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.
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.
… And in the water when it calms.
… And anywhere in between.
Errrrr but wait. There may be something more fun than searching for them… Finding them.
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!
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.
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.
After meeting with some friends at Island Inn Sanibel, I stepped out on their beach to watch sunset… spectacsheller.
Even the RUDDY TURNSTONES were enjoying the seashells and the warm gentle waves of the Gulf Of Mexico.
It still takes my breath away to look at this view.
Espeshelly when I find a hidden treasure.
Ahhhh…. can’t you just picture yourself doing that Sanibel Stoop?
The new Calendar is here! You’ve asked for something fun this year and I think you’re gonna loooove it. This year the new 12 Month Calendar is all about our favorite past time… The Sanibel Stoop!
Day or night, it’s the favorite posture for any sheller… bent at the waist to get a closer look at what might be the shell of your dreams.
We stoop to feed our curiosity and wonderment of seeing a new world unfold before us.
Stooping is just a natural part of being on any beach. Because of the world class shelling on Sanibel, this bent over stance acquired name all of it’s own… the Sanibel Stoop.
I was so excited to get my first copy of the new Sanibel Stoop calendar in the mail yesterday, I raced to the beach to take a few pictures of it. As I was shooting the photo of the March calendar image featuring a group of ladies doing the Sanibel Stoop…
I got so tickled at what I saw! I looked up from my lens to see a beach full of shellers doing the Sanibel Stoop! LOL So I took a picture of that March calendar image (of a group of ladies doing the Sanibel Stoop) while there was real group of ladies doing the Sanibel Stoop in the background of the shot. Bahahaha I’m still giddy from seeing that!
Another fun thing about this 12 month Sanibel Stoop Calendar? You can choose the month/year you want the calendar to start! So if you can’t wait to start using this new calendar, you can start it for next month- you dont have to wait until January. It’s your choice! In this next picture, I’ve highlighted in red the area where you choose your month so if you want the date to start in January, you have to change the date in the drop down menu. Cool, huh?
I have met so many of you Sanibel Stoop-ers on the beach so it was very hard to only choose 12 from some of my posts. So these are my favorites and I hope you like them too! Even if you Stoop on other island beaches or along the coast in another part of the world, I’m sure you have perfected the Sanibel Stoop as well… so have fun with it! This would be a perfect Christmas or birthday gift as well so don’t forget about your favorite Sanibel Stoop-er. Click on the next image or CLICK HERE and get Stooping shopping!
My favorite time to shell is in the warm evenings when the receding low tide seems to expose a mile of undiscovered beach…
Whichever way you walk, you know will be the right way…
When treasures are half buried but you see just enough of a clue to know you’ve found something special…
When there are live creatures trying to camouflage themselves until they can make it back under the sand like this tiny baby SAND DOLLAR…
When the sky glows like a bon fire just before the sun sinks behind the horizon.
There were quite a few shells half buried all along the Lighthouse Beach (like the NUTMEG) but if you walk west on the gulf side this week in the evening you will see oodles of live FIGHTING CONCHS, STARFISH and other amazing creatures… oh and some treasures like the empty LIGHTNING WHELK as well. It’s just a beautiful site to see. I’ve heard that Bowmans Beach and Blind Pass have some great shells right now so if you are around Southwest Florida, you should get out on one of the beaches this afternoon/evening. It’s a site to behold.
And we have a little bit of SHELLEBRATING to do too! The iLoveShelling facebook page now has over 5000 fans! Wahhooo! 5000 shellers who love shelling as much as we do! We are in some exshellent company, my friends. Here’s a little shout out to our 5000th shelling friend, Angela Lucas! Thank you Angela and welcome to the world of iLoveShelling! Here’s Angela and her mermaids!
The shelling at Tarpon Bay Road beach access is awesome at low tide now!
Most of the FIGHTING CONCHS are alive but there are lots of other empty shells to be found as well.
These shells were found by Anna, Grave and Sarah visiting Sanibel from Ohio…
I saw Matt, Landon, Loulie and Berkeley (I met them last month on the iLoveShelling cruise!) collecting all kinds of goodies…
Here are their awesome best finds…
Wanna see what else they had in their shell bags? Here ya go…
My fave find was this orange BROAD PAPER COCKLE. This photo really doesn’t do it justice but it’s not often I find them without a chip on the edge. I love it!
That’s what has been happening on Tarpon Bay Beach (Parking is plentiful at Trost Parking lot) this week, and this is what I saw at Blind Pass Captiva today. The wind has calmed so the water is back to beautiful aqua…AND… the Sit ‘N Sift shell pile back. I didn’t stay long but I did see TURBANS, OLIVES and small WHELKS just to name a few.
It looks like the shells are showing up on most of the beaches (Lighthouse Beach is still great for minis!)…. so I CAN NOT wait until this Saturday April 13 for our iLoveShelling morning cruise to Cayo Costa from 9 to noon! Join Clark and me on this shelling adventure so we can share the anticipation together for our treasure hunt! CLICK HERE for more info.
Let’s do the Sanibel Stoop!
As our year of 2012 is winding down, Sanibel Island is bustling with tourists this week shellebrating the holidays with sunshine, clear skies and plenty of empty souvenir seashells on our beaches. At sunrise, low tide exposed a “whelkcome” mat of large live WHELKS, CONCHS and TULIPS at Gulfside City Park this morning to view these magnificent living creatures for just a few minutes before the incoming tide covered them up again.
A true gift to see the miracle of a living MOLLUSK.