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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Seashells

I think I've mentoned something about the shells on Sanibel Island a time or two with the promise to do a post on the subject.  There really is no other place I've been that has the amount of shells on the beach like Sanibel has.  I think that is one of the main reasons I love Sanibel so much.  I do have a few photos to share but when I took them they were only for me to remember what I'd found on vacation so they are not very pretty.  I wasn't thinking anything about a blog when I took them.  If you want pretty pictures and to learn about the shelling then visit my friend's blog iloveshelling.com, Pam would love to have you.  Just tell her I sent ya :)  She lives on Sanibel and her blog is amazing!!
I tried to keep them seperated by type and color.  Here you can see scallops and cockles and fighting conchs.  And a sea star, I tend to always find a tiny sea star on my visits.  Which makes me happy and sad at the same time.  Happy because I love them and sad because the poor creature was dead.  We never take anything living that we find. We put them back in the water so that they may continue to live and populate the waters!
I wish I had something for scale in this photo because some of these cockles were huge!  I don't think the chair leg in the next picture does the job.
I even love the broken lightning whelks.  They look cool in a jar of shells.  If I can get a pretty picture I'll show you some of my bowls and jars of shells.  They are used as decorations throughout my entire house even though I live in KY.

I was trying to be a little creative with the shot above like my friend Pam from iloveshelling. (imitation is definitely a form of flattery in this case!!)

Look at all those lovely shells.....I can hear the waves crackle when they are pushing those shells ashore...*sigh*...And believe it or not this is a very small shell pile on the Sanibel side of Blind Pass.

27 comments:

  1. Sanibel - always in the back of our minds :D I bet your KY friends love your shell collection.

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  2. Always..always...always...Yes they love my shells as I usually amke them something with them.

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  3. I've been to Sanibel once! It's quite a drive for me, and I tend to stay a little closer to home, but shelling Sanibel is like shelling no where else!

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    1. That it is Della, that it is....I love it. I wish I were within driving distance. I'd be there every weekend!

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  4. What a beautiful spot, and so many seashells!

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    1. That is nothing Elizabeth...NOTHING. It is a very pretty island.

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  5. Oh I know, I have shelled in that exact spot and taken my fair share of shells. It is a gorgeous place! You have some great finds!

    Carol

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    1. Thanks - in case you cant tell I LOVE that place. With you being in Orlando you aren't super close but close enough for a long weekend trip......oh man I wish I were that close.

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  6. Your post today was bittersweet for me today, Roxanne. ♥ This is the week that Hubby and I are usually lazing the days away on our beloved Sanibel. We had to cancel this year...but can barely wait to get back there next spring. Oh how we miss it! So your posts are always such a treat and blessing for me. Thank you for sharing the beauty of our favorite island... :) Keep those photos coming!


    xoxo laurie

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    1. Hey Laurie. I know all too well what it feels lime to be away from "our" island for too long. I am so very happy that you are enjoying my posts. It helps to fill the void in between trips. Thank you for your encouragement. Xoxo

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  7. I love to walk the beach and collect. Now I do it on Lake Michigan and collect rocks. Rocks or shells a wonderful way to pass a few hours. Thanks for stopping by and following, will be following you too, Laura

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    1. Thanks Laura - I love anything by the water!

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  8. The beach is my FAV spot.. I love coastal life.. ;)) .. I am here as your newest follower with smiles via http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com/ .. I am following you per Made In A Day Social Hop via GFC.. Hope you can hop over and say hello.. Loving your space here, so much inspiration, I look forward to getting to know you much more.. Wishing you a beautiful evening.. xo ~Marilyn

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    1. Thank you Marilyn...I popped over and am now following you....am loving the photo challenges!

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  9. I have NEVER seen so many beautiful shells on a beach. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie party.

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    1. We look at it as having NO shells when it looks like that....can you believe it....but most of the time it is a huge pile with people sitting on top and sifting through.

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  10. Hi Roxanne,

    Beautiful pictures of your seashells and the ocean. What a gorgeous place to visit! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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    1. Thank you Donna - I love everyone's comments and seriously love this island.

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  11. what a great collection of shells

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  12. A few years ago my husband surprised me with a trip to Sanibel. I knew we were driving to somewhere in Florida (which is a long way from northern Ontario) and Sanibel Island is where he had booked our vacation! Beautiful place, not just the shells, but also the birds, the craft and antique type shops and the golf!

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  13. OMG - what a sweetheart he is! And yes that would be a long way to go!! But it is a special place and if I had the time I'd drive every weekend!!

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  14. Oh wow! We just don't see that on the beaches around here, only tiny bits and pieces of broken shells. What a fabulous collection you have. I love looking at them in glass jars or pretty trays. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Betsy. I really do have a great collection for having plucked 95% of them for the beach myself.

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  15. We spent our 25th Annv on Sanibel & Captiva Beaches. I have a wonderful collection of shells I picked up on our visit. We are coming up on our 40th and maybe we will get back to that lovely area. Such a beautiful place. Love your post and I will check out your friends as well!!

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    1. I cant think of a better place to spend an anniversary. Speaking of which contests on yourupcoming special one. You will love my friends blog

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  16. Sanibel is my favorite place in the world. Love those shell piles at Blind Pass!

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