boy with seashell

I don’t find large WHELK or CONCH shells every day I go out shelling on Sanibel… but I always find something precious.

dallas seashells

It’s always fun to share those precious treasures to see if anybody else might enjoy them as well.

addison seashell beach

Some times it’s the small things I see that makes my day… like these sweet little gems.

seashells in shell

These precious kids inherited their love for shells from their awesome grandmother, Shelling Sister Betty Jo. Her son Spencer is getting married this week on Sanibel so she got to enjoy a beautiful day collecting seashells and memories with her whole family. From left to right… Spencer (the groom), Dallas, Katie (the bride!), Hunter, Suzanne, Sheila, Frank, Mary Jo (recognize that cutie shirt?) Addison,Dayton, Kelly and Stephen. Okay, precious things come in bigger sizes too… like this big beautiful shelling family.

bride groom family shelling

I also met Gidget and Boyd (Tampa) collecting a few goodies.

Gidget Boyd sanibel

I hope you are able to see how gorgeous the colors and the unusual patterns are in this photo of this LETTERED OLIVE Boyd found…

whelk olive

Gidget had her eye on finding CALICO CLAMS, SCALLOP shells and can never resist those sweet little juvenile FIGHTING CONCHS…

calico clam scallops

Since I wasn’t finding the big shells at Blind Pass today, I was happy with looking for the minis so I searched until I found my own precious candy (a juvenile HORSE CONCH).

horsie conch sanibel

…and this perfect summer CALICO SCALLOP in watermelon color.

watermelon calico scallop

Best wishes Spencer and Katie for your upcoming wedding. I couldn’t think of a better way to start your new life together by shellebrating the small wonders of the sea.

shelling sanibel gidget

Oh and PS- the dredge at Blind Pass has been broken for few days (and not the first time) so we might be seeing this big machinery hanging around a little bit longer than expected. This also means that they haven’t opened up the beach to the public yet where the sand is being pumped (west of Bowman’s). I’m ready for this dredging to be over already. This isn’t so “precious”!

dredge sanibel captiva