About & Disclaimer

I have a seashell collection which I enjoy sharing with readers who also appreciate beachcombing.  My photography is featured on various custom products with a coastal appeal in my Zazzle store, Seashells by Millhill.  I also own a beach wedding store called Sandpiper Wedding.  Both links are at the top of this blog.

I lived in-between Orlando and Daytona 27 years. In that time I traveled to both the east coast and Gulf coast beaches many times.  Then I took a break and lived in New Hampshire for eleven years.  Now I am back living on the east coast of Florida and enjoying boating, fishing and collecting seashells again. (Don’t think I’ll miss the ice and snow much!)

I will share links to seashell identification books, Florida travel, places to stay, products found in my online stores, and anything else I find useful and relevant to my readers.  Some links will earn me money if the buyer chooses to purchase.  They are affiliate links, and I only link sparingly and when there is something worthwhile to share.

Hope you enjoy reading my posts.



27 thoughts on “About & Disclaimer

    1. Thanks so much. I am happy to have found your blog as well. Your photos are stunning, and luckily some match my focus here. If you don’t mind, I will re-blog some of your other posts as well, every now and then.

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  1. I visited Florida years ago, but haven’t been there in over thirty years, except in quick airport layovers. We found some big scallop shells when we were there, but that was about all. Key West didn’t have many shells at all. We visit Jamaica now, and I find some shells and many sea urchins, but nothing very big. I have bought some really pretty shells though and they are good reminders of good times in Paradise. Do you look for sea beans? That would be my quest in Florida if I was on the beach there. I would absolutely have to try and grow them if I found some. I have a whole book devoted to collecting sea beans, but here in the Mid-Atlantic states the gulf stream doesn’t bring us many…if at all. I also collect a lot of sea glass. Enjoyed looking at your blog, and I thank you for visiting mine.


    1. I’ll have to look into sea beans. I know nothing about them. I’d love to find sea glass, but the east coast offers so little to collect. Thank you for visiting, and for the nice comment. I enjoyed perusing your blog also!


  2. Hey ho, I wanted to stop by and say thank you for coming to Boomdeeadda. We live on the prairies in Canada and have a fair drive to the ocean but we love to travel and always vacation near the ocean we love it so much. I’m off and running today, but will pop back for a looky-lew later. Cheers!


  3. Oh wow!!! I didn’t think I’d find a blog about shells on this site! I think that your shells are beautiful 🙂 I am also a shell collector, who lives on the gulf side of Florida 😛 Hernando County to be exact. About twice a month, I go to the beach with my mom and friends, and we get as many beautiful shells as our Walmart bags can carry lol. But I’m pretty picky when it comes to shells, however I think all shells are beautiful in their own way. I use the shells that I get to make jewelry. My mom makes clay jewelry so she’s giving her input and knowledge in the art of jewelry making. I’ve only made three pieces, (one at which I am keeping 😛 ) and I sell them online. I don’t know very much about shells, but thanks to your blog I can learn about them a bit better 🙂

    I also had a question.. I picked up my first Fighting Conchs a few weeks ago (which made me very happy lol) but they smell like some sea creature died inside them… I don’t think there’s anything in there… We had them soaking in Mr Clean for like a day and a half but it still stinks like fish B.O. The Lightning Whelk that I got stopped smelling already so… Do you know any way to take the stink away? Also one last question (sorry for babbling X_X ) Why do seashells turn a pasty white when they’re dry? Not all of my shells do that, but the Lightning Whelk and Fighting Conchs do.

    Thanks for your time!


    1. Thank you for the visit to my blog. I don’t know much about cleaning shells, since I collected mine so long ago, but I plan to blog about it soon. As far as the pasty white appearance of your shells, I would say that maybe the substance you used to try to rid them of the smell possible damaged the shell. It’s just a guess. When cleaned correctly the shells will should look beautiful.


      1. The shells were already that pasty white before I used the cleaning products. A lot of my shells don’t look their true colors until you get them wet.


      2. It’s possible that your shells were worn down by the ocean or sand and / or bleached by the sun before you found them. If they started off that way, it could be the reason. Some shells are just not as shiny as others to begin with also.


  4. Dear Mill Hill,
    first did i get your name right? second i have some questions i would like you to awnser.
    hi, i am a student at the Walden School. i am doing a project for class on SHELLS! if you could just awnser a couple questions that would be great. some are REALLY BIG! so if you don’t know thats ok, but please try to awnser them. i know this is really really last minute but if you can get this to me by tonight or the latest tomorrow morning,the 19th.

    1.What is the rarest shell known?

    2.what is your favorite shell?

    3.where is the most common spot shells are found?

    4.what’s an overlay?

    5.How are shells made?

    6.how old is the ooldest shell kown?

    7.if a shell was to be put in a pool what would happen?

    8.whats the hardest shell to break into?

    9.is there a difference between how a land shell and a sea shell is made?

    10.how big is the biggest shell known?

    thoese are my question’s. please reply soon.

    thank you VERY VERY much for your time
    Brooke Ely


  5. Hi Pam, nice to read about you, I am also a shell collector and I make shell art.
    I am from Norway and live in Oslo.
    I will write to you on Facebook.
    Best reg. from Lise.


  6. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for stopping by Flandrum Hill. I do share your love of seashells. The ones we have here in Nova Scotia aren’t as colorful as the gorgeous ones found in warmer waters, but they can still be pretty interesting.

    I’m more into drawing than photographing shells. Your photographs are lovely.

    If you are on facebook, there is a group for shell lovers called Juntando Caracoles/ Picking Shells that has some videos you would probably enjoy.

    With all best wishes,


    1. Hi Amy-Lynn,
      Thank you for the nice comment. I draw too, but have never drawn shells. I am on facebook and will look into
      that group for sure.
      I visited Nova Scotia when I was a kid (that was quite a while ago!) and I don’t remember much about it except that I thought it was beautiful.
      I’m glad you left this note.
      I’ll be back to check on your blog too.
      All the best,



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