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The Florida Strawberry Festival – and a side trip!

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Strawberry Festival TicketsSo, here’s the strategy. I’m meeting a friend at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida on Sunday.

Plant City is roughly 45 minutes from Walt Disney World.

Yes, I know – I was JUST there. But I have an annual pass and Starwood points for free stays. So, what would YOU do?

Yep, that’s what I’m going to do, too! I’ll go to Disney first, and then hit the Strawberry Festival on the way back. Look for mobile blogging from the Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT to commence sometime on Friday afternoon.

The last time I attended the Florida Strawberry Festival was 2008; here’s a slide show of pictures I took back then –



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A Tree Of Many Totems

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All around the Tree Of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are paths you can wander from which you can view animals in their habitats as well as trees, flowers and the local wildlife that has been attracted to this lovely park. A key ingredient to that attraction is the abundance of water. It flows, it pools and it falls, over, through and between all manner of things built into the landscape. The whoosh of water is an ever-present lullaby in the background of this lush, jungle-like world. Let’s take a walk through it right now!

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We’re inside a cave, with the water falling outside

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The waterfall creates a constant, fine mist, which keeps things moist and encourages moss to grow.

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Ooops, I think we’ve walked in on this giraffe taking a shower! 😉

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It’s a tree of many totems…




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Mythos at Islands of Adventure

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The “Lost Continent” section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park has taken a hit to make way for the new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” section. Casualties include:

  • The Flying Unicorn, a kiddie roller coaster, which has now been re-themed as Flight of the Hippogriff
  • The Enchanted Oak, a counter service restaurant that had the best ribs I’ve ever tasted on this entire planet, seems to have morphed into The Three Broomsticks – still counter service but with a decidedly English countryside twist to the menu
  • “Fire and Ice”, the feet-dangling-Erin-terrorizing double roller coaster, as been re-themed to reflect the Dragon Challenge in the Triwizard Tournament, an event around which Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was centered.

Still standing is the “Poseidon” themed section of the Lost Continent, including the award-winning Mythos restaurant. Inexplicably, I have always managed to miss dining at Mythos; one thing or another has prevented me from joining any of my friends and family there, thus far. So, if there is such a thing as a theme park “bucket list”, this would be on mine – lunch at Mythos. I have the feeling I’d better get to it sooner rather than later, before what remains of the Lost Continent becomes truly lost!



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My Future – from Spaceship Earth! [VIDEO]

At the end of the Spaceship Earth ride in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park, you get to choose a bunch of options on the touch screen of your vehicle. After that a little movie plays based upon the options you picked. Then, when you disembark, you have the opportunity to email the video to anyone you want, including yourself.

I used this technology as a fun little “fortune teller” about my future employment, just to amuse myself. This is what came out.

No, I have no idea who the surfer dude is!

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Just poking around, I found some video of Spaceship Earth while the fountain show was in progress – watery goodness, coming your way! SUBSCRIBERS: here comes another video!



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Visitor At A Southwest Florida Pond

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JULY 19TH, 2010 – 6:42 pm: I’d just been entertaining a passel of friends for a long weekend of hanging out and reminiscing. Now they were all going home. Made the last airport run of the day and came back to the house, only to find a new visitor had arrived and was stalking a meal out in the back yard. Ran for my camera, by which time he’d moved a couple of yards over.

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He didn’t much like it when I stepped off the lanai. He proceeded to fluff himself up indignantly and stalk down the bank of the pond (probably muttering, “damned paparazzi!”).

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OCTOBER 9TH, 2010 – 4:20 PM: I saw him quite a bit throughout the rest of the summer, but had a pretty hard time getting him to show me his best side. It seems he’s extraordinarily reticent (I’m trying to be nice here – I think he might actually be a snob).

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As always, the minute I stepped off the lanai, there he went. Here’s a shining example of his exit strategy – he just shows me his tail feathers!

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OCTOBER 10TH, 2010 – 6:27 PM: The back of the house faces precisely west, and the setting sun glaring off the pond can be unbearable – and very warm! This is where plantation shutters come in handy. I moved to the French doors to shutter them and when I glanced out, our visitor was poised and still, silhouetted against the water’s glare in the setting sun. Whatcha lookin’ at, Mr. Visitor?

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“Dinner,” came the reply as he casually speared his. The plump, hapless focus of his attention quivered and then was still.

He swallowed it whole 😯



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Coming Soon: Next Trip to Orlando!

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I am scheduled to visit Orlando at the end of the month. I’ll be going to Universal for sure to see Harry Potter with some old friends from New York. Plan to stop by the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival as well. Now that Disney has launched a new advertising campaign, I suppose these “Celebrate Today” banners will be gone. I wonder what will be in their place? Stay tuned!

