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Shelling For Sunshine

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Barnacles, Blind Pass, Cayo Costa, Colorful Moon shell, Corrugate Jewel Box, Florida Cone, Jewel Box, Olive, Turban | 19 comments

orange chestnut turban

 Through cloudy skies and and patchy rain, I was thrilled to find this bright beam of sunshine called a CHESTNUT TURBAN colored brilliant orange. I know it doesn’t look at all “chestnutty” but believe it or not that’s what it is.

orange chestnut turban aperture

 My second fave find in the last few days is another ray of sunshine…. a COLORFUL MOON SHELL (or also called a GAUDY NATICA). This one seemed exceptionally colorful AND gaudy…

gaudy natica

 Clark and I were convinced that the out islands would be loaded with shells still from Tropical Storm Debby and the weather the last then so we hopped on our boat with some friends and headed out to Cayo Costa. I found more sunshine with a little HORSE CONCH candy!

cayo costa seashell

 Daron, Jacob and Berringer donned the snorkeling gear…

snorkel cayo costa

 …And found a FLORIDA CONE!

Florida cone cayo costa

There were pockets of seashells hidden around the tree roots in the high tide wrack line where we found some BABY’S EARS.

shell pocket cayo costa

 Everybody loves these tree roots! Susan and her son Berringer were no exception. It’s the perfect backdrop for photos.

susan berr cayo costa florida

 Clark was busy working his magic with the shelling backhoe and pulled up lots of LETTERED OLIVES and a few TRUE TULIPS…

Clark banded tulip

All in all, it was a really fun trip on the boat but it wasn’t at all “loaded with shells” like we thought. So after our boat ride, we stopped at Blind Pass Sanibel….where it was “loaded”. I found my 2 fave shells of the weekend (the orange TURBAN and the MOON above) within 10 minutes.

Shelling Blind Pass Sanibel

I was also fortunate to have met EJ who is a research associate with Department Of Environmental Sciences at UVA (where my nephew just graduated…with distinction!) , Hannah (an educator at UVA as well) and her mom Crystal (AL). It was fascinating to hear about EJ’s project to map the mangrove ecosystems of Sanibel and research the soils and sea grass beds along SouthWest Florida. What a fun job! Well he must have mapped out where the ALPHABET CONES would wash up because they were plucking them out right when I walked by…

EJ, Hannah, Crystal shelling bp

 Crystal showed me her fave find which was an unusual cluster of shells. It is a double CORRUGATE JEWLBOX, double KITTEN’S PAW, BARNACLES and a few sprouts of CORAL that cemented together to make a beautiful little shell bouquet.

corrugate jewelbox kittens paw

 While dodging the storm clouds for 3 days, here’s an assortment of the shells we kept (Clarkis saving the LETTERED OLIVES for next year’s 4th of July parade already). Need help identifying all of these shells? Check out my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page!

Cayo Costa seashell collection

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Seashells At Your Fingertips

Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in Cone, Corrugate Jewel Box, Dove Snail, Rough scallop, Rusty Dove Shell, Sanibel, Scallop | 20 comments

Rusty dove shell on fingers

There are thousands of seashells at your fingertips most days on Sanibel but this weekend I was finding oodles of miniature shells that fit ON my fingertips. I found this RUSTY DOVE SHELL rolling along the surf line.

rusty dove shell aperture

Isn’t this the pretties little shell detailed with those tiny teeth along the opening (aperture)? I was excited to find it since it isn’t my every day find. I knew it was a DOVE shell but MurexKen verified that it was a RUSTY DOVE SHELL.

rusty dove shell

Clark found this little SWEET CONE….

cone fingertip

 I always love to find the bright orange “juvie” SCALLOPS…

rough scallop fingertip

I normally only pick up the FLORIDA SPINY JEWEL BOX but this CORRUGATE JEWEL BOX just struck me as being so colorful and vibrant with such a fun shape… I had to pick this one up. Honestly, most of the time they just aren’t so cute… but maybe they are starting to grow on me.

jewel box shell fingertip

On Friday,I met shelling sistah and sister blogger Cheri from Shelllady who I could have talked to for hours. She lives very close to my family in Virginia so it was so nice to talk to Cheri and her “Hubby” about my old stomping grounds and felt right at home with them…and I got to see their shells they found.

Cheri shelllady hubby

 This next picture are the shells they found on Friday but if you go to her blog HERE, you can read about everything they found from the week. They found The Sanibel Six and more!

Cheri's shells on Sanibel

 If I had seen this on Thursday, I would have added this to my “10 Reasons Why I Love The Beach” list so I’ll just say this is #11….Rainbows

under the sanibel rainbow


Clark with rainbow

rainbow sea oats



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