marco island

Sun set with a twist…

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One of my all time favorite places to be…photo taken with my iPhone

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It is a bit cooler here today, the wind strong and cold…this reminds me the warmer days are on the way!

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Date Palm…

This was an interesting trip, I learned new, interesting info while away…no I didn’t know these were Date Palms!

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Screen…

while this photo leaves much to be desired, I liked the way the screen from the lanai was visible…
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barnacles…

These fellows are from the arthropod family, apparently there are 1,220 species of barnacles…this particular one is related to the lobster and crab…who knew?pole.sea.stuff.2016


Ginger flower…

I have to admit, I’ve seen these flowers for years and never knew what they were called…Ginger flower.
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North & South

We didn’t stay on South Beach this year, but managed to visit…have to say I missed not staying along the coast.

North…

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South…

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White Ibis

If you been to Florida you will have seen these fellows, they are all over the place and are not too proud to beg for food.   The White Ibis is one of 26 species around the world.   In Florida you will find the White Ibis, which has black tipped wings  you can only see this detail when they are flying, the Glossy Ibis, which has brown patches…there is also a Scarlet Ibis in southern Florida, this happens to be the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago and was introduced  to Florida either deliberately or through migration.  I’ve not see the Scarlet one but will watch for it…white.ibis.2016


Chinese Hibiscus

I’ve simply called this flower a hibiscus but apparently it has a grander name…”Chinese Hibiscus”…the leaf of this plant is lovely in it’s own right!flower.2016


Saw this fellow and his companion last year…you could tell they were used to people being around as they didn’t appear to be the least bit concerned.

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Hibiscus…

I think…if this is not a Hibiscus please let me know?   A knowledgeable fellow explained this is a specie of Bauhinia, common called an “orchid tree.”  Thank you Russel at russelrayphotos2.com

 

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washed up…

Saw many pieces of coral like this washed up on the shoreline. It was windy & wavey  for the first few days, which meant the beach was covered in sea shells. A bit farther down the beach from our location it was soft sand, so our area is a bit of a catch all when windy…we knew this from last year.
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tranquility…

I was looking through the hundreds of photos I took while away and realized 95% of them are of my granddaughter!  The other 4% are of family with her and 1% is of sites while away!   I didn’t realize I did this…was always taking a photo so thought there would be many to post but it turns out there isn’t…

Here is a simplistic one, but one that speaks to my heart!!!  While I don’t/can’t sail, I love the water…

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dramatized!

I didn’t care for colors in this photo, they were very dull, but I really loved the cloud formations.  Someone told me never to delete a photo that I didn’t like…to work with it, there might be something that can be done to it to improve the appearance…so I gave it a bit of color to dramatize it!  I don’t usually do that to photos but I like it much better…

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patiently waiting…

for some green and and a bit of color…

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treasures of the sea???

It all depends on how you look at things, what you see…right?   I’m sure many see these as nothing of importance or worthy of a second look.   To me these are interesting finds…especially the beautiful empty intact shell!  Just look at the Nacre, or Mother of Pearl as it is known in the jewelry world… it is smooth, an even color, without damage.  For those who aren’t familiar, Nacre is the white inner lining of the shell, the outer layer of pearls is also Nacre.   This would make a beautiful piece of jewelry if you were into making something from raw materials such as this…

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look what was washed up on shore after a windy day…

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after the sunset II…

when your condo is facing west it is difficult not to be obsessed with sunsets or the after glow…here are two more photos…I particularly liked the contrast between the dark wispy cloud and the colorful one!

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gray scale sunset…

when I take a photo of the sunset, sometimes the colors look right to me and sometimes they don’t…when they don’t I try the grayscale…I rather like it!
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after the sunset…

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would you give it a try?

This is something I would like to do but won’t…my body would rebel!  I always thought it looked like fun though.  We saw boat drawn para-gliders each day, but only this motorized para-glider …as in the second photo, during the two weeks there.

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fascinating clouds…

Our condo in Marco Island faced west, so of course I saw my share of sunsets…I do have to say the most beautiful sunsets were when there was some interesting cloud formations!   The Gulf of Mexico sky does seem to offer strikingly beautiful clouds!

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Family outing…

On the beach, Marco Island…not sure but I think these are Willets?   If anyone thinks differently let me know…

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surfer dude…

the first couple of days it was windy…one of those days we saw a few fellows out catching a few waves…this fellow did well, I managed to capture one attempt.

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I don’t know anything about surfing but I wouldn’t have thought the waves large enough for a descent ride?

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He seemed to enjoy himself and make the best of it managing a few rides!

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All be it short rides…

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