashell Day at the Shell Museum on June 21 from 12:30 to 1:30.

Come hang out with us!

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Wanna see a preview? Or buy a copy online? CLICK HERE

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Seashell Art and Education at the Sarasota Shell Show

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Clark Rambo, Pam Rambo, Sarasota Shell Show | 8 comments

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I love to learn about creatures that live in the sea and see some of their astonishing growth patterns that make up their shells like this frilly ORCHID MUREX. On the other hand, I love to see how human creative minds take those beautiful shells and build a feast for the eyes with yet another beautiful structure.

Beautiful beach treasures turned into beautiful works of art.

This is why I love to go to shell shows…. the scientific exhibits give us a looking glass to learn more about the life of mollusks and the history of our world through different aspects.

Then the artist in me can’t wait to see the creative inspirations made of shells and beach bling in the artistic exhibits. They are mind blowing beautiful so its the best of both worlds.

I’m proud to say that not only was I a judge this year in the Sarasota Shell Show for the artistic displays last weekend… but Clark was the second judge in the artistic categories! Yay Super Sheller Clark! It was an honor to judge next to him.

Both judges got to choose an exhibit for “Judge’s Special Merit Award” so my ribbon went to this spectacsheller “Paisley” by Caryl Renzcarly renz seashell art

Clark gave his Judge’s Special Merit Award to “Ruby Slippers Redefined” by Heather O’Keefe.

There were so many fabshellous works of art for all to enjoy.

It was a treat to meet for the first time some of the artists who created these exceptional art exhibits… like Mary Ella Marra.

Donna Timmerman with her beautiful crochet necklace.

Suzanne Dietsch with her Sailors Valentine.

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It was also so much fun to meet and hang out with other shellers like Lee Ann and Dale from Bradenten who were enjoying the exhibits just as much as we were.

And Eva and Chris from Palmetto. We all have so much in common.

It all starts with having the same love of the sea….

Thank you Donna, Nancy, Sally and the whole Sarasota Shell Club for inviting Clark and me to be a special part of your show- we both feel honored.

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The Calm After The Storm

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Clark Rambo, Conch, Horse Conch, Hurricane Hermine, Sanibel Stoop, Storms, Tropical Storm #9 Hermine | 17 comments

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The best time to find lots of shells on the beaches of southwest Florida is after a storm coming from the Gulf Of Mexico – which is exactly what happened last weekend when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Hermine came through.

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We never know exactly when or where the shells will start washing in after the storm leaves town but theres nothing more fun than hunting for them high and low. This is also the time to meet lots of other fun-loving shellers on the hunt for those amazing treasures that roll up on our beaches.

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… And in the water when it calms.
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… And anywhere in between.

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Errrrr but wait. There may be something more fun than searching for them… Finding them.

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Boom Shellalaka!

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Shellzam!

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Truly Spectacsheller!

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This type of excitment is exactly what happened at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach by the fishing pier last weekend. It’s what we shellers wait for and dream about!

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Earlier this week the seas calmed from the storm and the shells weren’t as easy to find so Clark and I headed south towards Marco to explore the outer islands by boat.

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OMG Super Sheller Clark hit the shellmongus jackpot… 2 gorgeous HORSE CONCHS! Thank you Tropical Storm Hermine for stirring up the Gulf Of Mexico just a tad without doing any damage to anything or anyone. You left such beautiful gifts of the sea for us.

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Sanibel “Enthusiast” Helps Shellebrate

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in iLS.com In the News, Islander Newspaper, Pam Rambo | 2 comments

Pam Rambo Sanibel Shell Enthusiast

Oh. Em. Gee. That’s me!

Holy Cowrie, I made it on the cover of Sanibel/Captiva local newspaper thanks to Islander news reporter Anita Force Marshall (CLICK HERE for the full story). I’m so honored! We’ve been on a wild ride since the official National Seashell Day  so I’m very sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently lately but I promise to make it up to you very soon after the big day… June 20. It’s soon!

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PS- We had a blast on our iLoveShelling cruise to Big Hickory last week and I still need to show you some of the cool things we found…. that’s coming up next.

