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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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Wounded, reproachful
“I trusted in You!”, she cries.
There is no response.

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“Your next stop… THE TWILIGHT ZONE!”

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Heard from ‘cross the lake –
intermittent screams of fright =8^0
Tower of Terror!

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A Magic Kingdom twilight

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Solar reflection
makes for peachy-golden clouds –
twilight castle glow

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If you dig it, they will come – “Santiva”, Florida

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Flowing through Blind Pass
it’s water under the bridge –
lots of fishes, too!

Florida’s fabulous cloud formations float above the newly-dredged Blind Pass, a waterway between the islands of Sanibel and Captiva in Southwest Florida. The area is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Santiva”. The Pass is something of a marvel to my eyes. Before moving to Southwest Florida in 2006, I had been vacationing on Sanibel annually for several years and never saw more than puddles under the bridge.

Now, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, a swift current swirls through the Pass, and the local news is currently reporting abundances of mackerel, kingfish – and sharks! If you look closely, you can see several heads bobbing out there in the mouth of the pass. I’m betting they haven’t read the local news lately… 😯

Some of you with sharp eyes may also have noticed that in addition to fishes, the Pass also attracts a species known as “militant shellers”. Bonus points if you know who they are! ;o)

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Where in “The World” are we?

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Jagged, snowy peak
Rocky Mountains or Swiss Alps?
Maybe the Andes…

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None of the above – it’s Expedition Everest!
Photo taken at Disney’s Animal Kindom

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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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Beauty from the balcony at Walt Disney World

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I rose early and

crept silently to peek as

God painted the sky


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Approaching the Sunshine Skyway, St. Petersburg, Florida

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🙂 Looks like the sails of
a tall ship in the distance;
when will it set sail?

My obsession with the Sunshine Skyway continues. If I can find a place to pull over and shoot, I do. Otherwise I just keep my eyes on the road, point the lens in the general direction and pray 😉 Not bad, huh? Have a happy and productive Friday, everyone!

 

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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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Sky travel at EPCOT

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You can get into EPCOT without ever having to set foot in the park. All you have to do is hop aboard the Walt Disney World monorail. It dips into the park before pulling into the station outside the gates.

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Depending upon where you are in the park at the time, it is possible that the monorail train will go softly whooshing right over your head – photo op!

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I was standing in a rose garden at the time these shots were taken. WHOOSH!

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That “other” Disney castle

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🙂 Castle ‘cross the lake
neighbor in glass looming near
It’s a Disney day!
🙂

No, it’s not the one in the Magic Kingdom – it’s the one in the Canada pavilion in EPCOT. It’s modeled after a hotel in Ottawa called Chateau Laurier. I think it makes a pretty picture, don’t you?

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The spirit of generosity on Sanibel Island

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🙂

Stalking seagulls on
the causeway beach at sunset
a young woman said,

“Come and look through here!”
and standing aside, she then
let me take this shot.

People can be so nice. A young woman on the beach really DID call me over to show me the “frame” she’d found for the sunset, and invited me to help myself to a shot or two. I guess she was just so excited, she had to share 🙂

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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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Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge – pelican roost

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🙂 Back in May 2009, I took a cruise on Tarpon Bay with the Tarpon Bay Explorers. The cruise was a “thank you for your donation” gift from the local National Public Radio (NPR) station, WGCU, 90.1 FM in Fort Myers, Florida. The narrator is Dr. Jerry Jackson, a professor at FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) who also narrates a daily radio spot on WGCU, “Out With The Wild Things”. Enjoy! And for those in the USA, hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

I enjoyed the tour of Tarpon Bay – beautiful surroundings, sunny May day, fascinating speaker, what’s not to love? But I much preferred last year’s tour with Dr. Jackson on Rookery Bay. Click this link to see photos and videos from the Rookery Bay tour.

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Sunset happens on Sanibel Island

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It crept up on us
while we dined and surfed the net
sunset blazed away

My Niece No. 2 and I are peas in a pod when it comes to leisure activities. While vacationing together on Sanibel Island this past July, we would have dinner each night and then happily tether to the 3G on my cell phone, each with her own laptop, geeking out to all manner of websites, social media and etc. And the first night we were there, we were so very happily geeking, we almost missed the sunset! As soon as we realized, we raced out there and snapped a few pictures, then raced back inside our cottage before the no-see-ums could do any major damage.

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Solace in Japan at EPCOT

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Lamp post in Japan
is secretly a speaker;
tuneful ambiance

I love the color palette, shapes and textures of the Japan pavilion in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. There are the slopes and angles of the blue pagoda-shaped roofs, the prickly puffs of needles on the pines (some of them are bonsai), and earthy brown tones sprinkled throughout. There are usually a few spots around the koi pond where you can grab some shade and rest a bit in these peaceful surroundings.

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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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Florida skies: painted-on perfection

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Really, it looks fake.
Painted-on, puffy clouds,
backdrop for the palms.

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Tales in topiary at Walt Disney World

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🙂 Rafiki presents the newly-born Simba to his father’s kingdom. The scene, from Disney’s animated feature The Lion King, has been rendered in topiary as part of the 2009 International Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT.

I have fond memories of taking my two oldest nieces to see the Broadway stage adaptation of The Lion King in New York City, when they were 6 and 8 years old. Now they are 18 and 20. Where does the time go?

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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!
°o°


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Floridian fire

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🙂 Another one of those “doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door” shots, taken one January evening. I remember the first month in my new house, being so grateful that I had so many windows across the back of the house, windows that face exactly west. The fiery RED of a Floridian sunset is really hard to beat.

