The weather in Sanibel has been absolutely gorgeous with warm sunny days perfect for long walks combing the beach. Earlier this month, I was in a shelling frenzy following the tropical storm in the Gulf but this week … I can calmly breath in the day to stroll along the shore to look for the smaller pleasures. Ahhhhh. Keep calm, relax and shell for minis. Can you believe Clark found a BUTTON SHELL (inside the CLAM shell) smaller than these two WENTLETRAPS (inside the SCALLOP)? It’s adorable!
The gulf is also calm and blue with lots of gulls and shore birds fluttering about so shelling with Clark at low tide yesterday afternoon was pure and simple happiness.
We found a few more treasures but only wanted to bring home a few of our faves… although I’m not sure which ones are my very favorite ones. It’s a toss up between that tiny baby TURKEY WING, the BUTTON SHELL, the HORSE CONCHS, those LETTERED OLIVES with the fab colors… oh geez… I don’t think I can choose…. because look at that baby TOP SHELL too! It’s as cute as the BUTTON SHELL! Oh Yes- I think that says it all. It’s as cute as a BUTTON.
Gorgeous baby shells! Pam, do you have any hints for finding the tulips? On the Saturday before the tropical storm, I finally found my first whole ones at Blind Pass, Sanibel side near the bulkhead, by scooping net-fulls of shells right where the sand drop-off begins (where the waves break). They’re teeny tiny though! How do you find such nice ones?
HollyP, all of the tulips we found at GSCP last night (we even found more but didn’t keep them all) were in the tidal pool half buried with the aperture side up so we only slightly saw the banded pattern. I find a lot of broken pieces so there’s a lot of stooping but it’s worth it when I find one. :)
No beside your Candy.
Juvie wormie! That one? In the clam shell?
Love the minis! Happy the water is so nice and blue.
What is the shell in the middle top row?
Next to the Wentletraps? If so, that’s a cute little marginella!
Great finds Pam! Shelling vicariously through you will have to do for now. Stitches in my foot come out Friday-yay! But I still have to stay away from the beach and those shells for a bit longer…
Those Wentletraps are huge….beautiful minnies.
All gorgeous finds. I’d have a hard time deciding which is my favorite too. ;-)
Really great images Pam! Love the top one with the shell shadows and blue gulf in the background!
Omg. The weather was absolutely perfect while I was there last week. I’ve never had a week where the weather was perfect. We found minis too. I found my first tulip last week As well. We actually found several in front of Sanibel Inn.
Pam, it was so good to see you. I get so nervous and am such a dork in person. Lol. My brain just freezes up so while it may not have seemed like it I really did enjoy seeing you. I wanted to spend more time talking but brain freeze prevented that. Hopefully next time I won’t be so nervous!
Sweet sweet Roxanne, it’s all good! I get it- it was such a gorgeous day with so much to see- You were focused on capturing all of it in the lens of ur camera. I’m a dork too for goodness sakes. Dorks rock!
Loving these shells ….. Keep the pics coming!
Makes my day, thx
The blue water is sooooooo welcoming, can’t wait to get there. The pictures are so inviting, how to choose just a few would be difficult. I would keep them all. Pam, we are leaving Ohio tomorrow for Sanibel YA!!!!! Hope to run into you on the beach. L-O-R-E-E
Love the photos of all these beautiful shells, Pam. I’m happy to say that a friend and I are coming back in January to do Shellabaloo 4. Every post you do just makes me long for Sanibel that much more!
Angela, I would be jealous of going to S4…but will be on Sanibel in Dec for 2wks with Sis Martha and Bro-in-law. Enjoy.
Marie, I’m sure the shelling will be great in December, and I hope you and your sister and bro-in-law have tons of fun! This will be my first time to ever be in Sanibel in the Winter, and I can’t wait!
Oh. My. Goodness! Angela!!!! I’m so excited!!! I am THRILLED that I will get to hang out with you again for 4 days. You just made my night!!!
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Pam, your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for the posts.
Pam, what is the dark brown cone-shaped shell in pic 4? We’ve been to Sanibel-Captiva, many times, but I have never seen a shell like that one.
In the middle of the clam shell? It’s the tip (juvenile) of a worm shell. cute, huh?