With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s nice to have just a calm quiet moment on the beach.
Finding a few shells along the way makes the moment even more special.
Running across creative seashell beach art is the icing on the caked sand.
Fabio M. posted a picture on the iLoveShelling Facebook page of their exshellent Sanibel version of a Snow Globe. Fabio and his wife made Sandy the Shellman (his new name!) mostly out of ARKS, CALICO SCALLOPS, DOSINIAS, SLIPPERS,and JINGLES… and a PEN SHELL nose.
After admiring their beach art masterpiece, I made up a song to commemorate Sandy The Shellman…
Sandy, the Shell Man was so happy he could yell
With a SLIPPER scarf and a PEN shell nose
And two eyes of JINGLE shells
O, Sandy the Shell Man
Was alive on Sanibel
On this sunny day, he could laugh and play
As we all do as we shell.
Their seashell beach art warms the heart…
I hope they don’t mind but it looks like the Seashell Fairy left a few additions to their art.
Just in case you need a breather from your busy December life too, take a break and walk the beach with me for 5 minutes. Its an instant de-stresser! Click on the video…
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Want more than CYBERSHELLING? Join me on a “live” Shelling Adventure…
Beach combing is a time to feel free, find respect and to share memories.
If you can’t enjoy beach combing for Memorial Day this year, I’d like to bring it to you with a stroll on the beach
We found a buffet of seashells at Blind Pass Captiva this morning for our Thanksgiving feast! I’d like to invite you to join us at our shell feast with some Thanksgiving Day CYBERSHELLING! If you like to stay dry doing the Sit ‘N Sift, here’s a shot of the shells on top of one of the piles. It’s completely random so I’m really not sure of whats in here so I hope you find something you like!
I snapped this next photo just before the waves came crashing down on the shells that just washed up. I only had a split second to scan it but you can take all the time you want. Ready to get your toes wet? Gobble ’em up!
We hope you are enjoying your day with friends and family or having a great time relaxing with the TV marathons or doing whatever gives you peace and thankfulness. Want more beach time? I’ve got so many more photos to show you from today’s shell cornucopia (Shellucopia) that will have to wait another day but for now… [youtube]http://youtu.be/4o9ctkQO3dY[/youtube]
Join me on a Shelling Adventure!…
Our Sanibel and Captiva beaches were pounded by 4 to 6 foot waves for three days because of high northwest winds from Hurricane Sandy so I assumed we would have lots of shells at Blind Pass Sunday morning at low tide. I was wrong… so I kept moving.
Gulf Side City Park showed promise!
It’s always a good sign to see PEN SHELLS! They get washed up first in a good storm so you know that there are better collectable shells on the way. I was lucky to see a SEA WHIP caught in this group of PEN SHELLS. I love these purple ones.
After walking east only 1/4 mile, we found a nice shell pile!
My first find… a beautiful dark WORMIE!
And a candy corn for Halloween. See it trying to hide?
Then I found a TULIP, WHELK and CONCH…
I saw Kim from Michigan find a gorgeous TRUE TULIP rolling in the surf.
Are you ready to go shelling? Okay, then… Let’s go CYBER SHELLING! Click on the next photo to enlarge this random photo I took of the shell pile. Notice how many beautiful SCALLOPS there are…
I think today will be even better but I’ll never know until I get there. As we all know, the beach changes every single day but I think Blind Pass will take another day to load up with shells so I’m headed back to one of Sanibel’s mid island beaches…. like Gulf Side City Park again.
Hurricane Sandy may be bringing us a few new shells to get excited about but we are very worried about all of you and our families that are up north bracing for Sandy and the “Super Storm” (as they are calling it). Please be safe!
It’s not unusual to see COWNOSE RAYS swimming along Sanibel’s shoreline… but this was the first time we witnessed a beautiful SPOTTED EAGLE RAY surfing along the coast near shore today. I got him on video so you can see too! We saw this guy half way between Blind Pass and Bowman’s Beach while participating in the 2012 Coastal Cleanup organized by SCCF. It was really fun but I’ll show you photos of that later since I can’t wait another minute to show you Spot, The Sanibel SPOTTED EAGLE RAY. See Spot swim!
Okay, I know… I’ve gotten lots of requests for more cyber shelling so to hold yall over, we saw this on our walk today…. find as many as you can!
Here you go Cyber Shellers! Now you can virtually shell from the comfort of your own home with the help of this wonderful world wide web. Go ahead, click on the next photo so you can be right there on the beach with me when thousands of shells were piling up at Blind Pass Captiva days after Hurricane Isaac passed by in the Gulf Of Mexico. I did not arrange any of these shells! This is exactly what it looked like as they rushed up with each wave so try to find as many shells that you can!
On your mark… get set…. SHELL!
If you need help with identifying any shells, click here on my SEASHELL IDENTIFICATION page.
PS- Please accept my apologies for those of you that I met on the beach this week and have not yet shown off your treasures. This week was so very eventful, I had to take a day or 2 to catch up. I promise I will post them soon because y’all are MY treasures! xo