January 06, 2019



What an awesome way to spend New Years! Love that snowy egret! I always marvel at how WHITE their feathers are! All the bird shots are beautiful. Fun to see the "sand man!" :-)

Eileen Wise

Hello Sallie, I agree home repairs are no fun. But necessary. Your sunset photos are gorgeous. I love all the egrets and herons. They are all beautiful birds. Happy New Year to your and yours. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. I've been away and now catching up with my comments and blog visits. I appreciate your comment and visit to my blog. Have a happy day and week ahead.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure

Fabulous sunsets. I love the Heron and Egret images


Wow ! what a beautiful sunset ! Our New Year was dry, but cold and dark, lol !

Michelle Banks

Wow...I could use some sun and sand...beautiful...Happy New Year Sallie...hug..Michelle


lovely photos, specially the sunset and the snowy egret with its yellow shoes

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Love the beach scenery & your waterfowl!

And, my thanks goes out to you for sharing this all with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin this weekend.

Linda in Virginia

Excellent photos! Spectacular sunset and I love the egrets.


That is a beautiful boat. It must be fun watching the birdlife. I love the sunset shots through the grass.

Jennifer Jilks

You're so funny! 'Retired for a 100 years!'

This warms me, we are SO COLD!


That sure is a beautiful sunset...I seldom am out to take shots of sunsets. Even less of sunrises.

Nice captures of the egrets...I have never seen a Little Blue Heron except in blogs, so enjoy seeing them when I can.

Betty Crow

Beautiful sunrise! Egrets and Herons are a favorite of mine. Nice shots!


Hello. I enjoy watching these beautiful photos. Thank you.

riitta k

I love to see your beach photos, although I am not a beach girl :) I was raised on a river, so rivers and lakes are more familiar to me. Have a good weekend.


A beautiful sunset to end the year.

rupam { xhobdo }

Beautiful pics


I love seeing that Egret. Such graceful birds and those legs! Excellent! lol Thanks for linking up!

Peter B,

The shot of Pink Shell Beach is absolutely stunning!!

Magical Mystical Teacher

What wonders you see on the beach and the sea!

Kelly Anne Rothaermel

Stunning Sunsets! I hope you are enjoying the start to the New Year. Happy New Year!


Great photos! I especially enjoy seeing the birds.
We had to replace a light switch a few days ago. I acted as electrician's helper to my husband. My main job was holding a flashlight so he could see what he was doing. It is a very skilled job - sometimes the light needs to come from above, sometimes from the bottom or from the side!


What great photos! Looks like a lovely place to stay!


What a beautiful beach and sunset. I see mountain sunsets instead!


Especially love the sunset


Happy New Year. I love the sandy snow man! It occurs to me I might be more willing to ring the new year in with fireworks if I lived where the weather was warm. I am near Boston and it's just too cold for me to be out of doors at midnight.


What a beautiful sunset ! I get jealous when I see the sunshine in your photos, and I am sitting here in the cold and humid weather ! I am happy that all these festivities are over now and we are back to normal !!


Dearest Sallie; Late Happy New Year to you, wishing you prosperous and happy 2019!
Breathtaking Sunset of 2018♪  Little Blue Heron really attracted me as our blue heron is different. Mosaic picture of Sandy Scenes from the Pink Shell Beach is fantastic, especially the snowman(♡^.^♡)
I really appreciate your sweet comments and so sorry for my absence.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Hildred Finch

What a lovely life you lead, Sallie, - I get great pleasure reading about your doings and your every days events. I have a good imagination!!


Hey, what happened, I was able to go directly to your blog, yeeee haaa. Really pretty pics, Sallie, am loving the sandy snowman. So you slept in the boat, that would rock you to sleep quite nicely as long as you don't get seasick and weren't robbed by pirates.
The sandy egret has a Hulk Hogan haircut. Your egrets are a lot prettier than the ones up here, why is that?


Aw, Sallie...you sure know how to punch my nostalgia button. We've spent so many wonderful days on Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva and also Naples. We put miles on our bikes in each of these places, although it was more fun to ride Sanibel, Captiva, and Naples. Your photos are like memory candy and each one has a special flavor and taste and I'm very sad that I'm rapidly getting too old to travel and enjoy these places as we did just a few years ago.

Thanks for sharing and for your nice comments on our Ocala blog.

bill burke

The sunset is stunning and the sand snowman is very cool. Hope you have a wonderful 2019 with lots of new memories and fun times.

junieper/Jesh StG

Wow, to see this amazing sunset in such big size! Did you change your blog theme, or do you have one with several options? Totally understand you missed the fireworks. There are only so many hours in a day, and the older I become, the more okay it has become for me to pick and choose:) Fun, that the blue heron chose to patrol your boat dock! Have a happy and healthy 2019, Sally! That all desires for this year may come to fruition.
Enjoy your versatile posts for All Seasons so much!

A ShutterBug Explores

Beautiful place and wonderful photos ~ looks very inviting, Sally ^_^

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)


Beautiful photos of the sunset! ... And a funny Florida "snow-sandman". :-)


...love the 'sandman.'

