Wow!!! Thanks for sharing these photos. Please keep them coming.
It is quite an art to photograph sea shells. I will definitely have to improve my photography skills, as there are plenty pretty little shells begging me to catch their “best side”! 🙂
Well done! It must have taken you a LOT of time.
Nice! I love shells and bring some home from wherever I travel to. Love the sand dollar, we have them here on the Westcoast.
I just love shells too, Sabine. They often find a way into my pocket. 🙂
Just got back from the beach. No shells this time, but some interesting small rocks shaped by time and the sea. Love your blog and will be back for more!
Oh, how lovely. I am a bit like a crow when I go to the beach. Such a pity that I now live in the dessert and not close to a beach.
The desert is beautiful in its own way! The only one I’ve been to is in California. Very different from the one you live in for sure. Even though it seems that there is not much life, deserts are really amazing places.
Where in Germany did you live?
I was an au pair in a small town called Viernheim, sort of in between Heidelberg and Mannheim. It was my first experience of living and travelling overseas, and was just wonderful.
We lived in Heidelberg for a couple of years right near the castle. My best friend lived in Mannheim. So I quite possibly passed through your city going back and forth. I did the au-pair thing in Brussels and Athens. It’s a wonderful way of exploring new places.
Oh my word, what a coincidence. It is a lovely part of Germany. I loved Heidelberg. Au pair work is certainly a great way to exploring new places, and to get to know a different culture.
This is really great stuffs, which help me alot, I have matched them to the shell of Oman, collected by me, most of them are found in Oman. Thanks posting them here
I’m so glad to hear that Asghar.
I am glad too to see such stiff cf, this is really help in alot, Can I share some shell more which are hard to describe and zero references I have found from the net.
Nice collection, Jolandi! Were you finding your shells just in the Gulf or also looking on the East coast? We too are building an extensive collection of UAE and Oman shells, basing our finds on the excellent “Seashells of Eastern Arabia” book written several years back by Donald Bosch. Are you still collecting?
Thanks, Andrew. I’ve mostly collected my shells from the Gulf (Ras-al-Khaimah beaches, when we lived there), but a handful actually comes from the East Coast (Kalba). Sadly I don’t collect anymore, but my collection, filling a big glass container in our apartment in Abu Dhabi, at least reminds me of those days. Yes, I’ve also used the same book. It truly is excellent. I am always curious about what people do with their collections. Do you display it, or simply keep it in boxes?
I have some of the nicer shells on display on shelves and in glass-top coffee table , but the collection is rather swamping my small 1-bed apartment, so I also have boxes and bags of shells under the bed, and just about everywhere else too! We are lucky to have such a wide variety of collectible shells in this region.
The image of your apartment being over-taken by your shell collection brings a smile to my face. And you are so right about the amazing variety of collectible shells in the region. We are lucky indeed!
A great collectionof shells here that really helped me to identify shells I found on the beach in Kuwait. You must have put in a lot of effort. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Margarita. I did. It was fun trying to identify the shells I picked up on some lovely walks. As you would have noticed, I didn’t manage to identify all of them.
Jolandi, Margarita, you might both like to join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/580016529444960
where there are many like-minded people who collect shells from the region, and who may be able to put names to any you are still struggling to identify. The group is called Marine Mollusca of the Arabian Peninsula”, and I am one of the Admin – would be happy to have you onboard.
Thank you for pointing me to the Facebook page and going through all the trouble to identify so many of the shells for me, Andrew. You are an angel.
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