The shelling was excellent all weekend after the storm early last week. Not only was I tickled to find this large TRUE TULIP, the FLAT SCALLOPS, HORSIES, the WORMIE and a piece of aqua SEA GLASS, I think finding 2 pieces of JUNONIA and 2 pieces of LION’S PAW is what turbo charged me to run from beach to beach to search the clues for the unbroken loot. The after-burners went into high gear. I know you already heard I hit gold with my JUNONIA and LION’S PAW but now they are all cleaned up so I have to show them just one more time (I know, I know… just humor me ;))….
Ahhhhh. Two out of The Elite Three. So for a while, I’m not coming down from being on cloud nine.
I saw lots of other shellers and friends enjoying the gifts of the sea too. Sunrise shellers Robert and Eileen…
Robertfound a LION’S PAW too! It has some barnacles but who cares! It is a huge whole one and will clean up nicely I’m sure.
The locals were out playing on the beach too. I ran into my friend Mary (Captiva) …
She found an ALPHABET CONE and a bright orange HORSE CONCH. Candy!
More of my buddies! I found Betsy and Sherrill sittin’ n siftin’ through another big shell pile…
King and Queen of this shell mountain, Kathy and Tony had it all to themselves…
Other than shells, the storm brought in lots of other Beach Bling too. One of my favorites being pieces of CORAL.
I still have more photos of cool stuff I found on the beaches..but not the time to show them all again. We have Hurricane Rina out in the Caribbean which may turn towards Florida from Mexico so we have to keep an eye out to see what she does. I just hope everybody is safe from this Category 2 Hurricane headed for Cancun, Cozumel then turning towards Cuba. When everybody is safe, then we can think about the shells she might produce. I promise, I’ll catch up tomorrow and keep you updated.
What an awesome time to be at the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva! So happy for everybody!
So sad for me sitting here in KY instead. :)
Thanks for sharing your goodies with us. Love seeing all the neat things the sea brings into shore. I absolutely can’t wait for June of 2012 to come. We will be there for two weeks! Thanks again for sharing
I will be there in June also!
Way to go Robert, I like your t-shirt as much as your Lion’s Paw, smooth.
That junonia is perfect!!
You always take the best photos!! Sounds like Rina may be pushing some more superb shelling your way!
How great is that?? You rock the beach, Pam! Gotta love what a good storm will bring in.
Fantastic finds, Pam! I am so happy for you! Fingers crossed I can make it up for a couple of nights in the next few weeks. I miss my Sanibel so much. Thank you for bringing the most beautiful photos and shelling fun to everyone.
Awesome! It looks just like the tulip I found in August! I wasn’t sure if it was a true or a banded.. So cool!
Pam , how did you clean up the Junonia ? just wondering , haven’t done anything with mine yet , sure don’t want to harm it in any way … to preciouse !! when cleaned up I want to show-case it in a shadow box with the picture you took of me & from the Island Sun paper . Thanks for any info you can send my way !! Shell On girl !!!
Just like your junonia, mine was pretty clean to start with so I just rinsed it well. Honestly, I feel the same way- I dont want to do anything to it to harm it! I had to work on the lions paw a while. I took a dental pick and got all the crud out from each of the ribs….very delicately. The color on the lions paw really came out after I brushed on mineral oil.
Thanks for the info Pam ! Keep dem shell a coming !!!
I am heading on the plane now to St.Pete for good!!
Hopefully I will see you soon!
Good luck on your move – I am just slightly jealous – to be just a few hours away from Sanibel!! Okay – maybe A LOT jealous!!
My time there feels like a dream now..a good dream however..but a dream.
Hooray for you! I’m coming that way next week, so if you see a tall, pasty white woman in blue Crocs sifting shells and muttering to herself as she wanders down the beach–that’ll be me. Can’t wait!!!
Be sure to say hi!
OH PAM………………………………HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TWO OF THE VERY BEST AND MOST DIFFICULT TO FIND …………………….IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU……….ITS YOUR FIRST JUNONIA ISNT IT?????
LONGING TO BE THERE.
SANIBEL TWEESER SISTER LINDA
Nice purple Lions Paw, and piece of an orange one. Just when you think there is nothing on the beach, up pops a Lions Paw;)
Pam, I’ve picked up pieces of coral on the eastern-most beaches in Cozumel just like what’s in your photo. I wonder if they washed in to Sanibel from the Yucatan Penninsula…
Wow if anybody deserves the Big J you do! And to find the lions paw and all those other good shells is pretty amazing.
You must of had your big girl pants on that day.
See you at the shell festival?
Pam in the April Ten “Elite Three” post, you said that the scotch bonnet pictured was yours. In this post, when you said two out of the Elite Three, did you just mean that you have found two out of the Elite three recently?
Either way, you are superbly lucky to have in your possession all of these gorgeous seashells!
Hi Lydia, I said that because I found the junonia and lions paw in the same weekend … 2 out of the elite 3 in one weekend! shellzam!
What fabulous finds. I must confess I am a sea glass junkie and addicted to going to the beach to search for it. I just love that alphabet shell too. Don’t see many like that where I am.