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Southwest Florida: Scenes From Everyday Life

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It’s still rainy season here in Southwest Florida, which means we are still subject to the daily deluge. Here, a waterfall forms where the roof of the lanai meets the roof of the house. This is why I pick up “junk shells” from the beaches – I use them for erosion control! If I didn’t do that, there would be a big hole right there where the pavers meet the grass.


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Here’s a sight of which I am somewhat proud. Ever since I switched to an organic lawn maintenance company, I’ve seen a few green anoles around my property. Green anoles are indigenous to the southeastern United States. They face enough of a challenge from the invasive brown anole, which comes from Cuba and other Caribbean islands. We don’t need to be further eradicating them through overly-ambitious applications of pesticides. Even though I don’t care for the presence of anoles on my lanai (they poop all over the place!), I still think it’s a good sign that some green ones are hanging around.


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Tink’s *~*~* Links: Disney in my FB News Feed!

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All kinds of Disney stuff happening in my Facebook News Feed lately. Disney news is popping up in the oddest places – check it out!
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Disney aiming to establish technology standards for web-connected toys

So… how do you feel about kids having internet access through their toys? Even more controversial – how do you feel about the internet having access to your child through their toys? Do you feel better about it, knowing that Disney is going to have a hand in developing the standards that would govern such technology being included in the playthings used by children? I think the biggest issue with this is that there don’t seem to be laws that would enforce the adoption of such standards. Therefore, adoption of the standards, in whole or in part, would be entirely voluntary, which in my mind renders the standards sort of useless… Ultimately, I think it’s up to parents to decided if they want their kids ordinary playthings to increase their “always connected” -ness or not.

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Disney World As Edutainment

A dad waxes geekish on the educational opportunities that abound at all four Disney World parks in Orlando. He calls out the World Showcase and the salt water aquarium in EPCOT, Indiana Jones in Hollywood Studios, Conservation Station in the Animal Kingdom and The Hall of Presidents and Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom.

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Review: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

Now that his youngest kid is 5 years old, this dad has a little time to play video games again – and what better than a family-friendly Disney game? I’ve never played this game, but he seems REALLY happy with it – not only because it’s a good game but because he’s getting back to something he liked to do before the kids AND he can share it with his kids. Full of WIN :)

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A Geek Dad’s Disney World Observations

Final offering from Wired – yet another “GeekDad”, a Canadian, shares his humorous observations about the Disney World experience after spending 14 nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (love me some POR!). I’m shocked to discover how much he says Disney wanted to charge him for a six-pack of Corona – surely he’s gotta be speaking in Canadian dollars, eh?


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Day trippin’ on Sanibel Island

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09032010609-Fort-Myers-Beach-truckLast Friday, just before the three-day weekend festivities here in the United States, I took myself over to Sanibel Island for the day. I am very lucky to live within easy driving distance of the island (half an hour from driveway to causeway), and I really should do this more often.

As I approached the causeway, I encountered this truck on Summerlin Road. Considering all the “Mickey Mouse In The Wild” encounters I’d already experienced that week, I thought the “Don’t Mess With The Mouse!” slogan on the back of the truck was apropos 😉 click photo to see it bigger

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I was a little early for my appointment so I popped into a few shops. This one has a corner where it looks like Vera Bradley threw up!


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Finally, it’s time for my massage – can we say, “Ahhhhh!” now? :)


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After the massage, I poked around in a few more shops and found this wall hanging at “Pandora’s Box”. I liked the sentiment and the presentation, but didn’t think it was worth what they were asking for it. The artist’s name is Anahata Joy Katkin, in case you are interested in looking her up.


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My last stop was Gulfside City Park aka Algiers, one of Sanibel Island’s public beaches. I stayed about two hours, hunting the shoreline for treasures. It was mostly “kibbles and bits” shelling, but I did manage to score a couple of macaroni and cheese shells (aka, those little orange juvenile Florida horse conch shells).


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It was low tide by time I crossed the causeway again, and the sailboat that had run aground a few weeks back was now visible on that crescent-shaped sand bar just off the south side/”sad lane” (you’re sad cause you’re leaving Sanibel!). I wonder when someone is going to finally remove it – or is it destined to become a relic with all sorts of local legends attached to it?


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The Goddess Graveyard Near Everest

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A temple lies in ruins near Everest, but the faithful still bring offerings to appease the local deities. I’ve blogged this scene before, but I don’t think I examined it very closely…


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It looks like a goddess chop-shop around here! There’s even one goddess that’s accompanied by a (no doubt) sacred cow. She may be the only one that isn’t scattered about, legs over here, torso over there… I know better than to just assume these are random idols. Disney must have researched this! Someday, I’m going to figure out who all these goddesses are. I’ll get back to all uh y’all on that!
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Masterful topiaries at the International Flower & Garden Festival

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IMG_3457-WDW-EPCOT-butterfly-house:) Even if you’ve only been reading My Mobile Adventures *~*~* for a short time, you know that I’m not a fan of the “Disney fairies”, Tinker Bell’s alleged little friends from her alleged home of Pixie Hollow [see 5 Ways Disney has defiled Tinkerbell]. Still, I like to think that my prejudices still leave room for giving credit where credit is due. The Pixie Hollow display outside the butterfly house at EPCOT this past spring was a study in how to make great topiaries. Even without facial expressions, the artists who create these masterpieces manage to convey personality and emotion in every piece they created in this garden. I’m going to shut up now and just let you look. Brava, bravo, bravi Disney horticulture team!

