Shell in the sky
Hi, readers. Still coming to you LIVE from the Florida coast. Enjoying 1) warmth. Temps around 74 today, 2) sunlight. Sunlight! Sunlight!! 3) Not too much wind. Ahhhh….that adds another six degrees at least. 4) family. Oh, lovely, lovely family!!
I just took a poll from family members. Here’s the scoop. You can share what you think. Lately I’ve taken to compressing 90% of the photos for this blog. It takes ten seconds to upload, versus 3-4 minutes.
The first photo on this blog is non-compressed. The next eight are compressed. The last one is not compressed.
I asked Kiah and my mom. “What do you think?”
They both voted unanimously for me to quit being lazy–although that’s not what they said–and post the non-compressed version.
Ibis pecking in the Bird Sanctuary near the Gulf
Most of these photos come to you from yesterday’s walk. We walked the same path today. It takes about an hour to walk from the condo to the beach and back. Today we had three generations of walkers. My mom, daughter, brother and me!
It’s amazing, how the landscape changes. We’re walking an entirely different walk from previous years. Storms and hurricanes change the landscape. Where water blocked our path last year, this year it’s clear.
Driftwood, sandy shore
It’s also interesting how the tide changes everything. Do you see the driftwood above? Today, at high tide, it lay almost invisible in the rolling waves.
What is this man doing?
Yesterday we stopped, amazed, at the above sight. A man–perhaps a scientist–looked through his fancy equipment at the–perhaps–tiny insects in the backwater pond. His dog lay patiently at his side. A piece of plastic protected him from the mud and wet. (My mother just insisted he was photographing little birds.)
What a patient dog.
Perhaps he is a famous scientist. Perhaps he simply pursues this as a hobby. I wonder what he saw as he peered through his special equipment. Will we ever know?
Little boy skipping in the surf
It’s fun to watch children play in the Gulf. They splash with such abandon. They give themselves utterly to sand and water.
Seashell and seaweed
My mom and I usually walk this alone. Today was special with my bro and daughter. We showed them the “jungle” through which you must walk at times to reach the shore. I asked my brother how his winter had been. It’s hard to think of winter when you’re walking on Florida beaches.
One leaf in white white sand
After our walk on the beach, we tried to stop at the Holiday Inn and buy an orange juice or coffee. The outdoor tiki bar did not open until 11 a.m. We wanted to get back to the pool to sun.
We’ve been eating at restaurants like you wouldn’t believe. Today we visited the Fish House just behind the condominium. Tonight we’re driving to Naples to eat dinner with my mom’s cousin and her husband. They are lovely people; it will be good to see them again.
Looks like this driftwood has legs
I am about done with my book. Anyone have any suggestions for a good book? A really really good book? Not a mystery or detective novel or anything. Some good fiction or historical fiction. Of course, it has to be available at the island bookstore. Unless we head to the interior for shopping.
Three leaves in sunlight & sand
I finally talked with #1 son (who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday skiing in the mountains in Southern California: HI CHRIS!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!) and #1 husband (HI BARRY! Great to talk with you! Glad you had a good gig last night.)
After today, only three full days here in southern Florida. But we’re not going to think about that yet. Not even thinking about Lake Superior. Except some woman at the pool said we MUST talk to her husband. He loves the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They’re going to visit next summer.
OK, that’s the scoop. Hope you all had a nice weekend!