You may be able to tell from my writing that I live in central Florida very near the East coast beaches and waterways.

I moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 1979 with one young son in tow. Shortly after that I got married and eventually had three more kids. Florida was a very different place back then and we were happy.

ocean waves beach
Wave action

The beaches were awesome, and often my friends, who also had kids, would plan to all meet at New Smyrna Beach or Bethune and make a day of it. We loved the fact that we could go to Disney for the day any time we wanted. It didn’t cost hundreds of dollars back then! We could watch the Space Shuttle head into space from our driveway and even went to watch a launch up close once.

old vintage disney world ticket book
Old Magic Key Book, Cost – $8.75

In the 1980’s we traveled to Sanibel Island on the West coast where we found the most awesome seashells and swam in a very calm ocean. The sunsets were so gorgeous and the kids loved having the ocean in their front yard. We visited Destin in the panhandle, and have driven down to Key West. Florida is a very big state and we’ve seen a lot of it.

florida scenic waterway
Sunrise Over the ICW – Edgewater

Florida began to grow in population pretty fast during the 1980’s which meant widening roads, clearing land, and putting up buildings everywhere. Crime increased and the schools had over-crowded classrooms. We began to not like Florida quite so much anymore and moved to New Hampshire.

  • me pam about boat
  • boardwalk black and white
  • large horse conch seashells

I began my Zazzle business when I lived in New Hampshire, but creating seashell and beach designs meant I had to use shells collected from my time in Florida. That is when I began this blog. It was to help promote my new business, but it turned into lessons on seashells. Readers wanted to know more and so did I!

Now that I am back in Florida, I can share real life experiences of visiting beaches and photographing mollusks in their habitats. I sell photos and artwork with a beachy theme from my Seashells by Millhill store.

Writing this blog has been a learning experience for me. My writing has become better and my knowledge of sea life and Florida nature is ever improving. Having a cell phone camera has greatly improved my photo sharing abilities as well. Whenever I am outdoors I’m always looking for something to photograph for my blogs.

Thank you for reading, and I am especially grateful to readers who contribute their knowledge and leave comments. Because some links are affiliates, please read my disclaimer page as well.

Happy shell collecting!

Brad with big shell
My son in 2001 with a big (live) lightning whelk – at the time, I didn’t know what it was!

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Ginger Bencaz

    Hi Pam, I’m Ginger from Louisiana. I found 4 Scotch Bonnets yesterday at the beach. Today I came across your article on rare shells which is very good. Was reading about how you don’t have a Scotch Bonnet in your collection. I’m more than happy to send you one if you’d like. Feel free to contact me – text is best.
    Happy Hunting

    1. Pam

      Hi Ginger, wow, thank you very much for that offer. How very nice of you. It’s not a biggie that I don’t have a Scotch Bonnet, so please don’t go to any trouble. I do love them but apparently they don’t live in my area. Maybe I will one day visit a place where I’ll come across one.
      Thank you so much for your kind offer, and for reading the blog!
      Happy shelling,

  2. Bee

    Hi Pam!
    Love the blog and info. I moved to Port Orange from NY in January. I also love to collect seashells. Since January I have acquired lots of them all sorts. I love the dunes and bought a pass back in February, parking is a pain but if you go early enough you may be lucky 😀 Found some really nice shells at Flagler beach last weekend. Definitely taking a trip to Sanibel soon 🐚
    Happy sea shell hunting!!

    1. Pam

      Hi Bee, good to hear from a local, and happy you are finding cool shells. Sanibel has changed so much, but it’s the place for shelling. I haven’t been in many years, and the crowds keep me away. I enjoy having to search (sometimes for years LOL) for my treasures!

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