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

Going Home

I just returned from a week in Florida; I got home Saturday night, but my luggage didn't arrive until the next day.  Yeah, I found it in the snow the next morning. Sanibel Island is a gorgeous place this time of year, with sunny skies, tropical plants, and wind chill in the 80's.  My suitcase … Continue reading Going Home