Happy One Year Anniversary, TheShellKing.com!

SK Brand 6

This weekend we celebrate one year here at TheShellKing.com.

It’s been a very eventful and fun year for the Queen and me. One year ago, we started The Shell King blog and switched over to a dot com a couple months later. We appreciate you all coming along for the ride. In celebration of our one-year anniversary, we are proud to present our new Brand logo, which you’ll begin to see as our new watermark at the bottom right of all of our photos.

Geesh, where do I start? I don’t want to bore you with a life story segment here, so I’ll quickly recap.

It’s all the Queen, ok?

SQ Brand 3

She’s been the real sheller here (for years) and I’ve only been along for the ride. TS Debby hit us in June, 2012 and I had lots of fun scooping up shells for Queenie.  Isaac did the same not long after. I caught the bug, what can I say?

9bcfefff

So, I guess here’s where it starts. This little guy right here. I found it in August on Blind Pass, while snorkeling on the Captiva side. I was literally in about two feet of water, right at the shore line. I don’t think I was in the water more than a minute before I found it in one of the sand grooves.

I had blogged before about other random things in the past, so blogging wasn’t new to me. So I started a shelling blog on one of those cheap sites and it wasn’t cutting it. At the office, I spoke in passing about our shelling trips and boy did that unleash a can of worms. If you know how blue collar office environments are, you’ll understand. Before I knew it, the boys at work were calling me Shell King and the light bulb went off. So I give them credit for giving me the name. Because I’ve certainly seen some real hardcore shell collectors and I am in no way any kind of King, let alone a Shell King.

I found another juvenile Junonia a month later during the much spoken about “shell carpet” weekend, and a third one on Queenie’s birthday on the Sanibel side of the jetty at Blind Pass – that really set it in stone for us.

JSQ

So these are our humble beginnings. As I’ve mentioned before, we shell, travel and blog for fun and it will stay that way, unless A&E approaches us about doing a show. heh heh.

We’ve also met some great people this past year, both shelling friends (The Essential Beachcomber, Donnie The Shellinator and Mike G The Shellebrity to name three) and shelling fans – and we look forward to meeting more. We have been very blessed.

So, how about some pics of The Greatest Hits over the last year?

photo

photo 5

Cones1sk

variousWM

sq horseconchWM

5-23-8wm

3-28 2wm

sq flatWM

dolla3wm

IMG_1440wm

paw2wm

handful2WM

3-28 10wm

421-6wm

421-9wm

421-20wm

6-7-1wm

1-13 4wm

IMG_1374wm

It’s been a fun year and we certainly expect more fun. We have four more stops on the Florida Beaches Royalty Tour this year and they all look to be filled with excitement. We have some ideas coming for the site and hopefully those pan out as well.

So thank you for joining us for this exciting a very entertaining ride. Hopefully soon, we get to meet each and every one of you at the beach. See you there! 🙂

IMG_2123wm

Love you, sunshine!

8-24-2wm

I do love the sunshine. As I sit here writing this blog, I’m listening to some Caribbean music with the sun shining through the window. Looking at the pictures we took this past weekend, it shouldn’t be too hard for you too to transport yourself to the island, sitting with your feet in the sand and sipping something tropical while the sound of steel drums plunk in the background.

You there yet?

8-24-9wm

Ok, how about now?

Good.

On Saturday, Blind Pass was better than it has been in quite a while. The water was warm and quite a bit clearer than we’ve seen in several weeks. I could actually snorkel a bit. After last weekend’s trip to beautiful Key West, I admit I was spoiled snorkeling somewhere where I could see 20 feet in front of me. The thought of leaving those turquoise waters and returning to our murky ones wasn’t very appealing. But we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw.

8-24-3wm

The beach is back to where it was a couple of months ago, a far cry from where it was in December of last year:

1224wm

But I’ll take it. With the changes now in Okeechobee’s water releases, we should hopefully start to see better changes in our area. Fingers are crossed.

8-24-6wm

This was what the water at the shore looked like…semi-clear.

8-24-1wm

Shelling was awesome again. I snorkeled about 7 to 8 feet out or so (about waist deep), and just found tons upon tons of great shells in the sand ridges. I just made my passes forward and backward, stuffing them into my pockets. There was about 1.5 feet of visibility, so in order to really see what was there, I had to get almost right down on the sea floor. But they were there. I can’t tell you how happy we were. Hopefully they stay there for a while!

8-24-10wm

I was a bit nervous to snorkel in that murky water. I was out on the Captiva side, and I know, I know…I’ve said not to snorkel out there. I was very close to the shore and Queenie was my spotter. Plus, there were other people out there (lots) and like I’ve said before, you don’t have to be fast, just faster than the other person.  😉

I kid, of course. But I had four Sheepshead fish (literally) that swam along with me the entire way. So I was safe.

I think….

But anyhow, there are a LOT of Olives out there now. I didn’t find any occupied, but grabbed so many it was ridiculous. Lots of Fighting Conchs too, which we have enough of. So I kept tossing them onto the beach for others to enjoy….like this little guy:

8-24-4wm

The Queen said he would sprint to the shells as soon as they hit the sand. Good to bring a smile to a young sheller’s face. Queenie also overheard his Grandpa telling him that he had “Shelling Fever”, which caused the little guy to get upset. Apparently, he didn’t want to be sick! He calmed down when Grandpa told him that Grandma had it too.

Sorry to break it to ya little buddy, but we’re all pretty sick with the fever. Comes with the territory. It only gets worse from here.

8-24-5wm

Speaking of Queenie, she tried out her new Flip Flips that she won from I Heart The Beach’s latest flip flip giveaway. Thank you to I Heart The Beach!

She’s making her mark, so keep your eye out for Queenie tracks! They could be anywhere on the island. Hmm, maybe we should do a “Find Queenie” contest?

8-24-8wm

An early peek inside the shell bucket before we found the mother lode.

8-24-14wm

A small bunch of Olives we snagged.

8-24-12wm

A couple of Murexes, pieces of Junonia (you know what that means) and tiny Florida Cone.

8-24-11wm

A bright orange Florida Cone (check out that sharp spire!), nice corals (lots out there), a Bittersweet and a pretty cool looking Auger.

All in all a great shelling day filled with sunshine and smiles. Let’s hope it stays that way for a while.