My morning paradise

My morning paradise

This morning I visited Lighthouse Beach on Sanibel to take photographs for one of my paper’s features called Faces.

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I arrived shortly after 8 a.m. with my camera in hand ready to capture wildlife. The clouds kept the sun away for the entire hour I stayed. With clouds built as far as I could see, I still walked away with more than 130 pictures.

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Although the sun did not beat down on the beach, the wildlife still made its presence. I had so much fun watching the birds every move while capturing their hunt for food in the water and on the sand.

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Most of the birds did not pay any attention to me. I tried to give them their distance as I used my zoom to capture them.

The osprey, perched on the side of the lighthouse and in their nest were the most intriguing.

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The highlight of my trip to the beach was of course the dolphins. Spotting a dolphin will never grow old, never! There is truly something special about watching them play in the water. Today there were three or four of them swimming together.

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I swatted away many sand fleas while trying to keep the camera steady to take photographs of the dolphins.

I thought of my puppy Lucy when I spotted this little lizard. She would have gone nuts trying to chase it.

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The pictures below were taken on a sunset cruise Jason and I took last month of the Lighthouse Beach. It was a completely different perspective . . . a beautiful way to see the shoreline.

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Next month will mark two months since I started on Sanibel as the editor of the Islander. The excitement has not gone away . . .

I work in a beautiful place, a place where I get to explore on a more intimate basis.

 

 

 

A walk under the bluest of skies

After tornado watches and warnings were made for our area and surrounding areas early this morning, it turned out to be a beautiful day.

I hoped to take the entire day off today, but had a few interviews I had to complete. I also had to turn in a few articles. So, I took the second half of the day off to spend with Jason. The warmer half of the day.

We went for a walk down a portion of the Kingsport Greenbelt that we haven’t been to yet. It was pretty with a good amount of history. There was a lot of people out walking around, many with their four-legged pets.

Although the wind wasn’t all that nice, the temperatures were in the 50’s during our walk. The skies were blue with few clouds.

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It was nice being outside again today. There is no better release than smelling fresh air, listening to the birds chirping, ducks quacking and the wind swaying through the branches of trees. The best part is having Jason walk alongside me enjoying the outdoors. By the time we were done, we probably walked close to four miles again.

The best part of the walk was the wildlife we saw throughout.

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Jason spotted this little guy first. He was too cute, I had to take a picture.

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It was nice walking along the water, looking at the houses on the other side.

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It wouldn’t be a walk along the Greenbelt without seeing the ducks.

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IMG_1153It was another great day outdoors for a few hours.

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Every snow storm that comes our way brings a beautiful robin that plays in the branches right outside our door. Every time I would grab my camera, have it ready to start snapping away, this beauty would fly away and make it impossible to capture him.

Well, I’m happy to say that today he granted my wish as he flew from branch to branch close enough to take pictures.

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IMG_1095He even took the time to look straight at me and pose while I snapped away.

Today, Winter Storm Pax continues to show its presence. The snow is still falling this morning, creating more of a blanket of white all around our home. I wonder when it’s going to let up. I want to make a larger snowman and Jason wants to go sledding down our driveway. That sled ride will definitely be an adventure, one that I will capture.

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IMG_1100This has definitely been a true winter for Jason and I. We have experienced the cold temperatures, at one point -2, and a good amount of snow. It’s different from Florida winter’s that’s for sure.