Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sunrise...Sunset. On Sanibel.


Actually, we did Sanibel in reverse last Winter.  We did sunset first and took an evening stroll on the beach.  The tourists had been hard at work all day building sand castles.  It was sand castles for miles.  But I was running out of day light.  I should have run for my own pail and shovel instead.  


The puffer fish decoration was a recurring theme.


This dolphin sports one too.



I feel the same way.


A few tiki drinks later and it's time for sunrise...

What does sunrise mean on Sanibel island?  Sea shells.



The sky glows pink.  The sun will make an appearance soon...


Viola!





After an exhausting morning of shelling we fortified ourselves with raspberry pancakes at The Sanibel Cafe.  You dine surrounded by urns filled with seashells.  And eat on a sort of glass bottom boat table.  Filled with shells of course!

Our hopes of seeing Roseate Spoonbills was a bust. But we did see white pelicans at J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday


And before we crossed back over to the mainland we enjoyed a good fish dinner.  Grilled Mahi.  That's life in the slow lane on Sanibel.  Fish dinners, sea shells, sandcastles, sunrise and sunset.  Repeat.

25 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have never been there, but your words and pictures make it sound so amazing!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your photographs are amazing, especially the sky views and the pelicans. Of course, your dinner looks scrumptious. Blessings!

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful - but you know that. :)

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Cool shots of the sand art. And I love the beautiful orange sky you caught. One of these days I need to get down there.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

You should come my way then...we have Roseate Spoonbills at about EVERY birding area along the coastal tidal waters.

Love the white pelicans.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Sharon Love the Pelican shots

mick said...

It sounds like a great place for a holiday and the pelicans are beautiful.

DJan said...

Oh, that sunrise! Caught perfectly, Sharon. And that grilled mahi looks like it was a perfect dinner. All the pictures are wonderful, and the descriptions too. :-)

Carole M. said...

a lovely series; the sunsets are beautiful and topped off with that beautiful fish dinner

Amanda said...

Beautiful seaside post! I liked seeing the different pelican to ours. They look like fluffy toys.

Karen said...

Cool sand sculptures!

HansHB said...

Lovely photos!

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a wonderful time at the beach! I love the collect the shells, watch the sunset and birds. Beautiful photos.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

wow,, we love the turtle
love
tweedles

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We just arrived at north ft myers , our winter home! Sanibel lets us come visit if we behave ourselves, and I can't wait. Love your pictures....thanks!

Buttons said...

Oh That sunrise is amazing and I love all those sand sculptures it always makes me smile thinking of the love that went into everyone. Great shots. B

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful sunrise colours and beautiful pelicans!

Linda Hensley said...

It looks wonderful, and I always enjoy seeing other people's sand castles/creatures. I guess we were in the same frame of mind this week, thinking about getting away. I think maybe your trip was better than my weekend, but it's all happiness :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Loved the Pelicans. I just saw my first White Pelicans in flight a couple of weeks ago~

Hilary said...

What a lovely time. That sunrise is so magical.

bailey-road.com said...

This brings back memories of when we used to go shelling on Sanibel. The White Pelicans are beautiful.

Rosemary Aubut said...

I live about thirty minutes from here. You have captured it so well. Beautiful captures!

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! What a great place. I've never been there, but I'd sure like to.

Wally Jones said...

And folks wonder why we put up with the heat and humidity here along the Gulf Coast. You explained it nicely!

We hope to bird Ding Darling soon. It should be filling nicely with migrants.

Stewart M said...

Pelicans must be one of the most "I'll just take a few more shots" bird in the world - I have heaps of pictures - but always take some more!

Seeing parrots every day is really rather splendid!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne