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[VIDEO] Look, up in that tree – it’s “Woody”!

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Pileated Woodpecker at Six Mile Cypress SloughWeek before last, I took a stroll deep into the swamp – the Six Mile Cypress Slough here in Fort Myers – and I heard a familiar sound. After looking around for a bit, I found him. He’s a pileated “Woody” woodpecker, with a ruby red crest on his head. Isn’t he beautiful? What a treat! Actually, I did even better than this – I got about a 10 second video of him before he moved around to the other side of the tree and out of sight. Sorry it isn’t longer, but that’s wildlife for ya – always doing just as they please, leaving us photographers fumbling to get something decent. I hope I see him again sometime when I go back. Enjoy!

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Lakes Park Is A Pretty Place

Lots of water fowl enjoy this place – just saw some moorhens and a pelican. Also a weird, fat black goose with a red head. But I am standing amidst a bunch of fire ant mounds to get this picture and I don’t want to stand here too long….

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Water Playground



Water Playground, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Oh to be a child again! Well, it’s a little chilly yet this morning to be running through the spray, but later on when it hits 80*, I suppose some lucky younguns will be delighted. The sound alone is pretty soothing.

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Lakes Park in Fort Myers



Lakes Park in Fort Myers, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

I’ve never been to Lakes Park in the five years I’ve been living here. Since I just got my "AB" parking sticker in the mail from Lee County, I thought I’d check it out on this glorious February morning in Southwest Florida.

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Photo Friday: Breathtaking

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For today’s “Breathtaking” Photo Friday, I’d like to share some sunsets I have known.

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Above: EPCOT, Walt Disney World – October 2010

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Above: “Two Ladies In The Harbor”, New York City – September 2006

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Above: Sanibel Island, Florida – May 2009

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Above: My backyard – January 2009

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Uncommon Friends by D. J. Wilkins

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their buddy Mr. Firestone (sorry, I don’t know his first name) -"fathers of the American industrial 20th century" – captured in sculpture for this fountain in the Fort Myers River District

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Favorite shelling find of the day

This was the first find I made on the slope I named "Whelk City" between Access 4 and Access 5 on Sanibel. Now, don’t everyone go running there – first of all, I got ’em all 😉 Second, it’s a different beach every day. Who knows where today’s best finds will be?

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Stinkers In A Bucket



Stinkers In A Bucket, originally uploaded by Erin aka Tink*~*~*.

Some of the shells I found during the full moon are "stinkers". They were found in what we called "the death pool", which stank to high heaven.

Stinkers are often beautiful, perfect specimens (well, so would you be, if you died very young and very recently), but they are high maintenance. Probably, what makes them stink is that there is a little piece of the dead occupant still caught up there in the inner chambers of the shell.

Mine will stay in a bucket of 50/50 solution of bleach and water until I feel like trying again to get ’em all empty and clean.

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Accidental Stop at Butterfly Garden in Fort Myers

Subtitled – What To Do When Your Morning Is A Bust!

I decided that I would do my daily walk/run in Centennial Park this morning. The river would serve as a refreshing change of scenery for me. Since the City of Fort Myers Utilities office is on the way, I thought I’d make a pitstop there and pay my (unbelieveably outlandish for one person) water bill.

Well, it’s Martin Luther King Day and the Utilities office is closed. Ok, on to the park.

Well, it’s Martin Luther King day, and there’s a parade blocking the route.

Ok – weaving in and out the streets of unfamiliar territory, I spotted this place – a butterfly conservatory, gift shop and cafe live here. Thought I’d get some coffee and wait out the parade so I could continue on to the park.

I now have coffee and it’s starting to rain. Guess I’ll just tour the conservatory/greenhouse, go back home and fire up the treadmill. I will send some pics if I see anything fun or interesting, but honestly, butterflies are notorious for not staying still for very long…

As for the water bill and the park – there’s always tomorrow! 🙂

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Photo Friday: Best Shots Of 2010

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Photo Friday wants us to show our Best Shots of 2010. I think this shot of the moon is my best, but there were lots of others that made the also-ran list as I went through my Flickr account in search of treasures. So here they all are – bon appetite, and have a fabulous New Year! <3

Full Flower Moon

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The Full Flower Moon rises over Gulfside City Park, aka “Algiers” beach on Sanibel Island. Thursday May 27th, 2010.
 

What are YOU lookin’ at?

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Almost-grown osprey awaits the return of a parent with dinner. Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island, Lee County, Southwest Florida. May 2010.
 

The Fishing Dude

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“The Fishing Dude” declares victory, June 13th 2010 (this is part of a series)
 

Sanibel Causeway Sunset

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Some brilliant colors were seen on July 31st 2010
 

Sanibel Sunset Silhouette

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A young tree silhouetted against the dramatic backdrop of a Sanibel sunset. September 12th, 2010
 

Heading Up The Rose Walk

Heading up the rose walk toward Imagination


Yellow rose in bloom, aken at EPCOT on October 25th, 2010 – WITH A CAMERA PHONE!
 

