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April 15, 2018

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Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Hi Sallie...to answer your question about the water treatment refuge in Port A - Yes, it was BADLY damaged during the hurricane. I hasn't been opened since August 2017 [no boardwalk, no observation decks...most trees gone, etc.] Charlie's Pasture boardwalk [both south and north] are no longer open. It'll be YEARS before any repair work can be done.

A ShutterBug Explores

Wonderful nature photography ~ !

Lovely memories of Captiva and staying the Tween Waters!

Namaste,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Kelleyn Rothaermel

That sunset is incredible! Now we are all jealous of you! Lucky you!

Lowell

You're having way too much fun! And now you're making me a little jealous and nostalgic at the same time. When we lived in Ft. Lauderdale, we were often at Sanibel and we often rode our bikes out to Captiva and I'm sure I remember Tween Waters although we never stopped in to say hello. Seriously, I'm very happy that the two of you are having good times ... the years go by so fast and I'm finding it's more difficult to have fun even when I want to do so! :) I also enjoyed your photos - you do an excellent job not only telling us about what you're doing but also showing us what you're doing! Keep up the good work!

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

Looks and sounds lovely! I would love to sleep on a boat, being gently rocked to sleep :)

William Kendall

Beautiful shots! The heron is my favourite.

Florence

What lovely photos! The sunset is marvelous but my favorite is the osprey. Maybe it was the rocking of the boat that made you sleep so well but the fresh air, sunshine, good friends and good food surely helped too. Glad you had such a good time!

Jeanna

Beautiful sunsets, marina and bird photos. I had to laugh when you said you don't mind cooler weather cuz I'm looking out the window at my lawn furniture (cheap chairs and milk crates) covered in snow!
Cool osprey shot, looks like it got a mouse.
I'd never heard of the green flash phenom, see old dogs can learn new stuff.

jesh StG

Great to be able to say that "life is good!" The brown pelicans, and the flowers in your collage - so beautiful! Interesting that you mention the feeling of the rocking of the boat - it stayed with me for the longest time as a five year old, when my family traveled from Indonesia to the Netherlands! Many thanks for sharing this delightful middle-of-the-week long weekend:):) Have a marvelous week!

Gaelyn

Growing up with boats I rather miss the rocking to sleep at the dock. Got some great birding opps.

Al

That looks beautiful, especially the sunset. Sunsets over water are not something I see very often where I live!

Su-sieee! Mac

I see a green flash. At least I think so, and if so then I finally saw the green flash. The blue heron looked like it had a tough flight. lol Life is good, I agree. Isn't that what it's all about, to finally get back to that grand old age of 5 before school? Cheers, Sallie!
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Yogi

I am totally jealous. It looks like a great time for everybody!

ellen b

The great blue is special. Love those pelicans, too. Looks like a fun group to enjoy a meal with. That Osprey is very cool. Great shots. You do live a full life dear Sallie!

mick

It looka like a fun trip away for everyone. I especially like the colors of the hibiscus and also the lovely clear photos of the pelicans.

ann

Thanks for visiting the Garden Spot. I love seeing all of you bird photographs and the beautiful waters. You look so relaxed and having a very good time.

Amy

Theres something about Hibiscus flowers that feel so Summery and bright and cheery.

Bob Bushell

Hi Sallie, you have done so beautiful birds, they are superb.

Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

Great photos of a wonderful get-together with friends!

Penelope Puddlisms

I’ve never met a pelican personally. It would be a rare sighting on the west coast so it’s nice to see them through your photographs. They seem as plentiful as seagulls in Florida. The sunset is spectacular. People I know who have traveled to this neck of the woods say they’re like nothing anywhere else. Retirement is looking fabulous, by the way, as it should. Thanks as always for sharing your world and your travels. A gentle rocking of a boat at sea seems far sweeter than sitting in a rocking chair.

Sondra Walli

Once again a beautiful boat ride and Marina you saw lots of great things and had lots of good friends along I can see

Maggie

Didn't you all have far too much fun!! What a wonderful way to spend your retirement, good friends, good fun, good times! Love the pelican shot, wish I could see them when I go down to the sea.

Debbie

what a great picture to end a post with, so beautiful and peaceful! i am not sure i understood the green flash concept but i am happy you saw it! and it looks like you have a nice group of friends, for an outing and dining!!

love the images of the herons and egrets, 2 of my favorite big birds!!

gillena

Lovely lovely mosaics, i am familiar with the white egrets here.

Happy Monday

much love..

Lavender Dreamer

Life is good indeed! We need to go on a little FL getaway to another destination. It's been too long. Love that wobbly sign and the happy group pic too! What fun!

