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, iLoveShelling.com 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 iLoveShelling.com 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!
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.
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.
Clark was happy to play along to collect her shell loot.
Chris and Jamie (MO) were there to witness the fun of King Neptune and Mother Nature at Gulfside City Park.
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.
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.
Oh my… and the BEACH BLING. Such cool bling like MUREX EGG CASE (back), MERMAID PURSES (SKATE EGG CASES), CORAL, SEA WHIPS, URCHINS, STRIATE PIDDOCKS drilling holes in DRIFT WOOD and a black ROUGH SCALLOP.
And there’s one more egg case we can’t quite positively identify… anybody know?
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.
It made me feel like a kid.
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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…
Whoever whispered into her ear- Thank You. She delivered!
There were shells washing in with each wave but you had to be fast to grab them.
So check out this next photo and see how many shells were built up around that old wooden jetty (bulkhead) on Monday…
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!
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.
Slightly different from the ones earlier in the week crashing up on to the beach like all of these…
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.
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A mountain of shells washed in with the tide over the weekend at Blind Pass Captiva!
Picking up shells in my first fifteen minutes produced these awesome shells and bling…
Todd and his sister-in-law Amy from New York were there early Sunday morning to pick through the pile.
Theses are just a few of their faves- Shelltastic!
Loretta from Cape Coral was lucky enough to be there too…
She was looking for the other half of this JUNONIA piece…
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.
While Todd and his family were at Blind Pass on Saturday, Clark and I scoped out Lighthouse Beach and Gulfside City Park.
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.
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.
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!
Hopefully the Gulf Of Mexico will continue to deliver treasures to our shore in Southwest Florida this week…
But Mother Nature has a way of taking these big shell mounds back out to sea just a quickly as she washed them up.
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I found a fist full of dollars at Gulfside City Park Beach this weekend. SAND DOLLARS, that is.
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!
This is a live pear whelk…
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.
Here’s another photo… I’ll let you think about it then I’ll tell you at the end of this post.
Look at this beautiful flowering purple SEA ANEMONE. Gorgeous!
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.
Most were alive but there were a few empties scattered on the beach…
It’s always overwhelming to see so many…
Among the live creatures, there were a few empty gifts from the sea as well. Gorgeous BANDED TULIP.
Awesome orange CHESTNUT TURBAN…
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
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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.
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!
Congratshellations Maureen and Jessica! It was so much fun to talk with you both with the announcement.
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!
So much fun with Bobbi and Dale who took back to Wisconsin this WHELK shellograph. Thank you!
Judith said this was the perfect blue in the SHARKS EYE shellograph for her home. Sweet!
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!
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.
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!
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 Melissa@scongress.com.
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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