The Kiss

Life magazine's iconic picture of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on VJ Day is reproduced in sculpture in Key West, Florida.  It stands in front of the old Customs House, which is now the Key West Museum of Art and History. The original photo (not this one, Duh), and the sculpture,  still … Continue reading The Kiss

Sarasota at Dawn

Looking across Sarasota Bay, a city park on Lido Key provided an excellent view of Sarasota's skyline.  It was 6:15 AM. I found this place pretty much by accident.  After reviewing several Google maps, I was actually looking for a marina in this area, but the public park provided a much better view.   A few … Continue reading Sarasota at Dawn

Sleeping Beauty

I just got back from Florida, spent some time near Sarasota and a couple days on Key West.  It was a nice break from Nebraska's winter. The beaches promise abundant opportunity for photos of exotic birds, sunsets, fishing, boating, sea shells and, of course, people.  Most people at the beach are soaking up the sun, … Continue reading Sleeping Beauty

Egret

Early morning, just after sunrise, I was walking along a gravel road on Florida's Sanibel Island when I spotted this egret.  Hard to miss; its size is impressive, standing about 3 feet tall. The water was shallow, maybe 4-6" deep, swampy, almost stagnant.  The egret moved easily among the heavy brush, constantly stabbing at something in … Continue reading Egret

Keep Right

A diamond-shape yellow sign with black letters saying, "Keep Right" is a common sight along roadways in the US.  Even pedestrians keep right on sidewalks, paths, and hiking trails. No signage was necessary for totally different two-footed species walking on the beach of Florida's Sanibel Island to keep right.  Without any instruction or direction, the … Continue reading Keep Right

Tri-Colored Heron

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to watch birds, especially water birds.  The 6,400 acres of natural habitat take up about two-thirds of Sanibel Island on the Gulf side of Florida. I found this tri-colored heron close to a board walk that wandered through a mangrove forest.  Roots of the … Continue reading Tri-Colored Heron

Dolphin

Another first for me: a dolphin cruise, taken in late February from Marco Island, Florida. This particular cruise combines tourism with research; i.e. every time the boat goes out for dolphin research, the two marine biologists/tour guides take tourists with them and explain what they're doing and why.   Very interesting. This particular dolphin was following our speeding boat, … Continue reading Dolphin

Wanted – Burrowing Owls

The search for safe habitat for Burrowing Owls on Marco Island, Florida continues.  This particular species of owls are considered Endangered and everything possible is being done to protect them.  When their burrows are spotted on empty lots a perch is provided and the area around their burrow is roped off in a 20' square.  Once a birds' … Continue reading Wanted – Burrowing Owls

Florida Winters

Floridians have it tough during the winter.  The skies tend to be more grey, it rains once in a while, and the palm trees lose a leaf or two.  I'm not a big fan of Florida per se, but this view from our condo last winter sure beats the view from my living room right now. Thought … Continue reading Florida Winters

Happy Hour

About a year ago, we were sitting on the beach of our condo in Sanibel Island, Florida enjoying a beverage while watching the sun go down.  Today, our friends from the Boston area are hunkered down in six feet of snow ... with more on the way.   Uggh!   The Midwest isn't exactly balmy, … Continue reading Happy Hour

Winter Home

This cozy little winter home of Henry Ford is in Fort Meyers, Florida, right next door to his good friend, Thomas Edison -- the homes are identical.  It is not a mansion by any stretch, definitely not memorable, but I needed something to remind me where these fascinating tree roots were found. The roots belong … Continue reading Winter Home

Sanibel Stoop

Sanibel Island, Florida is known for its sea shells.  By some accounts, Sanibel has the best beaches in the Western Hemisphere for collecting sea shells, second in the world only to a beach in Thailand. At any given time on the beach, rain or shine, you can see more people stooped over picking up shells … Continue reading Sanibel Stoop

Sanibel Island, Florida

On the day I returned from Sanibel Island, Florida, the ground hog saw his shadow, which means we have six more weeks of winter.   Ugh!   Last night we had 3-4" of snow, which we badly needed, but I could sure do without the high winds and single digit temps. While processing photos from … Continue reading Sanibel Island, Florida