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TA-DAAAAAA!

So, whaddaya think? Pretty darn good, huh? :)


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A Southwest Florida after dinner treat

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:) Good thing it’s Wordless Wednesday –

because, really, there just are no words…


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How to catch a snook at sunset

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IMG_3916A few weeks ago, I went shelling at Blind Pass around sunset. The tide was pretty low, and people were able to wade knee-high into the Pass. I stood on the Sanibel side and was interested in some kids who were playing on the jetty over on the Captiva side – fishing, horsing around, one of them striking a fencing pose with his fishing pole.

All the while, there was a guy in the Pass casting and reeling, casting and reeling. His friend kept encouraging him, even though he wasn’t getting anything. Suddenly, he had a bite! Instead of focusing on the kid, I focused on the Fishing Dude. When he finally reeled it in, he called to his friend, “Man I wish I had a camera!”

“Hey, over here!” I hollered from the shore. “I’ve got a camera!” Whereupon the Fishing Dude held his snook aloft like a trophy and I took the shot.

After they’d clambered out of the water, I asked for Fishing Dude’s email address so I could get the photos to him somehow. I ended up putting them into a set on my Flickr account and sending him the link.

Here’s that set of photos in slide show format, untouched – I didn’t even put a watermark on them, in case Fishing Dude wanted to download any of them. Hope you all enjoy!

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A surprise on the rose walk

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:) I have discovered the macro setting on my camera! And not only do I know where it is, I actually remember to use it on occasion. During a stroll on the rose walk in EPCOT this past spring, I noticed that I was in the presence of some of the smallest critters on Disney property – aphids on the roses. If you click this photo, it will take you to Flickr where you can view all sizes, including the one that will show you teeny tiny green and white critters on these rosebuds. I am pretty sure the green ones are aphids. Does anyone know what the white critters are?

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While there were plenty of buds, there were also plenty of blooms in April. It was April 24th, to be exact, and although the magnolias and the gardenias were disappointingly barren, the rose walk was VERY satisfying, with fat blooms sprinkled throughout. Definitely a feast for the eyes!

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As I was standing there in the middle of the Rose Walk fiddling with the camera – “Oooo, what does THIS button do?”, LOL – I heard a familiar “shhhhhhhush!” sound and looked up just in time to catch the Tronorail passing by overhead. The subject of great debate throughout the many Disney internet communities, the Tronorail has both its fans and its detractors. I don’t really have an opinion as to whether or not monorails should be turned into advertisements for Disney products. As long as it isn’t garrishly ugly to look at, I’m fine with it. The Tronorail is my favorite color, so I guess that means I like it. I did find myself repeatedly looking for it during my last few trips to Orlando, and was disappointed when it WASN’T the Tronorail passing overhead. Yeah, I guess I like it 😉

How about you – what’s your opinion of the Tronorail?

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Scenes from the Tuscan garden

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IMG_3556-WDW-EPCOT-Diana:) This year’s Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT featured outdoor living spaces set in a Tuscan garden. There was a grove of olive trees spread with slate-gray gravel, in the center of which stood Diana, mistress of the hunt. You might remember Diana. She was featured at the end of the drunken Bacchus scene in Disney’s Fantasia. She shot an arrow into the twilight sky, which burst with stars. However, she looked a wee bit different than pictured here; in the film, she was fully clothed 😉

After a bit of research, I am unable to determine why Diana was chosen to grace the Tuscan garden. She’s not especially connected to Tuscany. In fact, most of the known shrines to Diana in Italy stand significantly further south. This will have to remain a mystery – perhaps it’s simply a random selection by the CM who themed the garden.

IMG_3554-WDW-EPCOT-rainwater-cisternAlthough I did study Italian briefly in school, that was many years ago so I needed to take a photo of this phrase written in the round on the patio. It was the word “piovana”, which I’d never heard before, that was baffling me. When I got to a computer, I googled it. “Cisterna di acqua piovana” means “reservoir of rain water”. I guess the implication here is that the reservoir is sunken into the ground. I’ve heard that’s a bad thing to do with your rainwater if you’re going to consume it in some way, but I guess if you’re only going to use it to water the plants and you don’t actually drink it or bathe in it or use it to cook, then it is probably ok.