Linda Brown

We are lucky, you and I, as our husbands are multi-talented. As for your photos! Stunning. Warm and lovely. And you are so right...home repairs don't make good blogging...but necessary to good living! :)


your sunset is gorgeous!!! i watched the sunrise on new years eve - that's as close as i got to anything special!! and i LOVE the sand snowman/snowperson, that is right up my alley.

i always enjoy seeing your big birds!! your images are really amazing as you are able to get pretty close to them. snowed egrets, i have always referred to their footwear as "yellow goulashes", their feet are so funny!!!

Stewart M

Love those sunset shots at the start - and of course the egrets.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lady Fi

I'm glad you could fix your snags and still go out on outings to bring us these wonderful photos!

riitta k

Stunning photos - happy 2019!


A fun way to bring in the New Year - we didn't stay up either! Love the Sandman with grass hair. Hope all the repairs get done without too much difficulty.


A very fun way to spend New Yrs! I am getting more into sleeping in these days myself!!

martha z

You got some great images in between being the "fix-it helper".

I well know about the things that can happen while we are away from our other homes. I always wonder what awaits when we return to our cabin in the spring.

William Kendall

The egret looks like quite a character.


Beautiful photos, the sunsets are stunning, sounds like a wonderful time despite the things causing a hiccup. Wonderful to have those beautiful birds around.


The name of the beach conjures up wonderful pictures. That sunset is gorgeous and what a great place to be to enjoy at its best.


How wonderful to take a boat to your destination. Loved all these beautiful photographs. Never heard of the Snowy Egrets being called Yellow Slippers before. I think I remember seeing a Little Blue Heron frenziedly running around in the shallow water with its wings outstretched. It was such a cute spectacle we laughed and laughed and laughed. The little guy was fishing we were told. Lovely memory! Happy New Year Sallie :)

David Gascoigne

The pictures of the Snowy Egret are especially appealing, Sallie. You have really captured the essence of the bird. In terms of fixing things around the house, I have veered off in the opposite direction. If something needs doing (unless it is pretty minor) I have someone come and do it. I was never one of those men who enjoyed doing household repairs and renovations and when I did it was because I could barely afford tradesmen. Now I am happy to put my time to good use in ways that I enjoy!


Nice luv the wsy the egrets strut. We have them here. Happy New Year
Thanks for dropping by my blog


Lavender Dreamer

I love your boat! Wish I was 'on your way' so you could pick me up! heehee! LOVE that snowman made of sand. Would make the cutest Christmas card! Enjoy your week and this fabulous weather! Hugs from just a little ways away! Diane

Su-sieee! Mac

I love your sunsets. It's been awhile since I've seen golden sunsets. Ours have been reddish, which are pretty, but they seem so ominous to me. The photo of the Snowy Egret shaking off sandy cracks me up. I think the egret I glimpsed at the edge of the highway the other day was a Snowy Egret. It looked big so I wondered if it was pregnant. A Joyful 2019 to you, Betty!


Happy New Year, Sallie! Good health and prosperity in 2019!

I took a mini blog break in December to enjoy Christmas and now it is nice to be back in a quieter month. I see you are back in Florida to enjoy the warmer weather there. So sorry you had some mechanical problems and hope they are all resolved.

Your sunset photo is stunningly beautiful! Wow! I love the beach abd bird photos too--always so pretty.

ellen b.

Sallie, that last sunset of 2018 is so glorious. I'm glad you captured it. Ugh...repairs and improvements. Seems they never really go away when we own things. Love all the bird shots and your mosaic/collage with that great sandman! Hope all the repairs go well and you are back to leisure.


Great photos and I really love the sunset. Keep well Diane


Your photos as usual are wonderful. Love the egrets and mosaics. Hope your snags are fixed quickly! #mosaicmonday


What a life you lead. I love the snow santa. I relate to your first few sentences but still feel a holiday let down and wonder what my life is all about.


I just love your egret pictures. Beautiful! I have been retired for a little over a year and hubby just retired last week. So nice not to have that back-to-work feeling after New Year's isn't it?!?!

Heidrun Stallwanger

Happy first MosaicMonday in 2019...

...Hope for springtime!

Wish you a very good New Year with health and lucky moments.


Sallie - "home repairs don't make for good blogging material" - LOL! I appreciate you subbed in these glorious birds, especially the high-stepping snowy egret. Your mosaic is beautiful - I admire how you positioned the sunrise/sunset in the opposite corners … Happy New Year, and thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday!


magnificent sunset sky colors and the birds are beautiful. - always well worth watching. Hope you can get the house 'snags' fixed without too much extra time and effort.


I love that sunset and the first shot looks like a pirate ship. I do remember how well I slept to the gentle rocking on a boat. Much warmer building sandpeople than snow people. Great way to greet the new year.

Alan Bates

I am kind of pondering retirement this year so I am really interested in how retired people spend their days.

I love your sunrise shot, it is perfect all by itself.

I had never seen a sand snowman before and I love the concept and the hair.

Penelope Puddlisms

Oh, oh ... grammar check on my comment. I should have said "there" not "their".

Penelope Puddlisms

What a gorgeous sunset, Pink Shell Beach is as beautiful as its name! The sand/snowman is a delight and creative thinking by folks making good use of the seaside sandbox. I wonder if they made sand angels somewhere their too. :))

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