After my workshop at the Villages in FL I went and spent a couple of days on Sanibel and Captiva, small islands off the coast of Florida. It was a wonderful adventure, I went there because I heard so much about the multi color and different shells that are plied on the beaches. I thought this would be a perfect place to relax and get more referance material for paintings.
I was amazed how relaxed all the shorebirds were, you were able to walk right up to them without them flying away. This should give you a good idea of how wonderful the beachs are - perfect for shelling.