IMG_3553So far we’ve only seen a sign with a reference to “acqua” or “water”. Now we’re going to see the actual water. You may have to click the picture and view it in a larger size to see. Here it is – a fountain mounted on a wall of ivy, in the shape of a ram’s head. See that trickle coming out of his mouth? That’s water! I know, it’s barely a trickle but it is actual, genuine water! There was much more to this outdoor living space, but I will save those photographs for another day.


 

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Wishes from the Seven Seas Lagoon

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:) One night during my May whirlwind weekend trip to Walt Disney World, my brother, the infamous “Chez Bro”, had a surprise for us. He’d hired a boat to take us out on a cruise from Disney’s Contemporary resort on Bay Lake over to the Seven Seas Lagoon, where we would watch Wishes from out on the water. After we’d had dinner at The Wave, we met some of our local Orlando-area cousins up in the Contemporary’s lounge for a drink, and then we proceeded to the Contemporary’s dock. Our skipper met us there with a cooler full of soft drinks and a basket of snacks. It was a fairly warm night, no need for a jacket. The skipper guided us under the monorail bridge and then over the water bridge that passes over the road leading to and from the front entrance of the Contemporary (the road actually passes under the water!). Soon we were floating in the middle of the Seven Seas Lagoon. We could see the light parade floating in the distance but by time we caught up with it, the show was over and the barges were dark.

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After a while, the fireworks started and they were spectacular! Here, you can see the castle is lit in blue, lurking behind the train station. Mostly, our skipper tried to float us into a position where we could see the castle off to one side, but sometimes we listed away – this was one of those times.

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Here, we’ve righted our position, and you can see the castle again, this time in lavender. I took many, many pictures but it was difficult to get clean shots due to the movement of the boat. These two were the best of the bunch. It was a wonderful experience and I’d certainly love to have the opportunity to do it again.

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Mystic mountain mirrored

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IMG_1442-WDW-DAK-Everest-reflectedBack in the early days of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there was an attraction called Discovery River Boats, the purpose of which wasn’t really so much entertainment as it was to taxi the guests around the park via the river that winds around Discovery Island. There was a dock in Asia and another close to the entrance of the park, just after you emerge from the Oasis. These docks have been repurposed since the attraction shut down. The one in Asia is now a shaded sitting area to rest or eat, and the other one is a character meet-and-greet spot.

I sometimes find myself wishing that attraction still existed. It can be very pleasant to float along in a boat at Disney World, a peaceful respite during a busy day. And then I get a shot like this one, and I realize that it would not have been possible with boats running around disturbing the reflections.

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Orange moon over “Algiers” Beach, Sanibel Island

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Last Thursday (05-27-2010) was the “full flower moon” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The moon was orange and huge as it hovered over the Gulf of Mexico. This is how it looked as seen from the beach at Gulfside City Park on Sanibel Island – more commonly known to locals as “Algiers”.

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Lost scenes from the Jungle Cruise

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:) Look, it’s a hippo! He’s either hungry, or else bored….

Sometimes when I’m out and about and taking photos with the camera phone, I’m too busy photographing to mobile blog. I know that sounds strange but consider: can you send email and take pictures with your phone at the same exact time? I can’t. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a camera phone that CAN do that. So if I start emailing, which can take 30-60 seconds depending on the size of the shot, I cannot keep on taking pictures while that’s going on, and sometimes miss a good shot. Therefore, I will sometimes just keep on taking pics and then forget to scroll back and start sending!

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That’s what happened with some shots I took on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom last week. I just kept snapping and snapping and then when we got off the boat it was off to another adventure and I never sent them. I love the animatronics on the Jungle Cruise -they still look great and some of them are very realistic. I think Disney especially did the hippo and the littler elephants really well.

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This isn’t an animatronic anything. It’s part of the stone ruins that you pass before entering the temple. I call her “the goddess”. I’m not even sure why I think this is a “her” – just a hunch, I guess. She’s one of my favorite things in the Magic Kingdom :)

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A whimsical watery wonder

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I was sitting on a bench in the Canada section of EPCOT’s World Showcase. A Disney Cast Member came along, sweeping up. Suddenly, he was not using the broom to sweep up garbage any more. He was dunking the broom in a pail of water and using it to draw a Mickey head on the pavement !

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Shady glade on the rose walk

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:) EPCOT’s rose walk has the only bench that I know of in any of the Disney theme parks that has a market umbrella installed next to it. The umbrella is a testament to the fact that it’s a rare thing to find a shady spot along rose walk. There are two places where trees throw shade JUST off the walkway. Even if you can’t sit in that shade, it still brings a smidgen of relief just to look at it on a hot day.

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Shrine by a quiet stream in Anandapur

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A shrine made of stone sits by a quiet stream at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Anandapur is the name of the fictional village. In the real world, outside the 42 square miles upon which Disney built his Florida empire, there are two places called Anandapur. One of them is in India, and the other is in Bangladesh.

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Jersey Girl

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I can’t believe I lived in New York most of my life and didn’t know this!

