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Shelling Out A New Look For iLoveShelling

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 45 comments

iLoveShelling aqua hermit junonia shell c


Holy Cowrie! Can you believe iLoveShelling is almost 6 years old?

When a Hermit Crab grows too big for her shell, she has to go searching for a bigger shinier shell so she can grow gracefully and won’t be so cramped in her broken down little shell. So after 6 years in a small little shell with lots of wear and tear, has a new website designed shell with all the latest technology. Ok, but she didn’t go for the high def sound system, the sounds of the ocean waves are perfect as they are. And she didn’t go for the loud alarm system either… her crab claws are fantastic pinchers already too.

You can now read easier on your mobile devices and tablets. Shellzam!  This is the biggest change- you don’t have to go through all of the shellnanigans of pinching the screen any more because it’s got that cool new menu shellamajiggy.

Oh and… I’d love feedback! Especially if something isn’t working correctly so right up there near the title of this post, you can see “Comment”- just click on that and you can read the other comments or write one of your own. You know how these things go, it’s always a work in progress for me so if you are seeing the site discombobshellated, please let me know what you are viewing it on (like what kind of computer, phone or tablet) and what its doing?

So bear with me as I get some of the other pages updated then I’ll have more beach combing photos, videos and lots more shell stories that will carry us through the next 6 years so we can still shell together and learn more about the beaches that make our souls so complete.

UPDATE: Whew…. The comment section is fixed so please comment away!

new shell website pic for iLoveShelling




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Neptune’s Beach Game

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 23 comments

Hundreds of fighting conchs on Sanibel beach

King Neptune must have lots of fun seeing our jaws drop when he pulls the tide out and lets us peek at all the living creatures on the sea bed during a full moon.

Sanibel full moon shelling at low tide

I can just see Mother Nature giggling at him then scattering a few empty treasures on the shore and coloring the sky to play along in the Neptune’s beach drama game.

Few of my fave beach finds Sanibel

Clark was happy to play along to collect her shell loot.

Clark's Sanibel shells one May eve

Chris and Jamie (MO) were there to witness the fun of King Neptune and Mother Nature at Gulfside City Park.

Chris and Jamie MO find Sanibel seashells

They sounded just like Clark and me when we “co-mingle” our shells and then try to claim the ones we “know” we found. “No, I found that one!”-  “No, you didn’t, I found that ALPHABET CONE”. hahaha Well whoever found it, it’s going to the same house so all is good.

Chris Jamie Sanibel shells

Jason along with his kids Grayson, Katelyn, Leah and Gavin were at Lighthouse beach to see the amazement of all of the live FIGHTING CONCHS. They all found empty shells as well to take home to Jacksonville to have fun identifying later.

Shellers Grayson, Jason, Katelyn, Leah, Gavin from Jacksonville


Beach Bling. marine egg capsules coral sea whips

And there’s one more egg case we can’t quite positively identify… anybody know?

seashells egg case capsules

My fave thing the whole weekend was this little tiny heart drilled in a PENN SHELL. I don’t know why… it just made me incredibly happy to discover it when there was so much obvious beauty surrounding me.

Sweet heart in a penn shell

It made me feel like a kid.

little shellers collecting sea shells

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As The Sanibel Shells Turn

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 26 comments

An hour of Sanibel shelling

Someone must have put in a good word to Mother Nature for me. I put in an order for lots of sea shells for my family’s Sanibel visit…

Collecting Sanibel shells from the shore

Whoever whispered into her ear- Thank You. She delivered!

Fave Sanibel shells for the day in April

There were shells washing in with each wave but you had to be fast to grab them.

Picking up shells from ocean tide

So check out this next photo and see how many shells were built up around that old wooden jetty (bulkhead) on Monday…

Sanibel beach filled with sea shells

I went back to this same spot yesterday late afternoon and saw this…. most shells completely swept away. It’s so wild how fast that happens!

Sanibel wood jetty bulkhead without many shells

Yes, I still found some beautiful treasures last night but no where near the amounts earlier in the week. I had to get IN the water to find this PAPER FIG, BANDED TULIP, PEAR WHELK, MAUVE-MOUTH DRILL and juvie FIGHTING CONCH (back row) and CHESTNUT TURBAN and CALICO SCALLOP in the front.

Sanibel shells from the surf

Slightly different from the ones earlier in the week crashing up on to the beach like all of these…

Some faves of Sanibel shelling day

Again, the power of Mother Nature! That’s what keeps us coming back over an over again- every single day the beaches change. As The Shells Turn. Oh and check out my fave shell of the week- this awesome “Lemon Pecten” scallop.

Sanibel lemon pecten shell

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On Top Of Shell Mountain

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

finding shells in a seashell mound florida

A mountain of shells washed in with the tide over the weekend at Blind Pass Captiva!

shell mound at jetty rocks captiva

Picking up shells in my first fifteen minutes produced these awesome shells and bling…

colorful captiva shells and bling

Todd and his sister-in-law Amy from New York were there early Sunday morning to pick through the pile.

todd amy from new york visit captiva for shells

Theses are just a few of their faves- Shelltastic!

shells of captiva island florida

Loretta from Cape Coral was lucky enough to be there too…

Loretta from Cape Coral finds shells on Captiva

She was looking for the other half of this JUNONIA piece…

shells and coral

I had no idea this pile at Blind Pass Captiva had formed on Saturday morning until I met Todd and his wife at sunset Saturday night. They told me they were there to witness the beach at Blind Pass go from only sand to that mound of shells in just a few hours…. and I missed it. Dang! But it was so much fun to talk to hear them talk about how it was just like one of my videos- heehee. It’s really hard to imagine until you see it for your very own eyes because it doesn’t happen very often. At least I was able to be there Sunday morning and to see them again on the shell mound.

shellers with pam rambo captiva

While Todd and his family were at Blind Pass on Saturday, Clark and I scoped out Lighthouse Beach and Gulfside City Park.

beach combing gulfside city park sanibel

We still had a great time meeting Nora from Cape Coral who found a bag full of great shells but her fave was this perfect ALPHABET CONE.

