Friday, July 7, 2017


Like many of us, Cole loves to find seashells.

Recently I met this special young man and his mother, Sherry, while they were on their family vacation in Panama City Beach FL.

He showed me SOME of the MANY shells he found in the few days here, mostly from digging, after watching a couple of my videos.


Cole is holding a few shells I gave him to add to his collection.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

June Shelling

Maybe it's the heat or the crowds or the lack of shells or not walking a lot due to old age LOL but I'm not collecting as many shells these days. Of course, the ones I do find, I'm giving most away to folks I see on the beach or leave them outside my condo for others to enjoy, so that may be part of it. But bottom line: I need another shell like I need another hole in my head!

In any case, here are a few from this month's journey along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

JUNE 3, 2017
A few keepers

A few Ity Bitties

JUNE 4, 2017
Patio potluck

JUNE 8, 2017
Common Sundial

JUNE 10, 2017
Small sand dollar

JUNE 13, 2017

JUNE 16, 2017
Today's keepers

JUNE 17, 2017

JUNE 25, 2017
More ity bitties

Just for Fun Foto
Lightning Whelks


Saturday, June 3, 2017

SHELL NEWS: Ace Hardware Selling Shells from Beach Renourishment

Ace Hardware on Back Beach Road selling shells from Beach Renourishment Project

By Riliegh McHugh |
Posted: Fri 4:37 PM, Jun 02, 2017 |
Updated: Fri 10:52 PM, Jun 02, 2017

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some viewers have brought to our attention that a huge pile-up of shells from the Beach Renourishment Project were dumped next to Ace Hardware store on Back Beach Road.

Mayor Mike Thomas said the land where the shells were dumped was privately owned. According to the Ace Hardware store manager, the store bought the shells from the owner of the land.

Ace Hardware is allowing people to come and buy the shells. For $3 they get a gallon of shells of their choice.

The manager also told us the store bought the shells because they would have gone into a landfill. He is planning on using the leftover shells for a parking lot.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


May 7, 2017
New policy: Only keeping a few and  returning the rest to the beach for others to enjoy.

May 9, 2017
From dredging and beach restoration

May 10, 2017
Spring Cleaning

May 12, 2017

This is what was used to filter out the shells

May 14, 2017
A few keepers

May 21, 2017
Pretty Lightning Whelk

Happy Shelling, Y'all!

PS To see all my photos, please click here

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Spring is in full swing and shells can be found buried or tossing in the waves along the shore.

April 1, 2017
Found this Horse Conch, Florida's state shell, in the state park sitting along the shore.

April 6, 2017
A few keepers

April 8, 2017

April 9, 2017

April 16, 2017
The Haul

April 22, 2017
Bag O' Shells

April 23, 2017
My fav pose lol

April 26, 2017
Nice collection for the day

Here's the link to all my recent photos which include some from my first cruise with a few high school friends celebrating our 50th reunion this year. We sailed from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC, and while in Victoria, saw the home my mother and her family lived in when she was a little girl!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Shell News in Panama City Beach FL

Seashells to head to landfill
Friday Posted Apr 14, 2017

For the beach nourishment project, the workers are collecting sand from offshore and the piling it onto the beach to add more sandy area for beach goers. As part of the collection process, the machinery scoops up tons of shells, which are sifted out of the sand by a sorter.

News Herald Reporter

PANAMA CITY — Dump trucks filled with shells are being sent to the landfill as part of the beach nourishment project in Panama City Beach.

“It’s a crying shame,” said Christine Stevens, who had gone to the beach last week to look for shells.

“There’s a huge pile of shells, like a house, and they said it was going to a landfill.”

For the beach nourishment project, the workers are collecting sand from offshore and then piling it onto the beach to add more sandy area for beachgoers. As part of the collection process, the machinery scoops up shells, which are sifted out of the sand by a sorter.

The shells are then carted off to a landfill to the dismay of shellers.

“There are several issues at play here,” Lisa Armbruster, a coastal engineer working as a consultant on the project, wrote in an email. “To begin with, the piles of shell are sharp, and some of what is mixed in would start to smell bad very quickly. Due to liability issues, neither the project contractor nor Bay County can have people sifting through them.”

The process often breaks the larger shells, according to Armbruster, who said she doubted they would make for good collecting.

“The larger ones everyone sees coming out the sorter have been at least somewhat broken up by the pump-out process, or would otherwise be broken as the bulldozers push the new sand into place if they hadn’t been sorted out,” Armbruster wrote.

Even so, seeing the shells sent to the landfill has aggravated some people, including snowbird Diane LaMay, who comes from Michigan every year.

“In 2011 when they renourished the beach, the shells were in the sand and they bulldozed them back and forth and leveled the beach nice and smooth,” she wrote, attaching a photo of shells she had collected. “I want the shells back in with the sand and buried by the bulldozers with my bed tax money.” LaMay said in her experience the shells were not too jagged or broken, and many of her friends who are “shellers” have been trying to smuggle shells out of the pile.

While the large shells aren’t making it onto the beach, many smaller shells — about 3 inches or less — are making it past the sorter and can be gathered up by beachcombers.

The work, which is being done by contractor Weeks Marine, currently is taking place by the County Pier and by Pinnacle Port. After that is done, the work will move on to the City Pier segment and a segment by Treasure Island.

The $14.1 million project is expect to wrap up by early May, ahead of turtle nesting season.