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Two Ladies in the Harbor, September 2006


 

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“Sha la la la la la la la….” yep, apparently she’s a Jersey Girl!”


 

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Dinosaur Week: rock-o-saurus?

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IMG_0932-WDW-DAK-dinosaur-stones:) A few years back, I was treading the path up to Camp Minnie Mickey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I took a look to my right as I was passing over the stream and I saw this waterfall spewing forth from a pile of… hey wait just a minute! That’s no ordinary pile of rocks. That looks like a dinosaur – a stegosaurus, as a matter of fact! You know, the one that mildly resembles a rhinoceros, only with a bunch of armor all over, and a stand-up collar. Look at the water gushing through those TEETH! It can’t be a mistake; the Imagineers had to have built it that way on purpose. But why? Why build a stegosaurus waterfall on the path to Camp Minnie Mickey?

Well, some people say that it’s not a stegosaurus at all. Some people say that Camp Minnie Mickey was originally supposed to be the site of a “land” in the Animal Kingdom where mythological creatures dwell and that our stegosaurus waterfall was actually supposed to be a fire-breathing dragon. I totally believe that there was originally supposed to be a “Beastly Kingdom” where Camp Minnie Mickey now stands, but no way is that a dragon. It’s very obviously a stegosaurus!


OK, so what do YOU think – dinosaur or dragon?
Leave a comment, let me know!

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Tree of Life: the giraffe

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:) My head was still swimming with the mysteries I’d learned about torri gates and goddesses as I browsed my photos yesterday in search of a Wednesday offering. My eyes came to rest on a photo of the giraffe by the waterfall. This is one of the scenes carved into the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each time I visit this theme park, I can spend an hour or more just wandering the paths that wind around the Tree. I find this area to be an oasis of sorts, far removed from the noisy crowds. The only sounds are the soothing rush of the waterfalls and occasional bird calls.

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Curious, I fired up google and entered “giraffe symbolism” and found that some traditions believe that giraffes possess superior vision and perceptiveness. There seem to be two factors that influence this belief. One, the giraffe is very tall and can therefore see further into the distance than other animals can. It is said that if the giraffe is your totem (animal spirit guide), then your ability to see into the future is enhanced. Two, the giraffe has a third horn, but it is hidden beneath a flap of skin just above the eyes. This is said to represent inner perception.

Combined with the “flow” of the nearby waterfall, I’m finding that I rather like the idea of a giraffe spirit guide! Now if only Rafiki would come and tell me my future! :)

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Canada’s magical mystery shoes – the plot thickens

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:) Long time readers might remember that I once posted about shoes I’d discovered in the O, Canada! pavilion at EPCOT. I was at Walt Disney World one fine day last spring with my friend Debbie who happened to spot the shoes lying on a rocky ledge into which water from the falls poured. You can click here to see some photos. If you read a few of the comments, you will understand that Disney Cast Members who work in the O, Canada! pavilion seem to know all about the shoes and indicate that they will take the secret to their graves.

By the way, the next time I visited was December, and the shoes weren’t there, but I found another strange item in an out-of-the-way place. I guess you never know what’s going to pop up next in O, Canada!

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When comparing pictures in this post to those in the post from last year, you can see that last time the shoes were perched on the craggy ledge of the cliff. However, this time the shoes are bobbing perilously in a shallow pool that has formed on another section of the ledge. How, I wondered, did the shoes get into the pool? Did one of Florida’s exotic water fowl land there and knock them in? Were they transported by human hands? Telepathy? Mice? Yes, mice. Haven’t you seen Cinderella? If they can sew a ball gown, they’d have no problem moving a pair of shoes!

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I do think there is something very strange afoot (no pun intended… ok, maybe just a little). What were the shoes doing there in the first place? Was there foul play involved (note I did not say “fowl” play, for that would make two allegedly unintended puns in a single paragraph, and we can’t have that)? How did all those Cast Members happen to show up at my blog MONTHS later to make cryptic remarks and never explain themselves or the secret of the shoes? Are these the SAME shoes I saw last year, or are they a different pair, owned and lost by a different doomed soul whose single misfortune was to have apparently wandered onto the wrong craggy rock!


What do YOU think?

What is the significance of Canada’s magical mystery shoes, and how did they get there?

Are they just a prop – official or unofficial – or are they the actual shoes of a real, live person?

Is it a guest prank? A Cast Member prank? Not a prank at all?

The plot – it thickens! 😀

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I dream of … cumulo-nimbus?

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:) Call me a child of the 60s who watched too many sitcoms, but I thought this cloud looked like a genie coming out of the bottle! The fact that it is happening on the World Showcase in Disney’s EPCOT, right above Morocco, has not escaped me – that’s where Aladdin and Jasmine usually hang out to sign autographs and have their pictures taken with the crowd. So maybe it IS the Disney genie! 😉

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A petulant poser in the Pangani Forest

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A gorilla on the “bachelor” side of the Pangani Forest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom decides to sulk and turns his back to the camera. Guests are instructed not to establish eye contact or gesture towards the male gorillas, as this can upset them. Someone broke the rules, and after a short period of agitated pacing, the gorilla decided to chill out next to the waterfall.

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Spaceship Earth, far and near

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Smile, it’s Wednesday :)


(and that means two more sleeps till Disney World!)

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Towers and tails – a twilight perspective

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A view of the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort from the World Showcase in EPCOT. The dolphin sculptures on top of the resort wave their tails in the air. One is obscured by the Eiffel Tower from the French pavilion. Perspective makes it seem as though the Eiffel Tower stands right alongside the resort.

Here’s the map of the area in question. I think I was standing on the right at “F”, near Norway/China. The French pavilion is just to the left of “Restaurant Marakesh”, and the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort is further left. (NOTE: if you click to view the map larger, you will see Marakesh and the Dolphin labeled)


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Scenes from The Blue Dolphin, Sanibel Island

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IMG_0563A reader wrote and asked me to opine about The Blue Dolphin, a small, lush resort on West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island. I have visited my friend Christene of Our Vanilla Life when she has lodged there, and stayed overnight one time.

The Blue Dolphin sits on a stretch of West Gulf Drive that has been known for good shelling. About a half-mile down the beach is a place called “The Rocks”, where some wonderful things, including live tulips, have been known to congregate. The two units I’ve been inside were roomy and comfortable. Both had a separate bedroom, and a sleeper sofa in the “great room”.

IMG_5642I liked the front porch area at the unit Chris rents each year. The entire property is lushly landscaped; not only is it beautiful but it helps to provide some privacy. The only drawback is that it isn’t screened-in, so once the noseeums come out for the evening, you must abandon the area and scurry inside.

One of the things I like best about the Blue Dolphin is that some of the units have a back door. Right outside the door is a spigot to wash your feet and a shelf to lay out your shells to dry. And the back door leads right into the bathroom, so you just bring your wet, sandy self/children in that way instead of traipsing through the whole unit.

05082009122 If you don’t feel like lounging by your unit, there’s a covered lounge area facing the Gulf where you can sit and read a book while enjoying the shade and the view. You may see dolphins hunting, or pelicans diving for their dinner, or else shore birds foraging in the surf. Or you may just close your eyes and let the rhythm of the waves lull you into a nice afternoon nap. You may not be able to bear to keep them closed for long, though – this is what your view is from the shady lounge area.

And then, there’s the sunset. Nothing compares!

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More scenes from Disney’s Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk as seen from the plaza between the Swan and Dolphin resorts


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Here’s that wedding pavilion I was telling you about last week; I think I’m standing in front of Disney’s Yacht Club


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And speaking of the Yacht Club… as seen from the restaurant area of the Boardwalk



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Crest O’ The Wave – scenes from Disney’s Boardwalk

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:) There’s a “wedding pavilion” on Disney’s Boardwalk – well, I’ve never seen a wedding happening there, but it is the PERFECT spot for one. It’s a beautiful wooden structure with some wonderfully detailed arches that make a perfect frame for pictures. Since the lake that the Boardwalk follows is crescent-shaped, you can stand at one end, where the pavilion is, and photograph the other end. Here’s what my camera saw when I stood there on a blustery day in December. Enjoy!

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Stalking the big, red “hidden” Mickey heads at EPCOT

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I love the banks of the lagoons at EPCOT during the International Flower and Garden Festival, because of the all the fun shapes planted into the flower beds. I’ve seen hearts, stars, half-moons and of course, “hidden” Mickey heads. Last spring, the landscaping included two huge, red “hidden” Mickey heads in these locations. One was very close to the glass pyramids that house the Imagination! attraction. The other was quite close to the butterfly house on the other side of the park. Here we go – enjoy!

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Picture perfect on the rocks at Disney’s EPCOT

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In Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park, just across the walkway from the China pavilion in the World Showcase, there is a certain rock formation that is distinctive because it has a “doughnut hole” shape cut into it. Many of you reading this may recognize it. Here’s what it looks like on a normal day in May.

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During the winter holiday season, that same rock formation gets dressed up in red, China’s favorite color – we discussed this yesterday! Here’s what the area looks like adorned with festive red lanterns.

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And here’s what it looks like when you are standing in the exact right spot on the path – the “doughnut hole” perfectly frames a lovely young tree that grows on an island in the middle of World Showcase lagoon.

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EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival drives away the winter doldrums

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During the winter time, even here in Florida it can be chilly and bleak. Right now, we’re having an unusually long cold snap, with temps plunging into the lower 30s at night and never making into the 60s during the day. So I went looking for outdoor, watery scenes full of flowers and color and spectacular skies for today’s post. Here’s EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival this past May (2009). The Festival will begin again in March – that’s only 2 months away! In the meantime, photographs and memories can keep us going until spring comes once more.