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Shelling Is Beach Therapy

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Bowman's Beach, Pam Rambo, Shelling Island Findings Video | 27 comments

Sanibel Seashells on Bowmans Beach

Shelling is beach therapy. I love a long walk along the water’s edge searching for wildlife and picking up a few beautiful shells.

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Yesterday at Sanibel’s Bowmans Beach, the crowds disappeared as we walked passed the families set up for their beach day with umbrellas, coolers and beach chairs. The further we walked, the quieter my mind became. Everything else on the planet slipped away other than seeing a big wide open beach with shells, sand, water and sky.

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Then the trance began. It’s like I’m being hypnotized each time I’m at the beach when I hear the waves wash up on the sand with jingle of shells rolling back and forth.

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When I walk along the shell line from a recent higher tide I’m searching for shapes, textures and colors of the shells I know so well. Aha! A SHARK’S EYE hidden among the ARKS, KITTENS PAWS and VENUS CLAMS.

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There are days when the shells are piled high or washing up at your feet in droves but long walks like Clark and I took yesterday are my absolute favorite. It’s what keeps me going back time and time again. It’s my beach therapy.

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Amazingly enough when we got back, I got a little surprise in my email inbox. I’m in a short little film about shelling! I was asked in an interview back in February about what I love about shelling. Well…. everything actually! But then it all boiled down to how it makes me feel- I’m just so dang happy when I’m on the beach and shelling takes my mind to another galaxy. It makes me appreciate how beautiful this life is. It’s just that simple. The Beaches Of Fort Myers and Sanibel did an A-MAZING job on this film and I am over the moon shell, humbled and honored that I was asked to participate in it.

I hope you enjoy!

PS- Oh and yes- That’s Elliot Sudal (Shelliot- heehee ) in the film too. See? I told you he isn’t just a fisherman, he’s a sheller! CLICK HERE to read my post about him.

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2016 Sanibel Shell Festival Artistic Seashell Crafts

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in 78th Sanibel Shell Festival 2015, 79th Sanibel Shell Festival 2016, Beach Hearts, Captain Brian Holaway, Decorate with shells, Make Seashell Stuff, Pam Rambo, Sailor's Valentine, Sanibel Shell Fair and Show, Shell Art | 16 comments

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Every year, the first week of March is always exciting because the Sanibel Shell Festival comes to town. This 2016 year was a trifect-shell-a for me.

1. –  The show was fantastic.

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Fun to see Carol Strange sharpie these beautiful shells.

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Kelle Covington’s shell encrusted ukulele.

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Marti Gorun’s gorgeous seashell mirror.

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2. – Fun to hang out with shell friends and everybody at the show was exceptionally happy and chatty.

I had such a great time hanging out with Rachel (we learned so much from her last year about Natural Pearls) and Master Naturalist Shelling Guide Captain Brian Holaway.

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We are such a colorful group! The girls just gotta have fun in psycheshellic colors with Kelle (she made the awesome Ukulele) and Shelley from Naples. Thanks for sending this photo Kelle :)

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Bill Jordan is a hoot! He’s also an amazing artist with his SAILORS VALENTINE and pocket watch valentine.

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Speaking of SAILORS VALENTINES… David Rhyne won Peoples Choice Award in the artistic division of the show.

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You have to see the close up of this one because of the detail of the basket weave. The basket and the circle weave are made of SEA URCHIN SPINES.

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Another amazing VALENTINE by Judy Dinnick.

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This one by Gerda Reid.

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Oooh shell la… so many stunning pieces!

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And then we come to #3 of the trifectshella – The shelling was awesome!

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Rachel found a JUNONIA on the east end of Sanibel about a mile from the Sanibel Lighthouse and her Aunt Margie found an amazing SCOTCH BONNET in about the same area.

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Not bad I’d say for a couple of days of beach combing.

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I’ve run out of room on this post and lots of cool shells to show you.. and more cool shell people. So stay tuned for more photos of the scientific division of the Sanibel Shell Festival.

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