Breakfast

Waterfowl are plentiful on Sanibel Island off the Gulf coast of Florida.  I caught this Little Blue Heron near the shore of one of the many walking trails on the island. It was early morning but the sun was high enough to allow a fast shutter speed: 1/5000 at f8 and ISO 2000.  The bird … Continue reading Breakfast

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

Sea Stars

Thousands of Sea Stars had washed ashore on Sanibel Island.  I'd never seen or heard of these before -- Star Fish yes, but never Sea Stars.  The one pictured above measures about 10-12" across, a large one; most were 6-8". What I found interesting was where they were located on the beach -- on the … Continue reading Sea Stars

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

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

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