Finding a JUNONIA is always a sweet success but finding a teenie tiny juvie JUNONIA is (in my humble opinion) the best ever! My heart is so happy for shelling sistah “Diane From Tucson” because she is just about the sweetest thing put on this planet. Shellzam!
She found this special JUNONIA on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass down near that wood jetty that gets uncovered every once in a while. Congratshellations, Diane. Here she is looking for another one- heehee.
After hanging out with her for a while, I got the itch to see what was happening on the Captiva side of Blind Pass. Holy Cowrie! A huge shell pile was forming right before my eyes…
I’ve got so many photos but the best way to describe it is to show you in a video. Now, hang on… put your sea legs on and get your seasick patch secured because of course I was excited, overwhelmed and trying to shell while shooting this footage so I did the best I could to carry you along. You will see lots of things I missed so you might catch yourself yelling at me to pick them up… it’s ok. I understand and you can yell at me all you want because I did the same thing when I watched for the first time. There is another great WORMIE I missed. Ack! Anyway, Enjoy your time on the shell pile and I’ll show you more photos later. [youtube]http://youtu.be/EOZ3sfSlbMI[/youtube]
It’s a special moment to witness the power of Mother Nature as she displays some of her greatest works of art at the tip of your flip flops.
It seems in the blink of an eye, there is a sand bar that formed between Sanibel and Captiva at Blind Pass... and the next moment there are new shells washing on top of it.
Each wave brings a special gift.
With no preconceived expectations, the surprise of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures wash up is the greatest gift of all.
Pam, Deb and Dave were there to see the glorious day over the weekend…
They were happy to see FIGHTING CONSH, KITTENS PAWS, CERITHS, CHESTNUT TURBANS, colorful SCALLOPS, WORM SHELLS, COCKLES and WHELKS.
There’s no better view in the world.
Take a little escape for a moment… Feel the sunshine and imagine your cute toes in flip flops… then click on this next video. Ahhhh. You feel it? [youtube]http://youtu.be/q07XA7Q49jg[/youtube]
PS- Gulfside City Park has major Beach Bling too!
On Sanibel, the Easter Bunny doesn’t dye colorful egg shells… our Bunny brings colorful SCALLOP SHELLS that want to wish you an eggshellent Easter![youtube]http://youtu.be/TZbIqtCX7Iw[/youtube]
Just an FYI- I took the video during last week’s shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva.
Being away from Sanibel for even just a few days makes me appreciate every single grain of sand, every petal of each flower, every splash of water lapping up on all of our shell filled beaches. My home sweet home to handfuls of shells…
I couldn’t wait to get my feet on the beach to enjoy my favorite place of peace. While on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass this morning, I met Bonnie from Maryland who showed me her FLORIDA CONE and the rest of her awesome shells she collected (above photo). Then I met Carol from Texas with her shirt filled with treasures…
She said she was extremely happy to be in Sanibel where there are shells to be found. Me too, Carol!
I always love being with my family in Virginia Beach… but there’s no place like Sanibel.
There’s no place like home in paradise.
Oh but wait… there’s more. I went over to the Captiva side of Blind Pass too to find beautifully clear water and an “OLIVE garden”! I took a little video of some of the LETTERED OLIVES I found and just how peaceful the beach was… even when the helicopter flew by. Our mosquitos are controlled with spraying from a helicopter… so that’s always a happy site to see. Enjoy the peace, beach, water and shells!
We didn’t see an abundance of shells on the beaches of Sanibel earlier this week but now the winds have changed from east to west along with evening negative low tides throughout the weekend… soooo… now we are finding shells again!
We weren’t the only ones that found this little sweet spot on Sanibel about a half mile on from the bridge that connects Sanibel to Captiva at Blind Pass. Judy B found the Sanibel Six plus lots more…
Judy B was on the iLoveShelling cruise to Cayo Costa on Sunday so I was thrilled to see her again on the beach with her son (in the water shelling).
