Just as Clark and I stepped on the beach yesterday, we saw a string of shells on the shoreline of Blind Pass Sanibel and the happy site of lots of Sanibel Stoopers.
As we got closer to the sand bar, we saw a mound of shells … YIPPEE! A shell pile! Frances from Texas and her granddaughter Kelly “Sittin’ N Siftin” for shells.
In their bags, they collected CONCHS, COCKLES and OLIVES but their favorites were lots of CHESTNUT TURBANS, large AUGERS, an ALTERNATE TELLIN, CONCHS and WHELKS.
Oooooh… And Helene and her daughter Wendy found a JUNONIA “cob”.
Wendy also found an ALPHABET CONE as well but there’s more…
I think Wendy’s new name should be WonderSheller Wendy since her husband posted a photo on the iLoveShelling Facebook page of her other finds in the last few days at Blind Pass Sanibel. A SCOTCH BONNET, GOLDEN OLIVE, KINGS CROWNS, GAUDY NATICA and so much more! Every time I see her on the beach, she has something pretty extraordinary in her shell bag. Shellzam!
Rachel (holding a SHARKS EYE), Amy (with her fave COCKLE) and Sarah (with a sweet JUVIE CONCH) from Minnesota we happy as clams finding their favorite treasures from the sea.
Roya from Maryland showed me her favorite shell… a WORMIE! Nice one.
It was an extra fun day for me since Super Sheller Clark got to take it easy and shell to his heart’s content…
He always gives most of his shells away to whomever is nearby but these were his faves to bring home… an ALPHIE, LACE MUREX (with brown coloration) and a beauty of an OLIVE.
I can never pass up collecting sunbeam SCALLOPS…
Some days I get on an obsession with one type of shell, and yesterday was the KITTENS PAW. They are one of the most common shells on Sanibel but there are days when they speak to me…. “Meow!” (I guess Ive been a little obsessed with kitties this last week too. heehee)
I mentioned last week that there was construction equipment parked at the Blind Pass Captiva (Turner Beach) parking lot so it was closed. The Captiva side parking lot was still closed as of yesterday (Christmas day) but the beach is open. The Sanibel side of Blind Pass parking lot is OPEN and there are no problems shelling that beach… and I think they are wrapping it up and moving it out any day now (fingers crossed!). If you need more info go to http://mycepd.com.
Sending seashells and palm trees from paradise…
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Beautiful sunset pictures. Love all the shells-golden olive, scotch bonnet, junonia cob, etc. Hope the Captiva side of Blind Pass opens soon. Happy shelling. Pat
Way to go Wonder Sheller Wendy! And what, no painted egg cockles for Super Sheller Clark? ;-). Shell on…WTYM
Beautiful images! Beautiful shells! Beautiful Sanibel!
The dredged sand they have added to the beaches will helpful produce a lot of nice deeper water shells! :)
Oh what a day to be there!!! Wow, nice ! Thank you Pam for keeping all of us in your daily plans! We luv you.
East Granby. CT
Hi, Pam. I agree-the kitten paws are SO cute! Happy New Year!
WonderSheller Wendy really hit the jackpot! Her display is lovely. What a great variety of shells, and each one has a beauty of its own.
Love that lace murex, Clark – AND the cone. Wow…..
Hi there, I just found your site while investigating Honeymoon Island and Caladese Park. We’re a couple of Canadians on vacation here in Madeira Beach and love shelling, so I was pleased to see your reviews of local beaches and their shelling potential! Also, I totally exclaimed to my SO when I saw your comment about sometimes becoming obsessed with a certain type of shell – I knew exactly what you meant!! They call to you and you can’t just leave them there – they’re too adorable! And sometimes I try to tell myself someone behind me will find them and pick them up so they won’t go ‘to waste’ ….. But I know that won’t happen so I end up picking them up too! ;)
Anyway, birds of a feather, nice to meet you :)
Laura & Alan
Nice to meet you two birdies too, Laura and Alan!