Friday, November 13, 2009

It's all about the view ...

I took this photo early this morning -- just after sunrise -- from our lanai looking west/southwest.  The quality of the light shining on the mangrove swamp was just stunning with a cloudless blue sky.  The backwaters are Upper Clam Pass, with the Gulf of Mexico in the background.  The sun was not yet high enough to reflect the glorious turquoise waters so often seen down here.  As I look out the window now, the Gulf is a thousand different shades of aqua.

All the vegetation you see in this photo is mangrove swamp and part of the protected wetlands of Pelican Bay, the community we live in.  There's a wide boardwalk that snakes through the mangroves to the beach.  As I walked to the beach this morning, I recalled with some amusement that while walking through this area with a friend, she was annoyed that I pointed out the hundreds of very large, colorful spiders that cling to their webs overhead and on both sides of the boardwalk between the mangrove branches.  These grow to be as much as three inches long and have yellow bodies and black-and-white legs.  "Gee," she said, warily looking up; "Did you have to mention that?  I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't said anything.  Now I'll never be able to walk through here again!"

Sometimes, truthfully, I'm also reluctant to look up and around while walking through.  Spiders kind of freak me out, too.  But then I might miss seeing the egrets, blue herons, storks, crabs, ibis and assorted other creatures that make this area their home.  And that would be a shame. 

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Southern Floridians, come and say hi!

I've juried into my first outstanding show in Southwest Florida ... The Estero Fine Art Show, to be held February 27 and 28, 2010, outdoors at Miromar Outlets, just off I-75 at the Corkscrew Road exit in Estero, Florida (just north of Naples/Bonita Beach and just south of Ft. Myers).  Fabulous fine art, beautiful handmade high-end crafts, live music and fabulous food.  Not to mention outstanding outlet shopping right next door.  Come on down and say hi!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Back to the beach!

Our bags are packed, my loaded car is on its way south, and by this time tomorrow we'll be at the airport ready to board our flight to Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers.  The temperatures on the Cape are about to plummet with talk of a few snow flurries later this week, so I'm thinking our timing is pretty good this year.

Looking forward now to feeling the warm sand between my toes and hearing those Gulf Shore waves rolling onto the beach.

Next post will be from sunny Florida!

A pair of ibis forage for breakfast on Vanderbilt Beach