Saturday, July 31, 2010
"I'm into all that sappy stuff--a surprise picnic, nice dinner or traveling. I'm kind of an old romantic."
Roasted chicken sandwiches, with basil and bacon and mayo, a bottle of wine, grapes and my better half were the perfect ingredients for an impromptu picnic at the beach. The evening was warm, but the breeze off the water cooled us. Why is it that food always tastes so much better on a picnic? We didn't have ants to worry about, instead some very interested sea gulls had us keeping a close eye on our repast. I don't remember a lot of conversation, but a shared silence made the evening intimate. And then the sun set, putting a golden glow to the water and a perfect ending to our dinner at the beach.
The news here lately has been encouraging re our beaches and no one is more grateful and hopeful than I. Maybe the end of this horror is near, and all of us here can let out our collective breaths and start to "get OUR lives back." It still isn't perfect, and we don't know what troubles we may face in the future from this tragedy, but for now we seemed to have escaped the worst of it.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain." ~Doug Coupland
These two little prettys were sitting on the very thin fronds of my pampas grass. They were swaying with the breeze and I wondered how they managed to keep themselves on this small, undulating perch.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"Should I pluck it,
My hand would defile the flower;
I offer it, as it stands, ..."
Empress Komyo, Japan
Sometimes called the Texas Star Hibiscus, this is one of my favorites in the garden and one of our native plants here in Northwest Florida. The white variety is fairly new. Last summer I planted it close to the red and this season it is blooming in all its glory. The mix of red and white intermingling is wonderful. But the best thing is that they withstand flooding and salt water. The perfect flower for a seaside garden.
Monday, I looked up from the kitchen where I was peeling onions and saw this glorious sunset. I grabbed my point and shoot, ran outside and starting taking pictures. Only problem was that as soon as I left the AC and encountered the heat and humidity, my lens fogged up. I took a couple of photos before I realized it, since I was busy looking at the LCD screen. When I downloaded, I rather liked the effect of my foggy lens.
Once the lens defogged, I took clearer pictures. Not sure which ones I like best.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Two steps out the door and you're on the path to the beach.
This blue heron was not fazed by us humans and strutted the beach daily.
Which way are ya going?
He was often joined by other shore birds as they made their way along the shore. It was nice to see them out of harms way.
Best seat in the house. It was pretty hot and this fellow found the perfect solution to keeping cool.
After a day playing in the water and lazing on the beach, the sunset brought a beautiful end to a perfect day.