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Sugar-frosted reflection at the Magic Kingdom

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The story goes like this – Cinderella decided that for Christmas, she wanted her home to look just as sparkly and beautiful as her glass slipper. And before you can say “Bibbidi bobbidi boo!”, the deed is done. Here we see all that glistening goodness reflected in the moat – if only the bridge was located 20 feet back, we could get the whole castle in the shot! But it’s not, so this will have to do. Happy Hump Day, everyone!

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The beach at Blind Pass, Captiva Island

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Photo taken with my Nokia E71 camera phone at Blind Pass, Captiva Island. It’s a little grainy, because the camera phone needs more light than this to be effective, but I liked the composition and the way the struggling sun seeps through the clouds to reflect on the water. My friend Christene and I stopped to see if the storm was bringing in any good shells, but it was too cold and windy to stay. December 5th, 2009

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Friends at the fishin’ hole, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Catch a wave on Fort Myers Beach

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Sand sculpture of a surfer dude catching a wave. Just trying to be a little clever for Watery Wednesday 😉 Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 2008

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Water and sky at EPCOT

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I like this fountain – it’s right in front of Spaceship Earth as you enter the park from the front/monorail entrance. Unfortunately, the view of it from the front of the park is obstructed by those silly Leave-A-Legacy “tombstones” (c’mon, those of you who have seen them, don’t tell me that the whole thing doesn’t sort of remind you of a cemetery!). Maybe someday, Disney will restore the entry to EPCOT and move the silly monuments to someplace where they won’t mess with the scenery!

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Dolphin in the mist, Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney World Dolphin resort is enshrouded in mist and reflects eerily in the lake below. As seen from the 4th floor corner balcony room at the Dolphin’s sister resort, the Walt Disney World Swan.

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What will YOU celebrate? at Disney’s EPCOT

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A festive “celebrate” banner helps to frame a scenic view of Disney’s EPCOT theme park. That’s “Japan” in the distance.

Are you going to Walt Disney World this year? I’m going in 16 more sleeps! Meeting my brother and sister-in-law there for his birthday/their anniversary. How many sleeps left for you? And when you get there – what will YOU celebrate?




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Lovely, now where’s my pot of gold? ;)

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:) I was driving through a sudden shower, on my way over the causeway to a birthday dinner celebration for my friend Cheryl, when I happened to glance to my left and saw this rainbow hanging out near Fort Myers Beach. I pulled over at the first opportunity. If you look closely, you can see that it’s actually a double, which had started to fade by time I found a place to stop. This is one of the BEST things about living in Southwest Florida. The skies are so big and dramatic, with towering clouds and beautiful rainbows :)

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Mystery shoes in EPCOT’s Canada

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:) A waterfall splashes down the side of “the Canadian Rockies” in EPCOT. But, hey – what’s that up there on that ledge?

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Wow, it’s shoes! Did someone go swimming, perhaps? Or did some Rocky Mountain hiker drop them from on high? Or maybe this is the handiwork of some rather high-spirited Walt Disney World guests. I doubt I’ll ever find out! My friend Deb first spotted them, and then I confirmed it with my 10x optical zoom. Fun stuff!

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Of sand, surf and skateboards on Sanibel Island

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:) On Sunday, I drove out to Sanibel Island to hang out with my friends Gary and Tootie. Shortly after I arrived, we proceeded to “Santiva”, as the the area near the bridge between Sanibel and Captiva is known. We had lunch at the Sunset Grill, and then we went to look at Blind Pass. The pass between Sanibel and Captiva had filled itself in years ago, but a recent dredging project opened it up again. It is hoped that the flow of salt and brine through the pass will improve the health of the estuaries on the bay side of the islands, and also improve fishing in the area. Tootie said that it’s been reported that sharks are using the pass quite a bit already. 😯

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As we stood on the bridge watching the water swirl under the bridge and break on the newly carved shores, Gary and I realized that one of our prime shelling beaches had in fact been removed by the dredging! You can click here to see all the gifts from Gustav (one year ago on September 1st 2008), and then if you want to see more, click here to see what came later in the month when Ike passed through (September 22nd, 2008). The place where we’d scored great hauls of shells after storms last year was now gone, and the swirling waters were in it’s place. We contemplated this for a moment, and then we saw the skateboard. Tootie observed that you’re supposed to bring a surfboard, not a skateboard! We were there for another ten minutes or so, but the owner never showed up, and the mystery of the skateboard in the sand remains unsolved.

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Illuminating look at EPCOT

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IMG_6679-WDW-EPCOT-lamps-SpaceshipEarth:) Strolling around the World Showcase late one afternoon last fall, I spied these two lanterns by the lagoon, with the blue puffy-clouded sky and Spaceship Earth as a backdrop. On the lower right of the photo, you can see one of the Friendship boats I wrote about yesterday. It’s fun to note how accents like these lanterns can change in style as you make your way from one country to the next. Most of these lanterns are extinguished for the “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks and media show that happens at 9:00 PM each evening.

