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Sep
22

Breathing The Beach

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sand dollar in the palm of a hand

There are many treasures to be found each and every time you take a walk on the beach. I feel that way about any beach… even when they don’t have gobs of shells like we do in Southwest Florida.

seashells on a beach at dusk

I couldn’t help but find beautiful treasures among the many shells that lined the shore last night at Gulfside City Park but my mission last night was to enjoy the scenery and breath in the salty air to help me collect my thoughts.  Every beach in the world tends to have that effect on me.

slice of beach peaceslice of beach peace

After taking in the sights and feeling that curtain of calmness take over, I’m always surprised that the simplest of things can make me giddy. It gave me so much pleasure to see this sweet COCKLE SHELL with a heart etched in its side… or is it a butterfly?

butterfly heart on a seashell

I headed for the high dry wrack line, and saw a few mini shells like this…

some sweet mini seashells and broken bits

If I had spent more time sifting through this one area, I could have raked in oodles of TUSK SHELLS and who know what other minis. That itty bitty KEYHOLE LIMPET, teenie weenei WENTLETRAP, sweet TULIP and awesome little GULF OYSTER DRILL were enough for me for the moment.

little tiny seashells found on the beach

I didn’t want to miss the changing sky!

Blue sky, Clouds and seashells at dusk

Plus, I knew Clark was collecting some of our faves.

some shells in the scoop

It was such a beautiful evening.

shell filled beach at low tide dusk

Honestly, I’m so excited for our iLoveShelling Adventure to Big Hickory Island with Sight Sea-R Cruises on Wednesday! That’s the day I know will be a blast and shelltastic shelling day to scour the island for treasures. If you are in the area, you should join us for an awesome day on this new shelling adventure- CLICK HERE to see some of the fun we’ve had so far! CLICK HERE to reserve your spot

sight sea-r shelling adventures 2014 2015

 

Dont forget! With each scheduled cruise through February, each passenger on an iLoveShelling cruise will receive at $25 Gift Certificate to Sealife By Congress jewelry store on Sanibel. Yay!

SLBC iLSPromo

 

And…. We had a cool surprise visitor too! A SHARK took a stroll along the shoreline while we watched in silence. No worries, he didn’t want anything to do with us and moved around anybody in the water… not that I wanted to get in his way though- LOL YouTube Preview Image

PS- I took all of these photos and the video on my new iPhone 6. I’m loving it so far!

 

Mar
12

Smell The Salt In The Sanibel Captiva Air

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The beach will color your world

Sunny blue skies, aqua water and warm breezes have filled our beach days in Southwest Florida this week- it’s been absolutely gorgeous!

seashells on the beach- Captiva Island Florida

But last week, we had some dark skies, rain and a cool (60s) weather front from the west move through to bring some unusual shells. Susan from Wisconsin found what looked to be an AMERICAN STAR-SHELL at Lighthouse Beach. That is a common shell in Caribbean waters but not often on Sanibel or Captiva. UPDATE: MurexKen notified me that this is most likely a MACULATED TOP SHELL which is from IndoPacific region…. NOT an AMERICAN STAR-SHELL. Oops!

susan from wisconson found an american star shell sanibel

Check out my post from our Road Trip To The Florida Keys to see our AMERICAN STAR-SHELLS we found there to compare this…

American star-shell found on sanibel island

Then compare it to the MACULATED TOP SHELL at http://www.gastropods.com/4/Shell_244.shtml . Yes, he’s absolutely right- it’s not a shell that is found in our area… it’s what I call a “Wedding Shell”. Folks who decorate for weddings and parties on our beaches buy bags of shells (which originate in the Philippines or other IndoPacific areas)  then spread them on the beach for decoration. Then they get washed out by the tide or thrown in and the shell gets washed up again to have a collector like  Susan pick it up. I will do a post on these “Wedding Shells” very soon- I promise since this happens way too often. Thank you MurexKen for pointing it out to me!

susan found an american star shell on Sanibel island

Okay- lets get back to the beach….

I saw the Shellucky Luckett Ladies again at the beach last week too when that cold front came through. Cuties!

shellucky luckett ladies shelling sanibel

Martha (far right in the Shellucky Luckett Ladies photo) found this amazing LIONS PAW! Shellzam! See? Thats why they are called “Shellucky”!

martha's lions paw

When the sun came out and the weather warmed up, I headed to Captiva to do my favorite type of beach combing and experience the art of shelling…. SMELL the salt in the air, FEEL the sand between your toes, LISTEN to Beach Sounds by Mother Nature, LOOK at the seascapes and seashells, and RELAX.

beachcombing Captiva Florida

On my journey, I saw this…

zig zag flat scallop cybershelling

Such a gift. Thank you Mother Nature for this beautiful ZIG ZAG FLAT SCALLOP!

beautiful flat scallop Captiva Florida

But even better, I found a STRAWBERRY COCKLE! I know it doesn’t look like much and these are more common in the Caribbean as well, but they just aren’t common here so it’s always a happy day to find one (I think this makes only 4 in our collection from Sanibel or Captiva.

strawberry cockle found on Captiva Island Florida

This is exactly how I found this sweet SAND DOLLAR.

sand dollar cybershelling

I love calm days after a “storm” of busy days to slow stroll along the beach to see it lined with shellions of treasures like KITTENS PAWS, DARK CERITHS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, PAINTED EGG COCKLES and LADY-IN-WAITING CLAMS like these.

collecting seashells on Captiva Island florida

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Jan
27

Not Just Another Silly White Shell

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painted egg cockles captiva sand bar

I’ve never seen so many glossy PAINTED EGG COCKLES wash up together as much as I have on the new sand bar at Blind Pass Captiva. Gail Carr (Maryland) collected of these beauties and much more sweet gems she sorted in this fab tackle box…

other side of boxed seashells from sanibel

That nice little organized box had another side too she filled with sweet treasures…

box of miniature shells from sanibel florida

I love to talk to people who get so much enjoyment at collecting so many different varieties of shells… as I do. Gail said “Each shell has it’s own unique beauty.” I agree! That’s why I got so thrilled when she showed me she found a couple of my new fave shell… the CROSS-HATCHED LUCINE.

gail carr shelling captiva lucine

She found a TEXAS LONGHORN too!

texas longhorn bryozoa

She even found a few SHIVA SHELLS … which are the OPERCULUM to the CHESTNUT TURBAN. Gail happen to find a few bright orange CHESTNUT TURBANS as well so I wanted you to see what they looked like together.

orange chestmut turban shiva shell operculum

Looking in the same area where I found my SCOTCH BONNET last week, I found 6 more CROSS-HATCHED LUCINES.

cross hatched lucine seashells sanibel

I was thrilled to have  shared the excitement with Gail since she had found a few and didn’t think I wasn’t crazy for feeling so excited about finding “just another silly plain white clam shell”. LOL

divalinga quadrisulcata cross hatched lucine captiva

In less than a month, this whole sandy beach on the pass side of the jetty rocks has formed and if you look closely, here are some hidden gems in there. Seriously… twenty days ago, I took this next photo of the shelling on the Sanibel side and it shows in the background the Captiva jetty rocks…no sand bar.

blind pass sanibel looking at jetty rocks at captiva

Over the weekend (on my way to find my precious LUCINES) I took this photo of my view as I stood on the bridge that connects Sanibel to Captiva looking over to the Captiva side. Wild, huh? This is what keeps me shelling day after day… the beaches change every single day and you never know what you will find until you get there!

blind pass sand bar changes

shelling adventures trips by pam