Sunday afternoon we were out in the cold and howling north west winds watching the shells start to pile up on the sand bar at Blind Pass on Captiva. I know I’ve been talking so much about this new sand bar….. but when it’s good, it’s super shellacious! There were too many FIGHTING CONCHS and OLIVES to count with TULIPS, CORAL and CONES mixed in too. My favorite part of the video is when I found the biggest FLAT I’ve ever found and then I saw Melinda ( it was so windy, I hope I heard her name right) find her sa-weeet ALPHABET CONE.
Come along on this shelling trip with me ….without getting cold and wet!
Rats! I am at work and can’t watch the video. First thing when I get home however! I love olives and only found a piece of one in July. All those shells make me salivate….I am so happy that shelling is good and I get to experience it through you. Hope it stays great for a long, long time.
“Real shellers don’t care if they get cold and wet!!” LOL….Aren’t we just crazy people…love it! Maybe you should carry that bumper sticker in your line of product goodies, LOL
LOL…. but on a “normal” day, I think it the bumper sticker should say “Real shellers are HOT” heehee
AMEN! A little cold, wind and yes, even sand and rain blowing sideways doesn’t stop us hearty souls! Shelling was fabulous! Thanks Pam!
Thanks for the shelling trip! It makes it even harder to wait the 4 months til we arrive on Sanibel.
So many treasures, it felt like I was actually there as I watched your video, my 14 year old daughter said.. Mom, when are we going back to Sanibel… we just got back not that long ago. That shell scooper really does wonders too. I can’t wait to see the new sandbar with or without shells.
I had to watch that one full-screen size to get maximum cybershelling enjoyment!
Now I have no choice but to make that excursion down there when I go to Florida this Friday! But watch…nothing will come up the days I go!
What a great treasure day!
Shelling is always a serendipitious thing but starting Jan 1 there is a week of early morning minus 0.7 plus low tides. If you get out to Blind Pass with a flashlight at 4-5 am any morning you’ll beat the crowds and by the time the sun comes up you’ll have a bucketful. You’ll probably trip over me if uou are there on the 4th.
Here’s to making the planet a better place one shell at a time!
Is it sad that my mouth is watering watching that video?
Wow! That was so fun! I also had to watch that full screen multiple times and my daughter and I had to keep pushing “pause” to take it all in! I am hoping and praying that we can have some fun success in shelling next week.
I thought it would have been so fun to hear you start screaming and see the camera going up and down cuz you were jumping like crazy that you had found a Junionia :)
I have been showing my kids all of the information I possibly can on your site here to teach them what we need to look for. So they of course know about the Junionia! Well, on Christmas day, my daughter got new stuffed animal and she exclaims, “I’m naming her JUNONIA!” We’re aren’t excited at all… lol
There is a blizzard starting as we speak here in Utah and although we are excited for the nicer weather, it sounds like we shouldn’t hope for too nice cuz those windy days mean shells!
I am so happy yall are liking this video!!!! I was thinking I needed to pan a little slower but I couldn’t help but look so quickly from side to side in case a really good one was about to get away. It’s way too exciting to just sit still while the shells are rushing in. LOL
And Kelli, that is just the cutest thing that your daughter named her new Christmas stuffed animal JUNONIA!!! That must be a pretty special stuffed animal, huh? ;)
Well, now I just want to reach right in that computer screen and pick up all those fabulouso shells!! What fun:)
That is one HUGE zig zag scallop. Wow!!
Met you on Mon. morning…..fierce winds….you showed me your beautiful flat scallop…that day at blind pass at 8am, I found a beautiful cone, plus, a gorgeous orange horse conch…..however, bummed that i am only here thru this Sat Jan/ 1st…. winds hae died….only get to Captiva once a year… what do I do? where do I go with no winds??? Help???? xo thanks for turning me on to your site…. Colleen
I’ll be there in 10 days – save some shells for me! How cold is the water on your feet?
I saw on the news that the water is now around 60 degrees. There would have to be an *awfully nice* shell visible to get me in that cold water!
Oh wow-such a great video. I felt like I was there—-now I’ve got fingerprints all over my screen from trying to grab that flat out of your hand. I wish I was still there, blue feet, dripping nose and all.
I am still going through my finds from two weeks ago, bleaching and cleaning. I will post a picture of some of my favorites as soon as I stop drooling…….
Great video! Wahhhhh, I wanna come down from the FL north woods and play!
You have such awesome goodies every day. Your pix always bring a smile to my face when I see the sand, sun and surf. Oh, yeh, the SHELLS! Woo hoo.
Yall are as crazy as I am, aren’t you!!! Love it! Thanks for all of your fabulous comments.
Last week I visited from NJ and went to the shell pile. Both my Mom and sister found beautiful olive shells. What a treat to see what you are showing. I wouldn’t have gone there but read your blog. Sanibel is a blast!
Finally made it home to see the video. Fabulous. Pam, I dont know how you keep a camera, but am thankful that you manage to keep it safe and dry to share with us. I can’t believe the shelling! woohooo for you guys :)
Kelli – I love it that your daughter named her stuffed animal “Junonia” Too cute. Wishing you lots of success next week.
I’m crying……and jealous
I’ve got to show this video to my family! they’ve come from Iowa for their Christmas vacation and have suddenly developed a passion for shelling after a visit to the Shell Factory…we’re heading out to Stump Pass to check out the dredging…they’ve managed to find a swarm of “common finds, good finds, and 4 rare finds” according to the laminated folder of Florida shells. It’s been fun to see my oldest grandson get so interested in something like this…my daughter and her husband, too…very cute shelling family!
Great video, Pam! I feel like I’m there again. Love it all, especially that coral! ~ Maria
WONDERFUL VIDEO! I was so homesick for my parents who live on Sanibel now and didn’t get to see them for Christmas….now I feel better!!!! I LOVE the
shelling spot. I was there during the construction for the past few years and this year looks like a banner load of treasures. :) Hope to ‘meet’ you at this spot in February. I’m the gal with the pony tail and two tweens! :)
After I showed my husband the video, I asked him if he wanted to do a “quickie” and he smiled back. Then I said you really want to do a “quickie” trip down to Sanibel? I guess I’ll just have to be happy following your blog. I can’t believe the sandbar hasn’t disappeared, love those flats.
Nice flat! Looks like I may be back down that way in February looking for my elusive Junonia and a few other goodies to fill my bucket.
Happy New Year Pam and Clark!