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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

Sanibel seashells on driftwood

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.


Definitely exciting finding an empty KINGS CROWN.


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


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



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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Collecting Some Sanibel Beach Therapy

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Beach Therapy Video, Island Inn, Sanibel Hotels, Video | 22 comments

It takes a shell village

It’s so awesome to be included in such a fun event with the Island Inn like our shelltastic giveaway last week. I love to see how happy it makes so many folks for the chance to stay on our island for a few days. So while I was there at Island Inn dropping off my iLoveShelling shelling adventure gift certificate to be mailed to our winner Kristen S. (congrats again!), I stepped out on their beach and omigish…. I got lost for a few hours just soaking in some well needed beach therapy.

Sanibel seashells and wave water

I not only found their beach filled with shells and gorgeous calm water, I found myself wanting to include YOU in my beach walk too. I’m so sorry I haven’t made a video in so long! Just so you know Ive been thinking about y’all, here’s a few treasures I wanted to share along with this glorious day…

Oh and PS-

I got so stinkin tickled at you Dave Cunningham for putting this caption in our local paper! Congratshellations for your TWO junonias. Yes… Yes, Dave… you are the super sheller now. haha Shallzam!

Dave Cunningham to Pam Rambo newspaper clipping message


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Week Long Sunshine State of Mind

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Seashell Beach Video, Video | 6 comments

orange seashell candy corn-1

There’s nothing better to me than a happy face and Mary always makes me smile. Especially when we’re out on the water.

conch seashell cayo costa-1

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!

mary bondurant florida boat party cruise-1

What better way to celebrate Fred’s birthday… Happy Birthday Fred! So good to see John could come celebrate with you too.

fred john cayo birthday party-1

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!)

Shell love bug july 4 parde 2016

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.

Linda we love i Love Shelling 4th parade-1

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!

wish upon the shell love bug newspaper-1

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.

Yolo flyboard captiva florida-1

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.

Colin with Tulip Yolo flyboard Captiva-1

Thanks y’all for your great smiles and positive energy.


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Ebb And Flow Of Life and Shelling

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Blind Pass Video, Video | 17 comments

Sanibel Cockle shell at sunset-1

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.

Purple aperature Apple murex -1

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!).

Sanibel shelling with Dolphins -1

alex with dolphin-1

In the next minute, the tide may recede to reveal fresh beautiful shell treasures left on the sand.

Cone shell coral tinted cantharus tulip-1

These are a few shell souvenirs Amanda and J.J (from St Mary’s Island, Georgia) found at Blind Pass…. ALPHABET CONES.

Alphabet Cone Sanibel Amanda J.J. -1

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.

Carol TN shelling Sanibel Captiva-1

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.

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Sanibel’s Crazy Storm Of Beach Bling And Horse Conchs

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in After The Storm, Beach Bling Sea Debris, Conch, Horse Conch, Video | 19 comments

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Pouncing For Pretty Seashells

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blind Pass Video | 21 comments

shells from blind pass

Earlier this week there were all sorts of seashells washing up by the jetty rocks at Blind Pass on Captiva Island.

shell mound with shellers

OMG It was a sight to behold.

shells in waves

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!

conch shells piled in rock crevace

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. 

shells on the beach

Carole from Wisconsin found some awesome shells- that’s her hand in the top photo with the ALPHABET CONE.

finding shells

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.

junonia emperial venus bittersweet

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?

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