Nora from Cape Coral found cone shell on Sanibel

We found plenty of empty FIGHTING CONCHS, WHELKS and BANDED TULIPS but my fave finds were the smallest ones… a gorgeous TRUE TULIP and the prettiest little GULF OYSTER DRILL I’ve ever seen.

true tulip and gulf oyster drill with shell collection

Well, wait a minute. My fave finds just may have been meeting Carter from Wyoming and his parents Dawn and Jason. They love shelling too!

carter, dawn and jason from wyoming collect sanibel shells

Hopefully the Gulf Of Mexico will continue to deliver treasures to our shore in Southwest Florida this week…

orange seashells

But Mother Nature has a way of taking these big shell mounds back out to sea just a quickly as she washed them up.

Excavating a shell mound Captiva Island

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Sanibel Treasures Revealed at Low Tide

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 27 comments

Fist full of dollars. Sand dollars, that is

I found a fist full of dollars at Gulfside City Park Beach this weekend. SAND DOLLARS, that is.

sanddollar covered in sand

The evening low tide revealed live and dead SAND DOLLARS (CLICK HERE to see the difference between live and dead SAND DOLLARS)… but the coolest thing was to see all of the other living creatures we don’t get to see often. Look at this awesome live SHARKS EYE. Cool!

Live sharks eye mollusk in sand

This is a live pear whelk…

live pear whelk on sanibel beach

You wanna guess what live MOLLUSK this next photo is? It came out of a hole in the sand then made a trail along the sand bar. It’s long and white.

live baby ear mollusk trail on beach

Here’s another photo… I’ll let you think about it then I’ll tell you at the end of this post.

baby ear mollusk trail Sinum perspectivum

Look at this beautiful flowering purple SEA ANEMONE. Gorgeous!

sanibel purple sea anemone flower

Since we had two nice low tides each day this weekend (one at sunrise and one at sunset), I even got out to Lighthouse Beach at sunrise (I know, that’s unlike me! haha) to see thousands of live FIGHTING CONCHS invading the beach.

fighting conch shells invade the sanibel beach

Most were alive but there were a few empties scattered on the beach…

sanibel sunrise with shells

It’s always overwhelming to see so many…

thousands of shells at low tide on sanibel

Among the live creatures, there were a few empty gifts from the sea as well. Gorgeous BANDED TULIP.

banded tulip in the sand

Awesome orange CHESTNUT TURBAN…

orange chestnut turban shell on sanibel beach

And lots of other empty gems I found half buried in the sand to reveal their gorgeous selves.

Oh and the live MOLLUSK pictured above with the trail? It’s a BABYS EAR! Cool, huh? To see more LIVE BABYS EARS… CLICK HERE

flip flop beach finds on sanibel island florida

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And The Winner Is…

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 13 comments

Prize winner of Pam Rambo Shellography Photography


Holy Cowrie! It was an amazing day at Congress Jewelers debuting my Shellography Photography… and we had such a fun time giving away prizes.

Melissa Congress reached in the urchin bowl to pick a name from all of the entries…. Our winner of the Junonia In The Surf Shellograph is Maureen F of Lexington! I emailed her to tell her she had won… and she replied with oodles of excitement and told me she already has the perfect spot to hang it.  junonia canvas shellography by pam rambo

To make the event even more fun, Scot Congress decided to pick another winner… Jessica S. from CT!  She won a Sealife By Congress sterling silver Sanibel Island Junonia pendant!

sanibel island junonia pendant


Congratshellations Maureen and Jessica! It was so much fun to talk with you both with the announcement.

Pam Rambo Melissa and Scott Congress pick art winner

I was really touched by the people who showed up to hang out with me and talk shelling. I was thrilled to see Tina and Skip and talk about a few days that we saw each other at Blind Pass when the shells were piling up during Thanksgiving a few years ago (CLICK HERE to see that day). Awwww…. they bought my Sanibel Lighthouse shellograph. Thanks you guys!

Tina, Pam and Skip with Sanibel Lighthouse canvas shellograph art

So much fun with Bobbi and Dale who took back to Wisconsin this WHELK shellograph. Thank you!

Pam Rambo Bobbi Dale with Whelk canvas Shellograph

Judith said this was the perfect blue in the SHARKS EYE shellograph for her home. Sweet!

judith with sharks eye shellography art by pam rambo

Sue and Garry from Naples have known the Congresses for many years so it was a pleasure to meet them. They took home the Apple Shell Cart shellograph. Be still my heart!

Sue and Garry buy Apple Shell canvas art Shellograph photograph Pam Rambo

Clark and I met Al years ago on the beach when his wife Mimi found a SEAHORSE (CLICK HERE) so it was lots of fun reminiscing about that whole day.

Al with shells to be identified during Pam Rambo art show

Along with quite a few other people, he brought in a few shells to be identified and to show off the colors on his spectacsheller TINTED CANTHARUS. Seriously, it was the best specimen I’ve ever seen. He also has a FROND OYSTER, RIBBED CANTHARUS and ROSE MUREX. I love seeing cool beach finds!

frond oyster, tinted cantharus, rose murex


I am very grateful for Melissa and Scot at Congress Jewelers for their encouragement of my Shellography and their love for the shelling community. If you are interested in any of my pieces or their jewelry, contact 239-472-4177 or emails at [email protected]

Oh and don’t forget! On every iLoveShelling Shelling Adventure cruise, you will receive a $25 gift certificate for Sealife By Congress…


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