There’s nothing better to me than a happy face and Mary always makes me smile. Especially when we’re out on the water.
I was lucky to be on this party boat cruise to Cayo Costa to beat the heat of July 4th week. A perfect reason to pop out and splash around with picturesque parasols. So cute!
What better way to celebrate Fred’s birthday… Happy Birthday Fred! So good to see John could come celebrate with you too.
Talk about happy faces… Shell Love Bug made an appearance at the Sanibel 4th Of July parade. We were smiling every inch of Periwinkle Way and saw soooo many happy faces as we made our way from Bailey’s to Jerry’s. (Thanks for the photo Sandy!)
Omigosh! We passed the most fabshellous sign I’ve ever seen! haha I only got to meet Linda in the brief encounter as we passed by but you make me so happy every year, Miss Yaya. You have a beautiful mission and keep me smiling.
I woke up last week to see this clipping in one of our local newspapers… Congratshellations Amy S! She made a wish upon Shell Love Bug on National Seashell Day and look what happened. Thanks for the shout out!
Ok… and for something a little different, I always feel like summer is the time to try new things to beat the heat. Soooooo since You Only Live Once…. I tried the Flyboard at YOLO Captiva. I was flying! OMG This was such an amazing time.
My Flyboard instructor Colin found a teeny tiny BANDED TULIP but couldnt identify it. He asked … “Is this a JUNONIA?” haha Not this time Colin but we might make a sheller out of you yet.
Thanks y’all for your great smiles and positive energy.
It’s the ebb and flow of shelling that keeps me going to the beach over and over again. I always see something different with every tide… like the orange sun setting over an orange COCKLE or this brilliant purple opening of this APPLE MUREX.
At any given moment, the tide may bring DOLPHINS in so close to the shore they may swim right next to a sheller (like this week!).
In the next minute, the tide may recede to reveal fresh beautiful shell treasures left on the sand.
These are a few shell souvenirs Amanda and J.J (from St Mary’s Island, Georgia) found at Blind Pass…. ALPHABET CONES.
It was also lovely to meet Carol (TN) under the Blind Pass bridge while we scooped up a few shells in the current as the tide was coming back in.
I’m so sorry I haven’t been making more videos lately, but …. to make it up to you… here’s a short video I filmed just moments before I met Carol. I love days when I catch the tide just right as the water is shallow and calm enough to see the shells roll by in the current. So take a break from your ebb and flow of your own world and come cybershelling with me for a just a minute. I think you’ll see that change is a beautiful thing.
Earlier this week there were all sorts of seashells washing up by the jetty rocks at Blind Pass on Captiva Island.
OMG It was a sight to behold.
Although most of the FIGHTING CONCHS you see in the photos were still alive, there were lots of shells there that were completely empty but you had to be fast to get them in the surf. I only had maybe 3 seconds to see the shells in a crevice between the rocks before the water rushed in and swept them away. So much fun!
Because of the high winds last weekend, the gulf water got pretty rough and the waves kept piling shells up over and over. It’s an amazing sight to see since we don’t get to witness that every day.
Carole from Wisconsin found some awesome shells- that’s her hand in the top photo with the ALPHABET CONE.
There was a crowd out there scooping in the water, digging around the rocks, doin’ the sit ‘n sift, and like me… pacing back and forth scanning and pouncing. Here are my fave finds … oh yea, baby, it’s just a piece but it’s the prettiest piece of JUNONIA I could have found. But what beats that for me is the IMPERIAL VENUS(resting between my pointer and middle finger). We rarely find IMPERIAL VENUS CLAMS so for me this is an exshellent find (IMHO – in my humble opinion). I was also really happy to find the sweet little lemon SCALLOP (aka LEMON PECTIN), CARRIER SHELL, BITTERSWEET and the fabulous chuck of CORAL. There were quite a few LIGHTNING WHELKS and MUREXES but these were particularly pretty to me.
So… I made a video! Like I said on one of my previous videos- Im having some trouble uploading videos clearly to the internet. Please tell me if it comes out clear to you and it’s worth doing it this way from now on? It was so cool revisiting it, so I sure hope you like it too. Enjoy the shelling adventure with us at Blind Pass…
Join me on an iLoveShelling Adventure on a boat cruise to the out islands- CLICK HERE
PS- We had a huge storm that swept through SW Florida this morning so all of our beaches have changed since I took these photos. After the storm calmed down today, I went to the Sanibel Lighthouse and found the road was getting washed away near the fishing pier parking lot. The water was so high, it was almost up to the entrance of the beach accesses on the gulf side of the east end too. I haven’t made it to Blind Pass but I can make a pretty easy bet that this whole pile of shells in this video have been swept back out in the Gulf Of Mexico… but they will be back on their own time. Only Mother Nature knows when. She sure likes to dangle carrots and play games in our great beach combing treasure hunt, doesn’t she?
It was a weekend wonderland on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva with plenty of shells to pick, sift and sort.
Bowman Beach was by far the best for beach combing along a stretch of shell strewn piles.
Holy Cowrie, we found an enormous shell pile! The shells in the first photo were all found in this massive mound- Boom Shellalaka!
On Saturday at Blind Pass Captiva, a cool front blew through that brought a sweet shell shelf that formed at the jetty. I found some nice treasures within just a few minutes.
Unfortunately, this huge shell mound didn’t last long at Blind Pass. Most of these shells in the next photo were swept back out to sea just as fast as they were pushed in.
I also made a stop at Gulfside City Park this weekend to find some very cool SPONGES and scattered shells…
After hitting the beaches in the morning, it was so exciting to be part of the Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade again this year. I was a judge again like last year!
The Remax Whoville golf cart was so adorable!
John and Denice Beggs of Royal Shell had Frosty the Island Snowmen scooting around on their fabulous Happy Huladays float…
The Hippy Holiday girls were far out, man with the groovy beat of the Christmas holiday.
Santa had his boat afloat with the Burns Family diving under the sea with fish, mermaids and snorkelers.
With so many creative floats, it was sooooo hard to choose so I’m so glad I had the help of the 2 other judges – Queenie and Captiva Firefighter Paul. The peoples choice winner still has yet to be announced – go to Captiva Golf Cart Parade on Facebook tomorrow (December 22, 2015) to vote.
Wishing you lots of holiday spirit with a video of beach combing on Bowmans Beach this weekend. Happy Shelladays!