 

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Portrait of a militant sheller

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❓ How can I tell this is a militant sheller? Well, for one thing, he’s carrying “the claw”, an implement of liberation and retrieval which exists in the toolkit of most serious seashell seekers.

Don’t bother googling for “the claw” – the actual name is The Treasure Scoop. Whatever you call it, it’s a handy device. You can use it to dig or else to fish something out of the water without having to perform the “Sanibel Stoop”.

The other reason I can tell this is a militant sheller is that I actually know him. Personally, even! 😉 Some of you reading this may even recognize him. How much trouble do we think I’m in for posting this? Personally, I think it’s a lovely shot and he’s going to like it. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 😉

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Hidden Mickey in full bloom

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😉 Hidden Mickey on the shore
grow and bloom forever more!


Can you find the “Hidden” Mickey in this photo?
I’ve sort of helped to “point” you in the right direction!
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Not quite done with EPCOT’s fountain show

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:) Yes, I know I published photos of the fountain show last Wednesday, too. But I’m not done checking it out! See, this was the first time I took my fairly new 9 megapixel, 10x optical zoom digital camera to Disney, and it’s like “a whole new world” of detail has opened up for me.

Here’s a shot I took of the fountain show in action but from the other perspective as compared to last week’s photos. The geosphere, also known as Spaceship Earth or “that big golf ball” is in the photo as well. Now we’re going to blow up just a small section of the photo –

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I think what I like best about this is that there’s all kinds of texture going on – the nubby surface of the geosphere, the puffiness of the clouds, and the droplets of water from the fountain spraying wide like a fractured crystal… go ahead and click on the photo. When you get to Flickr, scroll down on the right and there should be an option to view different sizes. Try “large” to see all the textures.

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The fountain show at EPCOT

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For more information about the fountain show at EPCOT, click here for AllEars.Net

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Captiva bird search

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I’ve counted 7 birds in this photo. Can you find them all?


Captiva Island / Redfish Pass, Southwest Florida
April 20th, 2009

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Playin’ hooky on Captiva Island: Great Blue Heron

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While I was playin’ hooky on Monday, I saw a great blue heron
stalking prey in the surf on Captiva Island, Florida.


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Lego Sculpture at Downtown Disney: The Dragon

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02-20-08_1224-WDW-Downtown-Disney-Lego-Dragon :) Seems like I’m in a Downtown Disney kind of mood so far this week. There’s a big Lego store at Downtown Disney, and they have decorated the outside with life-size-and-beyond Lego creations, including this dragon in Village Lake.

This is only part of him – he’s a rather long serpent, and to get all of him in the shot, from this angle anyway, would require standing so far away, you would not be able to see his tongue hanging out or his googly eyes. Despite his sharp-looking Lego fangs, I think he looks sort of doofy and humorous, don’t you? Not scary at all, at all!.

My favorite Lego creation down there was a life-size tourist with a bald head, sitting on the bench taking a nap. Every now and then, it would start snoring 😉 I’m not sure he is still there, but next time I’m in The World, I’ll check it out and report back!

OK, so I wasn’t “wordless” this week – so, sue me! 😀

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“The Rocks”, Sanibel Island

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Sea sponges, shells and other fun stuff rolls ashore at “the rocks” on one of Sanibel Island’s West Gulf Drive beaches.

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Flower and Garden Festival Surprise

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What’s in the bottom of this here pond?

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SURPRISE – It’s a Hidden Mickey!
:)

Photos taken April 28th, 2005

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Lighthouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Dock and lighthouse on Crescent Lake
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
October 12th, 2008

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A morning at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island

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All photos taken at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel Island, Florida – February 21st, 2008

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Several species mingle to graze

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White pelicans and cormorants ignore one another

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A heron is poised…

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… to take flight

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Roseate spoonbill comes in for a landing

(a Wordless Wednesday post)
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Which Way Do You Look?

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Which Way Do You Look?
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Both sights available at the exact same time, but in opposite directions…..

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Which way do you look?

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The Feast – Sanibel Island, Florida

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The Feast – Sanibel Island, Florida
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Birds feast on scallops stranded by the tide on a West Gulf Drive beach. Sanibel Island, Florida. January 31st 2009.

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The Remains Wash Ashore on Sanibel Island

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The Remains Wash Ashore on Sanibel Island

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Sunset at Algiers, Sanibel Island, Florida

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Sunset at Algiers, Sanibel Island, Florida

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Balmy December Day on Sanibel Island, Florida

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View of the Gulf of Mexico, taken from the pool bar at the West Wind Inn, Sanibel Island, Florida. December 14th, 2008

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