If you are looking for shells on Sanibel but you aren’t having any luck finding “the big ones”, you should revisit those common shells that are always on our beaches. There’s not a day that goes by that our beaches aren’t filled with CROSS-BARRED VENUS shells. Each one is different with their colors and patterns. They are a shell crafters dream seashell!
Walking the beach yesterday at Gulfside City Park, Clark and I were only finding the common shells until Clark took a blind scoop in the water scooped up alive BABYS EAR in his shelling backhoe. He laughed and handed it to me… it was shaped like a heart! So cute! Of course, I snapped a photo then placed it back into the water under the sand.
Just a few days before, we were finding all sorts of treasures in the water at Gulfside City Park.
It just goes to show you that every day on Sanibel is a treasure hunt. You just never know what you will find so I always try to find something… anything… just any reason to get out on the beach. Then it becomes such a treat when you find a handful of shelliciousness with a dollop of cumulus clouds like this…
Speaking of finding special treasures… our iLoveShelling community was involved in finding a lost engagement ring on the beach! The story even ended up in our local paper The Islander…
Sharon Michie of Cottages To Castles suggested to her client Nancy Carr that she tell her story of her lost diamond engagement ring to the iLoveShelling community on Facebook. It worked! Barbara Anderson replied with a suggestion to call TheRingFinders and within 6 hours, her ring was found. It had been buried 14 inches under the sand and they still found it!
Shellers rock! …. And shellers find “rocks” (heehee). Sometimes it takes a Sanibel Social Shelling Village to find treasures. This is the photo with me, Craig Ostendorf of TheRingFinders.com (with the ring) and Sharon Michie. Sharon shipped the ring to Nancy who is now back home in Canada. Happy Ending!
PS- Since we are talking all about happy stuff…. Clark was golfing yesterday (with his buddy John) – he got a Hole In One! His first ever and it was on the Sunday of The Masters. He felt like he found a left handed JUNONIA- hahaha.
“Life is like a box of chocolate”
Aint that the truth, Laura!;)
I LOVE that that ring was found! ❤️
I didn’t know it was possible to find a ring that deep in the sand. Nancy must be thrilled to have it back. I’ll keep Craig in mind if that ever happens to me – but I sure hope it doesn’t.
Way to go Clark!! I think you should put that ball in a trophy case – I know I sure would!
Pam, I love the picture of the live baby’s ear! Your last post about tagging the sharks was awesome, too! I love all of your posts and have read every one, so thanks for all the cool things you teach us!
Love the golden cumulus clouds and the handful of Sanibel gold. :)
Susan H–Your comments always prompt me to go back and look at Pam’s photos slowly, and to appreciate more than just the shells. Thank you!
another great post helping more people it kind of has a ring to it ha-ha -ha but it keeps happening because your such a caring person r.g.stein
I love stories like that- where a whole community comes together to help someone in need. So great that they found it! How on earth (or should I say under) did they find it buried down there?!
The person who found it was using a metal detector — that’s the way to find buried metal objects!
But even so it took 6 hours of searching!
Congratulations to Clark on his hole in one from one fellow golfer to another. I have come close several times but luck does have something to do with it. However, in Clark’s case it was probably pure skill. Hee hee.
You guys ROCK!!! Never a dull moment with the Rambo clan!! Coming back over the first week in May – can’t wait. Hope to see you on the beach!! (No accidents this time!!!!)
Diane, there was absolutely a lot of luck, very much like finding your first Junonia. Keep trying, I had lots of close shots over the years.
Anyone know of places to shell on Pine Island? We are going to be in Sanibel in June and will spend a day checking out Pine Island.
There are really cool art galleries, shops and restaurants over there but funny enough…. I’ve never shelled there. :)
Wow! That’s amazing about the ring!!! under 14 inches of sand?!?!?! wow!
and Congratulations, Clark!!
Maybe your post titoe could say that our village is “So-shell” !!! Seriously, no one saw that chance to sneak a shell reference in ?
That should say “title”, silly girl trying to type before having her morning coffee
The 5th picture (cumulous clouds and shells) shows an unusually gorgeous caramel-colored conch at the upper right. It appears to be one solid color. Beautiful!
Congrats Clark on your hole-in-one!
Pam Its Linda the oldest sanibel tweeser sister……I am still having chronic back pain and will be using a wheel chair to get to the beaches. It would be so helpful if you could let us know where the shells are on a daily basis. my wonderful husband is with us so that is very helpful. I can only be there for a week so Im hoping for good shelling days. I would be very interested in buying some minis from you for I am getting low. This could be my last trip so Im anxious to take home lots of treasures. it is so wonderful how you have made iloveshelling into a business. In fact I feel a bit presumpous writting now that you have become so famous. Hoping to see you. Fondly Linda
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