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Nov
18

Seeing the Good Through the Gray

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junonia shell fragment in sand

It’s gray today. The skies have been dark, cold and cloudy with drizzling light showers throughout the day. But there’s always something so good to find in a day like today in SW Florida … take for instance the spotting a few beautiful brown dots in the gray sand at Blind Pass this morning. Well, how about that- a beaming little fragment of JUNONIA sitting right in the middle of the new sand bar that formed again last week.

Blind Pass November 2014

I found more sunshine to go along with that piece of polka dot shell. There was no thunder or lightning- thats so important so we could still be on the beach safely in the rain. Then… I found Ka’Sha, Stephanie, Aunt Andrea and E’Mia from Iowa laughing and cheering at every piece of shell they found on the BLIND PASS bar and in between rocks. They collected pieces of SAND DOLLARS, pieces of FIGHTING CONCHS, pieces of WHELKS and pieces of ARKS to put in their ziplock bags.  It was their first time seeing shells wash up on the beach and they were enjoying every single minute- gray skies or not and broken shells or not. Happy.

Ka'Sha, Stephanie, Aunt Andrea, E'Mia love shelling Captiva

After leaving Blind Pass, I headed to Gulfside City Park (I know, I know. I just can’t get enough of it these days!) to see the changes there since we’ve had a little cold front move through. Yes, there are a few new shells coming in with the tide but the best thing was to see the Iowan girls again. They were even more excited!

shellers at Guflside City Park Beach Sanibel

Combing the beach at the shoreline, there were a few nice treasures like this LETTERED OLIVE…

Sanibel shell on shells

and this teeny tiny LIGHTNING WHELK.

lightning whelk shell on shells

Then I heard a scream… E’Mia found this big LIGHTNING WHELK completely empty. Awesome!

lightning whelk found on Sanibel Florida

Since we have many shells still to be sorted in the Shellaboratory,  I’ve been trying only to collect shells with different patterns, colors or sizes to take home from my beach walks. Today, I will have to find a place in my Shellaboratory for a juvie orange FIGHTING CONCH, a dark maroon spotted ROUGH SCALLOP and a dark striped juvie LIGHTNING WHELK. Ok, we probably have lots of similar ones to these…. but really- I’m trying my hardest to be selective. I want to leave more for YOU!

a few shells I collected

When I got home, I received a note from my shelling sistah CShells. She knew I couldn’t hit all the beaches this morning so she gave me an update on where she went and if there were any shell piles she saw (which she said “nothing major”). But she made me smile as she told me she saw a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE and a BALD EAGLE – “Some people would think it was a yucky day, but it’s amazing the wildlife you see when it’s raining. It’s a good day.” Yes, I agree. It’s always good to see the good through the gray.

Cloud cover with seashells on Sanibel

Come shelling with me! Here are my next dates for my Shelling Adventures… CLICK HERE

shelling adventures trips by pam

Sea shell treasures

It still amazes me how many variations of beautiful shells can be found on Sanibel during a morning walk on the beach during low tide.

Low tide morning Sanibel

Laura drove to Sanibel’s Gulfside City Park beach from her home in Fort Myers Beach to collect a few shells this weekend. She may not have filled up her shell bag but the treasures she found were well worth the trip… especially the fabulous FLAT SCALLOP, MUREXES and gorgeous LETTERED OLIVES she showed me (in the first photo).

Laura finding shells on the beach

Her husband Shannon found lots of those same shells in the high tide wrack line.

Shannon finding shells on Sanibel

And he found oodles of CONCHS, DRILLS and TURKEY WINGS too to fill up his bag.

Shannon's shells

Our weather this weekend has been absolutely perfect with high 60s in the mornings and low 80s in the day. Love it!

Low tide Sanibel beach

Stacy (Pompano, FL) was having lots of luck shelling the tidal pools where she was happy finding all sorts of shell loot.

Stacy with olive shells

She found those glossy colorful OLIVES as well but she loves the minis too so my fave shell of hers was the tiniest and cutest little TOP SHELL (furthest to the left in her hand- cutie!).

Stacy's shells

I saw Barbara from NJ again but this time she showed me one heck of a beautiful shell she found… a GOLDEN OLIVE!

Barbara NJ golden olive

It was a dark mustard color – almost orange – and sooo beautiful but…. it was still alive.  Most of the shells at the shore line were alive but I found most of the empty shells in the high wrack line or in the higher tidal pools. Barbara showed her GOLDEN OIVE to us long enough for me to get a photo, then she returned it to the sea. Breed, GOLDEN OLIVE, breed! LOL

Golden Olive on Sanibel

It’s always nice to go on vacation like we did last week but living on Sanibel is sooooo nice to come home to. We are happiest living by the water’s edge on Sanibel just like most of the shells we saw at low tide this weekend… happy, healthy and very much alive.

Conch shell on Sanibel

Join me for a Shelling Adventure! Next one is tomorrow Oct 27, 2014 at 9am with Captiva Cruises. For more info CLICK HERE.

shelling adventures trips by pam

 

Oh and PS- I have something very special coming up this week… We are shellebrating iLoveShelling 5 years Shellaversary so Stay tuned!

bubblicious mini bubbles and shells with flowers

BUBBLE SHELLS were bountiful at Gulfside Beach during the morning’s low tide.

low tide shelling on Sanibel

While being fascinated with a thick tidal line of bubblicious BUBBLE SHELLS…

bubble shells wash up on Sanibel

I was thrilled to stumble on some other cutie itty bitty shells like WENTLETRAPS and SPARSE DOVE SHELLS.

tiny wentletraps, dove shells and bubbles

If I hadn’t been squatting low to the sand, I would have missed this teensie BABY’S EAR. So happy I had my nose to the grind shells.

baby ear in shell crush

It was such a lovely morning, I want to share it with you! Get yourself comfy ’cause you can walk (or squat) along with me on this warm, calm Sanibel morning where thousands of BUBBLE SHELLS lined the beach. YouTube Preview Image