Dinner!

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A great blue heron spears himself a meal from the pond in my back yard. October 10th 2010.
 

Frenzy On The Sanibel Causeway

Frenzy on the Sanibel Island Causeway


Seagulls out of control on November 7th 2010. And I will give you the entire original rant that went with it:
“There’s a guy off-camera throwing gawd knows what at these beach birds. People, you should NOT feed wild animals! It makes them unafraid of people and they can become a nuisance or worse. Plus it makes them dependent on people for sustenance.

Don’t feed the animals unless it is dire circumstances (like, a blizzard, which is unlikely to happen here)

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All Aboard The Magnolia Blossom

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Taken at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida on December 5th 2010. Love the drama of the darkening sky behind the cheerful blue and yellow boat docked in the sunshine.
 

The Big, Golden Ball

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Big Golden Ball – December 1st, 2010. Really, it’s Spaceship Earth, the iconic geosphere at the entrance of Disney’s EPCOT theme park. Late-day sunlight glinting off the Big Silver Ball! (to quote an entry on Foursquare). Makes it look like The Big Golden Ball instead.
 

Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year To All 🙂



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SNOW! In Southwest Florida???

This was stuck in the "OUT" box of my phone. It’s a decal stuck to the window of my local Starbucks. I thought it looked cool with the low-slung clouds as a backdrop.

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Explosion in Fort Myers on Colonial

UPDATE: At least one local news agency is saying that a backhoe hit a gas line, one person injured.

Not sure what’s on fire in the westbound lane of Colinial just west of SR 82. This has been an election year construction zone for a while now.

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Frenzy on the Sanibel Island Causeway

There’s a guy off-camera throwing gawd knows what at these beach birds. People, you should NOT feed wild animals! It makes them unafraid of people and they can become a nuisance or worse. Plus it makes them dependent on people for sustenance.

Don’t feed the animals unless it is dire circumstances (like, a blizzard, which is unlikely to happen here)

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Last session of the Sanibel Writers Conference

Poetry read by (L to R) Denise Duhamel, William Greenway, Joe the MC and local Sanibellian poet and Jeffrey Thompson. Wonderful way to end an awesome experience! thank you BIG ARTS and thank you FGCU 🙂

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Crowd gathers inside BIG ARTS for keynote speaker Augusten Burroughs

It’s very loud in here – glad I am a student, as I did not have to jockey for a seat. it was suggested tat they shut down the bar in order to get everyone to come inside 😉 It’s ver nearly a full house.

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Dragonfly sculpture in the Boler Garden at BIG ARTS #swfl

Between sessions at the Sanibel Writers Conference – just had a panel full of memoirists talk about their genre and field questions – really stimulating and lively discussions. Looking forward to two more days of this 🙂

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A chilly good morning from the Sanibel Bean

First time trying Sanibel Bean coffee – loving it! So glad I went straight for thejeans this morning. It’s BRRR! Not sure how cold but feels like 60*F or less. looking forward to a funday of Sanibel Writers Conference conference sessions.

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The crowd is loving Walter Kirn at the Sanibel Writers Conference

It’s storming outside, loudly, and Sanibel has lost power twice while Walter Kirn has been reading from his memoir. He said, "let’s get this done and get the hell outta here!" LOL

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Fresh Planet’s vegetarian hummus pita wrap #swfl

This was a hit – and what you see in this photo is only HALF. I devoured the other half. The iced tea is unsweet- a plus in my book – and they gave me a free refill, saying, "Have a happy conference". It was $9 total and since I will get two meals out of it (it was just too much for me for a single sitting), well worth the price.

Fresh Planet Cafe is located in the Gulf Coast Towne Center in Fort Myers and I’m going to try and remember to eat there when I go to see Harry Potter on the 17th.

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Fresh Planet serves lunch at the Sanibel Writers Conference

I was happy to hear that there would be a lunch option on site at BIG ARTS during the conference. It means I don’t have to give up my excellent parking space to go in search of sustenance.

I had never heard of Fresh Planet and initially thought the announcement was "Fresh Market". That would have been awesome, but let’s see how these guys do…

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Second session at Sanibel Writers Cnference – BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island

My second session was "Songwriting", and it was sort of disappointing. No theory or style was taught – we just sat around and rhymed things, creating a song that the facilitator will perform in concert this evening. Whereas I have 6 pages of notes from my first session, I’ve only got a couple of lines from the second.

Here’s a shot of the art adorning the other wall at the BIG ARTS performance hall. Love the primary colors used and how shiny they are in person. Sorry, the light in here isn’t the best.

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