Seashells + Sunshine + Rainbows = Happiness. It’s the perfect equation to make for a great weekend. Seeing those beautiful shells on a rainbow beach towel sums it up and makes me smile from ear to ear after being out in the sunshine. Karen and Mike from Fort myers found a FLORIDA CONE, TINTED CANTHARUS, OLIVES, AUGERS, CONCHS, WORMIE, CORAL and lots of other goodies to total an exshellent shelling day at Blind Pass Captiva.
Donna from Clermont, FL looked as beautiful as her shells (on the water blue beach blanket) while she was being shaded by her darling beach hat and umbrella. She was thrilled to find 2 BANDED TULIPS!
You know I love to peek in shell buckets! Oooooo. I spy an ALPHABET CONE!
Laura from Ft Lauderdale is the proud sheller filling up that shell bucket.
Wow! These are some of her faves … the perfect ALPHABET CONE, BITTERSWEET, TULIP, NUTMEG and a cool piece of CORAL. Happiness.
I started out the weekend at the Lighthouse Beach where I met Gary from Illinois with his shelling backhoe. He wasn’t having much luck finding keeper shells that evening but he said he didn’t mind since he had already collected great shells all throughout the week. He knows the beach changes every day so you have to take advantage of what you find each day… and that evening was a double rainbow! You can still see the faint rainbow on the horizon behind him.
Bella and Mackenzie had to stop and take in the beautiful site before it faded away. Sweet!
I posted this same rainbow with the CONCH SHELL on Saturday because I couldn’t wait to show you. They never last long so it’s always so exciting to see them, much less snap a photo in time to catch it. As I was snapping photos of the shells under the rainbow (CLICK HERE to see it), twins Brady and Katie were strolling by collecting shells when Brady reached down and grabbed “my” FIGHTING CONCH. His mom saw that it was the shell I was photographing, so she told him to put it back down. I said “No, no, no…. it’s ok! I’m not going to keep it any way”. LOL By that time, the rainbow was in full color so while Brady and Katie still had the shell, I snapped another photo of them. OMG it this adorable or what? You can’t make this stuff up!
Happiness is any time you have the chance to be in the area ! Congrats to all for great shelling!
The photo with the kids is a keeper, a family photo album standout for sure! Nice shot and such a stunningly beautiful rainbow!
P.S. You should also make the photo with the gull in it available on your cafepress page! :-)
Thank you Jennifer!
WOW!! What a happy way to start my day! Bright colors, beautiful shells and precious children!!!!! Thanks Pam!! I will be smiling all day!!!!
Wish I woulda made it to the beach this weekend. Glad to see so many were able to find great shells. And the rainbow pics are all amazing, especially the one with the twins. ;-)
Beautiful pictures Pam , thanks ever so much for sharing !!! And look at them BIG hunks of coral … wowza !!!
Beautiful shells… but the beach images are even more beautiful! :)
Be there Thursday. cannot wait!
Thank you Pam for sharing these treasures! Rainbows are special to people for so many reasons. Mine is a link to my mother who also loved shelling. It was a wonderful way to start my day! Fabulous pictures!
The picture of the twins & rainbow would make a nice August picture for next years calendar. You take great photos Pam! Love the shells.
Beautiful…..love the kids.
Those Karen & Mike people are shell fanatics and avid followers of yours :) pretty sure you just made their year!
Rainbows are the icing on the cake after a rain storm.
Pam, the rainbow you captured is as vivid as rainbows after desert monsoons.
ARIZONA, so far is suffering from monsoon withdrawal.
Tucson’s daily news, THE STAR reports that people are experiencing
Desert dwellers wonder if mother nature forgot about us m this year and
we are not happy campers. In fact, pretty soon we’re downright…
D disorder :(
Pam, your rainbow photos are our prescription to ease the weather
Lets all do a few rain dances for Charlotte today! If we all start humming Van Morrison… It’s a marvelous day for a monsoon dance… Maybe Mother Nature will look to Tucson.
Sure could use some time at the beach with sand between my toes. Alas, I can’t due to health problems of my hubby who has been in/out of the hospital. I feel the need to get to my “happy place” and soon….for now your posts suffice, almost.
Pam, did you see the lightening display in the NW sky Sunday night? Incredible…we went out on the causeway about 12:20 looking for the falling stars, but saw that instead – sheet lightening behind and around and in a beautiful storm cloud – and streaks of lightening playing up and down and sideways….never saw anything like it!!!! It never stopped for over an hour. Result – couldn’t see many falling stars, although we still saw 5. But wow, the REAL show was that cloud and lightening! It’s good to be here.
The skies have been brilliant this month! Isn’t it absolutely wonderful? Glad ur here to enjoy it!
Thanks for posting the photo of my kiddos Brady and Katie. They said that the highlight of their trip was visiting the beach by the lighthouse and shelling. Brady’s favorite shell was the one you gave him. It was great to meet you and we look forward to following your blog.
Pam. thank you so much for the pictures. the twins are my grandchildren and so precious. I live in IN. and I miss them very much. I too love the beach. Seeing these pictures made my day. By the way Brady’s favorite thing is the beach. Maybe someday we can both come visit you together. Thank you again.
We are headed your way for one night after spending 2 weeks in The Keys with our two teenage sons. We’ve heard of your website through two people now and can’t wait to go shelling there for the first time. Thank you for your website and helpful info!
Pam, in the blue beach blanket photo, what is the name of the piece of shell on the upper right hand side?
A turkey wing is the shell in the top right corner. Immediately to the left of the turkey wing is a calico clam and underneath the calico clam is a mossy ark. Did i get it?
I believe so – mossy ark. I have another larger piece with a similar zig zag pattern only cone-ish shaped. Do you know what this would be? Can I send you a photo? Please provide me your info for emailing. Thank you so very much! Susan
Did you check my seashell idenitification page? Click on each photo of the shell and it will take you to all of my posts on that shell so you can see different angles and sizes. Its… http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/seashell-identification/
Hi Pam! How are you?
Have ever find a wonderful coral colour red?
I found one when i went to maldives. You know that every morning on the beach there are many shells. Walking with my family around the atoll, i saw a red thing under the sand. I went to see and was a wonderful red coral. Have you ever find a red coral in Sanibel?
Lovely & Most Patient Pam,
I have been searching everywhere to purchase some of the lovely photographic images you have on your site. I can’t find them anywhere! Like that lovely image depicted at the top left for the hotel? The wonderful images of the beach/waves/shells with extra color? Are these available for purchase anywhere? Are you the photographer or is there another name that I might be able to search for? I truly appreciate your time!
Karyn, thank you for asking about my canvas art! Sealife By Congress is carrying my work- you can find them by calling or emailing http://sealifebycongress.com