Friday, January 5, 2007

Shell seekers

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Southwest Florida is world renowned for its shells. Have you heard of Sanibel Island? Upon arriving here, Ponce De Leon named it "Costa de Carocles" - Coast of Seashells. With over 400 species of shells, Sanibel's beaches are considered the best shelling beaches in North America.


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These shells wash up on Sanibel's beaches because unlike other barrier islands which run North to South, Sanibel runs East to West.Winter is the best time for shelling, because the storms push the shells along the shallow plateau of sand along the Gulf of Mexico and deposit them along the beaches.

10 comments:

ruth said...

Shelling is so fun. I love here at the Great Lakes, and at the ocean it's even better. This looks primo!

lynn said...

Lovely. I'd like one of those large ones for my bathroom...

Olivier said...

tres beau, j'aime bien cette mouette gardienne de la plage.
tes photos et celle du lien, donne envie de faire une ballde sur cette ile


very beautiful, I like this gull guardian of the beach. your photographs and that of the bond, gives desire for making a ballde on this island

Chris & Deb said...

Considering half the population of Minnesota seems to winter in Florida, I'm guessing at least half of Florida's shell inventory is now in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Kris said...

havent been shelling for looooong time. The last island we went , it was illegal :( well, its for the better

prash said...

so nice to see sea!!! .....has been a longtime since i have been to a beach

Keropok Man said...

the pigeon looks so cute. :-)

wow! 400 species of shells, worth a visit in the future!

Helen said...

I have not had the opportunity to collect sea shells in a very long time. It used to be fun! Nice water shot!

Carlos said...

Sanibel Island seems to be one of those paradises on earth. I love to collect different shells. I haven't been in Fla before but I have visited the Caribbean and I'm in love with those beaches, skies and clouds. That seagull looks splendid, nice capture. I like the big format of your pictures.

Kris said...

isabella,
it was legal island ..heheh