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EPCOT sunset reflections

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Reflection on fire
Lacy branches, purple sky –
Tuesday’s last hurrah

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Jacaranda at EPCOT

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Jacaranda tree
fragrant blossoms ‘gainst the sky
puffy clouds drift by

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A view of Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island

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One fine Saturday
I take a ride on a boat
out on Tarpon Bay

There’s a pergola.
Blue sky peeking through the slats,
they hold lectures there

Someone’s speaking, but
so enamored of the sky,
I do not hear him.


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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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Florida rainbows and pines

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IMG_2356-Backyard-double-rainbow 😯 Whew! I nearly didn’t post for the Monday Meme Trifecta because I was having trouble fitting it all together. We need yellow, we need blue, and according to the Manic Meme, we need “pines”. It’s tough to find yellow and blue things amongst the pines, you know? But finally – and once again – my very own backyard came riding to the rescue. Some yellow houses. Some blue sky. Not to mention, there’s yellow and blue in the rainbow. And if you look closely, you will see that there’s actually a DOUBLE rainbow. Now where the heck are those pines? Well, you see those dark shapes behind he houses? Yup, pines! Yay! The Monday Meme Trifecta has been saved 😉

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Fort Myers Beach Moon

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Unable to stop
myself from stalking the moon,
I halt at each light,

roll down the window,
click away obsessively
till the light turns green

and then drive away.
La Luna Bella – preserved
on silicon chip

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Retail Therapy Skies Over Fort Myers, Florida

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IMG_0386-sky-reflected-Crispers-windowI was out and about this weekend doing some retail therapy, and at some point on Sunday afternoon, I decided that I was hungry. So I stopped at one of my favorite casual places, Crispers. The menu is based around fresh produce, and all of their salads and sandwiches are cold, crisp and delicious. I always sit outside, and while I was waiting for my food, I spotted some puffy clouds in the window of the restaurant. I am sure that people thought I was an idiot, taking pictures of the side entrance of Crispers. A lot of you reading this are photo meme junkies too, so I bet that experience is not unique 😉

IMG_0391-sky-in-parking-lotAfter my delicious lunch, I moved across the parking lot to Barnes and Noble side of this sprawling suburban shopping center. By this time, those very clouds that had been reflected in the restaurant window had bloomed quite nicely, and I thought they looked pretty neat hovering over the trees that provide the all-important but too few and far between shaded parking spots 🙂 And there I was again, the idiot standing in the middle of the parking lot taking pictures of the sky! 😀

PS – Drat, I nearly forgot to haiku!

There she goes again –
taking pics of gawd knows what!
Must she block the road?


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March winds on the Sanibel Island Causeway

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On Wednesday, i showed you a calm, peaceful sunset as viewed from a Sanibel Island causeway beach. Here’s what that same beach looks like when March blows in like a lion – complete with haiku!

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After seeing friends,
I stop along the causeway
beaches, reluctant

to leave the island
just yet. The punishing wind
rips through pines and palms.


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Whitecaps advance and
break in rapid succession
on the sandy shore.

I get my shots and
quickly get back in the car,
bones profoundly chilled.


 

 

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Six Mile Cypress Sky

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Sky so blue and clouds
so puffy, filtered through the
branches of the trees
.

SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH is a beautiful strip of wetland woods that isn’t actually six miles – it’s about nine miles long and maybe a third of a mile wide.  The slough (pronouced “slew”, rhymes with “you” – yeah, I had to look it up!) runs alongside Six Mile Cypress Parkway, just north of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers.  Migratory birds like to take a pit-stop here to fatten up for their long journeys hither and yon.  People come to walk through the preserve, which you might think is icky if you didn’t know that they’ve built a raised boardwalk so you’re not slogging through the swamp.  😀

I use Six Mile Cypress Parkway when I am driving to or coming home from Sanibel Island, and I always pass the sign that advertises the days of the week and the times for the guided nature walks, and think to myself that I’m going to have to play sick one of these work days and just go and do it!  I think I will ring up my friend Snowbird for this particular adventure, as she has expressed interest in the past.  I’ve been through there by myself, in the hot muggy summertime; this photo was taken in the Slough July 25th 2005, which was the trip I made down here to go house hunting.  I had to wear a ton of bug spray, and my tour ended when the skies opened up and let loose a torrential summer rain, so typical of this area during rainy season.  Yep, gonna have to do this soon, before the temps turn sultry and the air turns buggy again.

And after we do that, maybe I’ll play hookey again and we’ll do the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary down in Naples, Florida.   😉  It’s an Audubon site!

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Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door at the SKY!

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Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door at the SKY!

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January 17th, 2009. Southwest Florida

Ev’ning colors streak

the sky and the pond reflects

it all perfectly.

I feel really terrible for some of my friends, who are enduring yet another storm with disgusting, vile forms of precipitation piling up outside.   Each time I publish a photo like this, I worry that they think I am rubbing their noses in the fact that winter is not Florida’s time for disgusting, vile precipitation; we wait for summer hurricane season for that!  So, a couple of weeks ago when many of them were down here visiting Sanibel Island, I presented them with their very own Executive Mini Sandbox, Beach Break And so, to Anne in New England and Kaki in the Midwest, and to Kim and Derice in the Mid-Atlantic states, I hope you will remember to break out the sandbox, bury some miniatures shells in the sand, and take comfort in a little pseudo-shelling and dreaming.

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