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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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Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it…

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IMG_1268-WDW-DAK-egret🙂 I was walking in the Oasis, a quiet, lushly green and tranquil section just inside the gates of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. It’s a soothing place where you’ll find twisting paths, a rope bridge, a joyously tumbling waterfall and all manner of exotic animals and birds. The day was hot, and the air was heavy and still. The silence was broken only by barely discernible ambient music and the gurgling of a stream. I rounded a corner and came upon a beautiful glade that surrounded a pool. And there he stood, on a rock – a Great Egret.

I became excited when I realized that he was in full breeding plumage. My heart started to beat faster; it was so loud in my ears, I was sure he would hear it, become frightened and take flight. I think I might have even been holding my breath. I crept forward to get a closer look, reaching into my bag for the camera.

IMG_1269-WDW-DAK-egretThe closer I got, the more convinced I became that he very well knew that he had company and didn’t mind in the least.. He seemed to straighten a bit and puff out his chest. I took this as a good sign in terms of getting some photographs, and I was no longer afraid of making the slightest sound. The mechanical whir of the camera’s lens opening and extending broke the reverie, contrasting sharply against the backdrop of rushing water and the far-off exclamations of other types of birds who lived at the Oasis. The Great Egret stood his ground, unperturbed. I fired off several shots of him just standing there on the rock, playing with distance and focus. He started to fuss a little, and I stopped shooting, holding my breath again, finger hovering in mide-air over the button.

And that’s when he did it…

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… the Great Egret VOGUED for me!

(to be continued…)

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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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By special request – the Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Got a note a moment ago from Mary The Teach, who wanted to see the lighthouse associated with Sanibel’s Lighthouse Beach. I remembered that there was still a pic in the phone that I never sent to the blog because I was in a hurry to get to the causeway the other night.

The pic is hereby liberated, and if you scroll back a couple of days on the blog, you’ll see another.

Yes, aparently I take requests 🙂

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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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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“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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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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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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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!
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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?

Happy Friday, everyone!

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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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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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All aboard the Friendships at Walt Disney World

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IMG00521-WDW-EPCOT-Friendships-Canopy🙂 One of the best reasons to stay at an EPCOT resort hotel at Walt Disney World is the easy journey between your hotel and the park. The resorts, which include the Boardwalk, The Yacht Club, the Beach Club, The Swan and The Dolphin, are arranged around Crescent Lake. There are walking paths all around the lake, for those who would like a leisurely stroll to and from the park. And then there are the Friendships.

IMG00750-WDW-EPCOT-Friendship-boatOf course, I do love to take the stroll 🙂 I’ve done it many times, and I never tire of it. Partly, this has to do with my continued love affair with the skies over Florida; fields of amazing blues populated by puffy perfection, sometimes floating, sometimes streaking, sometimes towering, always awesome. Sometimes I like to take the boat too. This is especially true late at night, when I am tired. I sort of amble out of the park, taking my sweet time, and by time I get to the International Gateway – which I like to think of as the English Channel because it’s between the UK and France 😉 – there’s hardly any line at all and the Friendships are a walk-on. On a lovely autumn night, it’s wonderful to grab a seat outside and let the hum of the motor and the whoosh! of the water as the boat cuts through it drown out the chatter of the other guests – a beautiful ending to a beautiful night at EPCOT.

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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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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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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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Kiddie cool-off fountain on the promenade, EPCOT

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IMG_1707-WDW-EPCOT-promenade-fountainThis little fountain is located on the promenade between FutureWorld and the World Showcase in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. The colorful, swirly pattern painted on the concrete includes both blue and yellow. During a day of touring under the hot Florida sun, the refreshing fun that such cool-off spots provide is very much welcome. As the kids run through, the fountains start and stop; you never know when you’re going to get sprayed. In the background, you can see a couple of misters have been set up for the adults. As you stand there, a fine mist dampens your skin and your clothing, and the breeze comes along to cool you off. I have occasionally seen adults running through the fountains and kiddies getting misted. Nobody minds, they just want to cool off!

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Lotus in the pond at EPCOT

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🙂 Same pond at the China pavilion that was featured in yesterday’s post about the dragonfly gymnast 🙂 I had to scour Google Images to figure out that this was a lotus bud, and not just a run of the mill “water lily”. Oddly, the way I finally identified it was not via the bud, but via the seed pod!

I don’t usually go in for pink much because it is not on my color chart – I’m an “autumn” – but I just love this shade. I bet it looked really pretty when it finally did bloom.

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Water lilies at Disney’s EPCOT

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Found these blue-lavender water lilies reflected in the pond that sits before the China pavilion at EPCOT. There were some really fat tadpoles swimming around in there, too!

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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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Reddish egret, Tarpon Bay

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Sanibel sad lane sideview

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🙂 BLUE sky? check
YELLOW line down the center of the road? check
SunSHINE on the water? check!

We have trifecta 🙂

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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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Castle reflected in moat



Castle reflected in moat, originally uploaded by Tink*~*~*.

I got a couple shots with the Canon before the battery finally did what it had been threatening to do all afternoon. Sorry, you have to turn your head – was the only way I could get most of the scenario into the shot. It’s REALLY pretty!

Spectromagic parade is going to start soon, and everything is all roped off – not sure I can get outta here now!
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EPCOT Lights of Winter (by special request)

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EPCOT Lights of Winter, December 2006

Someone on the Disboards forums remarked that they had never seen the tunnel of holiday lights through which one can walk from Future World into the World Showcase during the holiday season at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. I knew I had photos somewhere, and I even had a scan of the festival guide (see at left), too!

This holiday display is not only amazing eye candy, it’s a photographer’s dream. I am by no means anything beyond a point-and-shoot type myself, but with the way digital cameras operate today, even I was able to get some pretty cool shots of this wonderous display. I mean, the only thing that’s missing is the snow! Um, NO, I am not wishing a snowstorm on sunny Florida during the holiday season, or any time soon; we get enough freakish weather ’round these parts, thankyouverymuch!

This reminds me, I need to make some hotel reservations for early December, as I’m taking a professional certification exam in Orlando and want to spend the rest of the weekend taking in the holiday decorations at Disney World. Putting that on my To Do list for this weekend.

For those who haven’t seen this before – happy viewing! And I hope you get to experience this yourself sometime, too!

Here’s the whole “tunnel”. You’re looking toward Spaceship Earth/the geosphere, but you cannot see it because it is DARK! 😀
Here’s a side view, with the reflection in the lagoon that I was talking about in my post on the Dis. In this view, you can see that the “tunnel” is really a series of arches strung together along the walkway from Future World into World Showcase.
Finally, my favorite shot! This photo becomes my desktop wallpaper around the holidays. I think I will have to re-take the photo this year, because the Hand Of Mickey has been taken down, so it will be a whole different shot now.

Does anyone else have photos of holiday lights at any of the Disney parks? I’d love to see them! Please leave a link in the comments so I can check out your photos. Thanks!

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