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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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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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Juvie Junonia Sweet Success

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blind Pass, Blind Pass Video, Captiva, Junonia, Video | 30 comments

Junonia with clam shells on Sanibel

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!

Diane from Tucson with junonia

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.

pink sheller in shell pile

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…

Shells build up at Blind Pass Captiva at jetty


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.

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Beach Love And Seashells

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blind Pass, Blind Pass Video, Captiva, CyberShelling, Video | 25 comments

Seashells with aqua flip flop toes on the beach
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.

Dreaming of seashells, sunshine and blue ocean

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.

The perfect day. Beach, Waves and Seashells.

Each wave brings a special gift.

seahells in bubbling waves

With no preconceived expectations, the surprise of seeing Mother Nature’s treasures wash up is the greatest gift of all.
collecting seashells on Captiva Island Florida after cold front

Pam, Deb and Dave were there to see the glorious day over the weekend…

pam, deb, dave from s dakota visit captiva shells


Beach treasures and seashells found on Captiva

There’s no better view in the world.

Flip flops and seashells on the beach. Paradise

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?

PS- Gulfside City Park has major Beach Bling too!

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Eggshellent Easter Scallops

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Blind Pass Video, Calico, Rough scallop, Scallop, Scallop Video | 24 comments

Easter Eggshellent Scallop Shells

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!

Just an FYI- I took the video during last week’s shell pile at Blind Pass Captiva.

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Peace, Beach and Seashells

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blind Pass, Blind Pass Video, Captiva, Railroad Vine | 17 comments

sanibel beach daisies sea oats

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…

hand full of sanibel seashells

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…

carol wylie texas vistit sanibel shelling

She said she was extremely happy to be in Sanibel where there are shells to be found. Me too, Carol!

carol seashells shelling sanibel

 I always love being with my family in Virginia Beach… but there’s no place like Sanibel.

Railroad vine sanibel purple flower

There’s no place like home in paradise.

beach daisy sea oat welcome beach

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!


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