Oh my goodness ya'll! I felt so guilty about going to Sanibel today without you - well I just had to get you something. Okay, at least one person will get something. The island is gearing up for one big shelling party - Shellabration 2012 honors the 75th anniversary of The Sanibel Shell Fair & Show. From February 17th through March 4th the Island will be shellabrating from ding to dong (or Darling) If you would like to join in by wearing a Shellabration 2012 t-shirt here's all you have to do:
-leave me a comment sharing which sea shell is your favorite.
-for a 2nd entry, turn a friend on to TEB. Have them leave a comment telling me you sent them over.
I'll announce the winner of the Shellabration 2012 t-shirt on February 1, 2012.
|Beach Babe & I had already walked the entire perimeter when the late-comers started arriving at 6am.|
|The headlamps & flashlights started descending from the Sanibel side of the beach.|
|Beach Babe gets her first taste of a minus .08 low tide. The out-going tide is carrying a myriad of shells swiftly past her feet.|
|The bridge connects Sanibel on the south to Captiva to the north. It's about a 100 yard walk across the bridge to see if they have better shelling on the Turner Beach side.|
|The beach wakes up.|
|This sky is the reward of pre-dawn beach combing.|
|Beautiful calm morning on the Sanibel side of the pass.|
|I'm standing on the sand bar facing the jetty on Turner Beach (Captiva side of Blind Pass). The sand bar crosses the entire pass.|
|The 8am shellers have shown up. Some of them actually thought they got a jump on things. The tide has already turned and is rising.|
|Armed with tools these shellers leave no part of the sand bar unexamined.|
|Sorry Beach Babe... occupato. |
But Wait! There's more!
|After we conquered the sand bars, it's on to the shell pile next to the jetty.|
|Knees slightly bent - derriere pointed skyward - Classic Sanibel Stoop. On February 17th Shellabration 2012 will be on Bowman's Beach at 10 am to set a Guinness World Book of Records for the most shellers doing the Sanibel Stoop at one time.|
|See ya at the Stoop!|