Week 9: Abandoned

These three chaise lounges on the beach on Anna Maria Island made for a colorful shot against the white Gulf of Mexico sand. They were temporarily Abandoned while their occupants enjoyed the cooling waters and rolling waves of the Gulf.

Three Chaise Lounges

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Week 8: On the Edge

There’s one way to cool off on a hot summer’s day in Florida. Plunk yourself down On the Edge of the Gulf of Mexico and read a book while the waves tickle your toes. This man had a broad space of beach all to himself on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Man at Water's Edge

Week 7: The Color Purple

I had never heard of Beautyberries until I moved to Florida and saw them years ago at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. I loved their shape and deep Color Purple. I found these the end of August on Anna Maria Island. Beautyberries grow four to eight feet tall and wide on deciduous shrubs. They add nice color to an area, and hold on to their berries for a long time because, while edible, birds don’t particularly care for them. Some people pick Beautyberries to make jelly and to use the leaves as insect repellent. American Indians made Beautyberry tea to treat illnesses. As for me, I will continue to enjoy looking at them (and photographing them) when I see them on occasion.

Beautyberries

Week 6: From Where I Stand

After the 8-14 inches (or more!) of rain that fell in Manatee County last week and having an infinity pool we didn’t have to contract for, I figured there would be a snake or two in the yard, given we live on a pond. Sure enough, a Great Blue Heron was in the yard doing snake duty. I stood in the doorway of the cage, and from where I stood I got the picture before the bird maneuvered the snake down the hatch. Now I know what those long necks are for!

Snake CU sig FB