Michelle Banks

I love this...I should mail myself down until the flooding and snow stop here...Thank you for sharing some warmth with NN...Michelle

Margy

We have our 24' boat up at the cabin this winter. Tying up is free so we thought we would give it a try. Usually we put it on a trailer and take it to the open hangar at our airport for storage under a roof. In May it will go back in the ocean so we can go on cruises on in BC. We have several nice marinas we can visit, but most often we stay out at anchor. I enjoy that as long as there isn't a lot of wind. - Margy

Hildred Finch

Beautiful pictures and such wonderful comradeship. Nice to think of you enjoying this, - such a lovely way of life!

jesh StG

Yes, that's the 4th grand daughter - I have one more - only 2 grand sons. Peach is quick in undnerstanding, good her little sis is strong physically, so Peach won't rule over her:)

Carol

This is my kind of post. Love the hibiscus blooms, pelicans, and other coastal birds. The sea view is wonderful.

Betty Crow

For not being a birding trip, you sure found a lot of awesome subjects. Looks like a fun trip! Happy Monday!

Fun60

Life is good. I couldn't agree more. Love your midweek weekends and that sunset wow!

Gattina

What a wonderful excursion ! I love your picture of the sunset !

phil

"Beach-combing by day, sunset watching by evening, eating in between, and all with great company". You summed up just what I was thinking about your near-idyllic existence. Sent to sleep by the gentle rocking of the water sound just wonderful. And the only downsides those alligators and that not very good Floridian wine.

Annie

I think you are living int he most beautiful country I know !

Sylvia D.

Sallie, I love the concept of a middle of the week long weekend. Tuesday to Thursday 3 days with less hussle and bussle. Loved th large birds and great to have friends to share a meal. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

Barb

I really enjoyed your photos, Sallie - we're having a blizzard here! I feel like a broken record. I'll soon be taking those watery sun shots. Yippee! Let's keep enjoying life.

Hazel

What a lovely island for a short break so near to home! The photos are lovely to see.

Kay L. Davies

There's no sleeping pill quite like the gentle rocking of a boat!
Your bird photos are wonderful, I'm glad the opportunities presented themselves!
Kay
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Angie

I don't know why, but it caught me by surprise that you slept at the marina ... I am not a boat person, so I guess I didn't realize that's just what you do!

You all look so happy, and I am happy for you!

I miss pelicans from the time we lived in Florida. I will never forget how they look when they come up from a dive and the flap is bursting with water ....

Have a lovely week!

riitta k

Stunning photos - I can hear the sea birds and smell the sea. Have a great week.

Little Wandering Wren

Hey, mid-week long weekends - I love that idea! Looks a lovely trip, amazing sunsets, being rocked to sleep aboard the boat, friends, and fun. Yes, a lovely life's good post for sure.
Happy days.
Wren x

David Gascoigne

Those Brown Pelicans look absolutely stunning in their nuptial plumage. I have to get up in the middle of the night too but it’s not to tie off the lines!

Kay L. Davies

Hi Sallie — Thanks for your comments re Nero Wolfe. It almost seems we know one another already. Which podunk town in Eastern Washington did you mean? I grew up in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley (note spelling difference) before my dad moved us to the wet west coast. After I spent my working life there, I hurt so much I had to move to a drier climate...first the BC interior, and then out here to southeastern Alberta, where the deer and the antelope play. (Not many antelope left, however, so sad. I should look into that for my blog.)
Have fun re-reading Nero Wolfe. I'm also going to seek him out at the local library or online.
Cheers, neighbour!
Kay

Lady Fi

Those pelicans and that beach - so very inviting!

FIndlay Wilde

I hope you have lots of great adventures in your boat. Really like the Osprey picture.

RedPat

That is such a beautiful area, Sallie! I was there for an afternoon years ago and loved it so to stay there for a few days would be wonderful!

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Great shots.

Colleen LOOSELEAFNOTES

Perfect! The boating life and the hibiscus is delicious. I
don't think I've ever seen a green flash. For real? I've tried.

betty - NZ

I am so happy to see the birds and great scenery that you share. It's amazing what you can find to photograph when you just look around :) I tried to comment on your earlier post about the Coral Castle but couldn't--I've seen several articles on it and I like to think that she was impressed by his work, but then I'm a hopeless romantic!

MaryBeth Schwartz

Tween Waters---such a neat name. Looks like a lot of fun
MB

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Hello Sallie! Nice pictures once again!
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Eileen

Hello, the resort looks like a nice place to take your boat. I miss all the Florida birds. The pelicans are one of my favorites, but I love the osprey, egrets and herons too. Gorgeous sunset! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend!

Photo Cache

Lovely group pictures.

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nancy chan

A wonderful time with great company and beautiful surroundings.

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