After I took that photo of her hand with all of the shells, about 30 minutes later, she showed me another gorgeous handful of shells she just found. I couldn’t resist! I had to take another photo with that spectasheller GAUDY NATICA (COLORFUL MOON SHELL), NUTMEGS, BANDED TULIP, CHESTMUT TURBAN and that SPINY JEWELBOX with such nice spines…
Ron and Sharon (South Dakota) and Annie, Rachael and cutie little Keara (in front) from Minnesota were all scooping shells out of the surf too…
They found quite an awesome assortment…
I started shelling right beside Lynn and Ed from Pompano and saw they were having a ball finding great shells. They said this was the best shelling they had seen all week…
Lynn showed me her bag filled with BANDED TULIPS and more…
But hold on… I have video of them! LOL I started taking a movie of all of the shells in the water and saw them keep picking up shells so I had to ask what they had. Ha! It’s hard for me to concentrate on talking while I’m filming because I get so distracted so easily. Errrr… and it’s the first time I’ve ever turned the camera on myself. Oh well, I’ll get more comfortable one day if I do more of that nonsense. Who knows but click on the vid to see…
Super Sheller Clark lived up to his name again and pulled out a perfect ALPHABET CONE and he also found one of those chocolate colored LACE MUREXES but I still havent taken a photo of it. Oh and Judy B found a dark LACIE too…but no photo- sorry! Here’s Clark with his ALPHIE though…
We also saw Christy and Larry from TN who were on the iLS shelling cruise too! They were not going to be outdone by Clark or anybody else by finding a brilliant bright orange mid size HORSE CONCH and a perfect FLAT SCALLOP…
And lemme tell you, Larry is funnier than a June Bug! After showing me his perfect FLAT SCALLOP, he then showed me this shell and said “Now I’m FLAT broke!” LOL
Here they are with another treasure, their daughter Sarah…
The evenings right now are perfect on the beach. Low humidity, 80 degrees, no bugs, low tide and shells.
We also had a little eye candy on the way home off San Cap Rd. Can you see the baby ALLIGATOR on the bike path?
Now you can see it a little better. Wild, huh?
If there is a better souvenir than finding an awesome LIGHTNING WHELK like this to remember a wonderful vacation… I dont know about it.
Therese told me she only saw a tiny bit of the top of this shell and thought it looked interesting enough to start digging around it. Then she realized it was this perfectly empty WHELK! Congratshellations Therese! She and her husband Dan (visiting from Minnesota) had an exshellent afternoon at Blind Pass Captiva under the bridge at low tide filling up their shell bags with WHELKS, CONCHS, OLIVES and one nice piece of a JUNONIA.
She even found one of the biggest CHESTNUT TURBANS I’ve seen in a while too…
Wendy (a local Sanibelian) found a few goodies to take home to make into jewelry…
She also found a SHIVA SHELL (which I didnt even get a picture of – darn!- so CLICK HERE if you want to see one) and this incredible DOUBLE JEWELBOX. It has pieces of CORAL growing on it!
Clark found a few nice shells too but the one I got most excited about was the WHITE CRESTED TELLIN in the top left corner. We have found them more on Cayo Costa but to find one at Blind Pass is pretty rare. The shell in between the two OLIVES is a huge and thick weird shaped JINGLE I thought was interesting too. I love that weird stuff!
You really couldn’t see how big the NUTMEG was in the last photo so I thought I’d show you how big it is in Clark’s hand. It’s shellacious! It measures in at a whopping 48mm… which isn’t like a world record size (Susan H?) but it’s the biggest one we’ve seen in a long time!
I found a regular sized NUTMEG that I thought I’d keep along with a BITTERSWEET, a CALICO CLAM with a cool pattern, and my new faves- the CALICO SCALLOP.
We ended the evening watching another gorgeous sunset over a big pile of Sit ‘N Sift shells on the other side of the jetty rocks at Blind Pass Captiva.
The sky turns a lucious orange right at the horizon when the sun sets over the Gulf Of Mexico.
Then it melts into the water to end another sensational day on the island.
Oh Wait! I did take a short little video right when we first got to Blind Pass at 6pm yesterday. It’s just a little something to show you exactly where we were. This was right before Therese showed me her WHELK! Have a wonderful weekend!