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Paradise Found On Bowman’s Beach Sanibel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Bowman Beach Sanibel video, Hurricane Hermine, Storms, Video | 15 comments

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If you’re a beach comber, Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island has been the perfect place for those long walks on the beach while picking up a few beautiful treasures.

A beautiful and peaceful walk…. oh yea… and some excitement each time spotting one of these gorgeous works of art.

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Definitely exciting finding an empty KINGS CROWN.

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Clark and I met beachcomber Laurie a mile from any other people… we compared our fave find HORSE CONCHS. Wowza!

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This walk was so amazing….  I did a video to share with you! I headed north from Bowmans Beach to find the new pass Tropical Depression Hermine (she was a hurricane after she left here) opened up from Clam Bayou about a month ago. Not sure how long it will last but this new waterway is a little paradise.

Oh Wait! …  before you take your mind into the amazing paradise….  please don’t forget to “tip” Shell Love Bug to help with youth educational programs at the Shell Museum! CLICK HERE

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Okay…. now back to paradise… Take a big, slow breath and clear your mind. Escape to the beach for a few minutes to find a few shells and feel the power of peace Mother Nature has given us.

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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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Seashell Treasures Brought to the Islands By Hermine

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Horse Conch, Hurricane Hermine, Lightning Whelk, Tropical Storm #9 Hermine, Whelk | 17 comments

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On your WHELK. Get CERITH.  GO Shelling!

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For the past 3 days, Southwest Florida has been peppered with high winds, rough and choppy seas in Gulf Of Mexico, rain showers and extreme tides. Thank goodness we didn’t get a direct hit from Tropical Depression #9 (now named Hurricane Hermine) on Wednesday, so it was safe to go scouring the island to find a huge shell pile that formed in the morning on the west end of Sanibel at Blind Pass that brought a few awesome treasures (top photo).

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After picking through those treasures for a while, I couldn’t wait to see what was happening on the east end of Sanibel at Lighthouse Beach.

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The gulf side was still too choppy but by the late afternoon the shells started piling up at the waters edge on the pier side of the lighthouse.

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Then more rain and more high winds… then…. fast forward to this morning at Lighthouse beach near the fishing pier again…. Shellzam!

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It was Shellmania! Shells started washing up on the beach but before they could even get on shore, we had a line of shellers sitting on the sand bar in the water having a spectacsheller time.

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It was total shelltopia! We all became fast friends after all 5 of these HORSE CONCHS were found in less than an hour. We would hear screams of joy when someone pulled another empty one up out of the shallow water then we splashed over to see the next trophy- give a big hug then oooh and ahhh. Such a blast!

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I found a HORSE CONCH too! It was very cool although it had lots of old barnacles and shell “crust” but since we have a few already at our house, I decided to gave it away in a “guess a number between 1 and 100” game with 9 other shellers. Congrats Andrea! haha So. Much. Fun.

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Feeling the anticipation of what a Tropical Depression in the Gulf Of Mexico like Hermine (aka “#9”) will do to our beaches if there’s no threat of danger, makes all shellers feel giddy with excitement.  If you’re an extreme sheller, this is what we wait for. It’s happiness. 

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While running the beaches the last 2 days, I met so many amazing people finding such awesome treasures. This is what makes the beach here so much fun- sharing the shelling love.

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We also saw Captain John shelling with his family Katherine and Jack at Blind Pass. He was the new captain with Captiva Cruises who captained our last iLoveShelling Adventure .  They just moved to Sanibel 2 months ago and looks like they’re already getting the hang of finding shells. Nice TULIP!
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I haven’t even gotten a chance to hit all the beaches because we still have storm bands driving thunderstorms though our area. Please remember…. any time you hear thunder PLEASE be safe and get off the beach. It’s so easy these days to find a good radar weather app to be aware of storm bands coming through so you can be prepared. If you don’t have your smart phone with you, the sound of thunder is Mother Nature’s warning signal to be safe and take cover. The shells can wait… Mother Nature knows best.

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More shell stories to come so stayed safe and stay tuned ;)

Until then, have a shell of a day!

PS- Hi Joey, I hope you got that little WHELK from your Gramma Sandy. ;)

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