The skies of Sanibel Island

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On vacation in Sanibel Island.  On our first night I walked out of our room and walked the 20 feet to the beach.  The above was the view.

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One day before lunch, we were watching a storm roll in. This was the only rain we saw during our 5 day stay,  way off in the gulf.

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Moon going down one morning.

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An early walk on the beach produced the above.

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On our last night, we had dinner at a restaurant near a marina and watched the sun go down. It was a beautiful drive back to our hotel.

We did a staycation in late September and drove 2 hours south of Tampa and stayed right on the beach in Sanibel Island. Tourist season was over and it was very calm and quiet. It was nice just to relax and hang out on the beach for several days.  I took tons of pictures (I can only relax so much) so I’ll be boring you with my “What I did on my summer vacation” pictures coming up. I did bring my Nikon camera and several lenses but all of the above were taken with my Iphone.

The duckling and the rainbow

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Mom and the only child came swimming down the channel toward our dock. I ran out with my camera to take a few shots and they came close to the dock.

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The duckling was trying to eat the bugs on the sea wall.

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A little blue heron was above him on the wall.

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I heard thunder coming from the front yard. I walked around the house and found this across the street.

Skywatch Friday

A walk around a pond after work

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Still working on my dragonfly shots.

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There are always bunnies along the sidewalk. They don’t seem to mind the joggers going by but if you stop for a few seconds and look at them, they hop into the bushes.

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My first brown thrasher of the year. This one was in the shade near some bushes. He had popped out to get a bug.

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Red winged blackbirds are the “go to” birds when no one else is around. This one was at least posing on a pretty weed.

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I got excited when I saw a black necked stilt. I’ve never seen one at this pond before.

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I got even more excited when I saw another one sitting on a nest. This is a slim chance nest though. She’s on a mud flat near the edge of the pond during a drought. If we get more than 3 inches of rain it will flood this nest. Rainy season was just about to start. This pond has a lot of small alligators creeping around. This was in mid-May and I haven’t made it back to see if the nest was still there. It’s a tough one.

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Seeing a slight rainbow before the sun went down.

I hit the park near work for a walk before heading home. This was the same area where I had seen the sora rails. I had heard there was a Virginia rail there and went looking for it. No luck on the rail but I did see the stilt on the nest.