4.21.2008

Beach Hat Bonanza

The beach was hoppin' for a Monday morning. Where do all the people come from? Doesn't anyone work? Are they all vacationers? Questions. I have questions.

However, the crowd did produce an abundance of beach hats.

Smart


Floppy


Cowgirl


Perky


A hat for everyone


My favorite...elegant


My beach combing produced this shark. A hammerhead? Again with the questions.

Top


Bottom


I did put him back in the ocean. I'm big on returning creatures to the sea. In the process I broke a nail. It was crazy for a fleeting moment. And it involved a rotting 2 x 4. Sheer maddness.

They couldn't stop crying


The lineup


Where's Waldo?

4.18.2008

Sunrise at Vilano Beach and the Fish Market

Got up early for to get to Vilano Beach for sunrise. It is something I wish we would do every day. Each sunrise is different. Amazing.

Soaring


Wispy clouds


Sun on the horizon


Pastel orange


Orange sky


Water on fire


Suspended in mid splash


Anticipation


Sea Spray


Frothy


Buds


Pelican


Deep Sea Fishing


The Boat


The fish market


The catch


Full cases


St. John's River Lighthouse 1859

4.12.2008

Ocean Treasures

A blustery (in Winnie-the-Poo's words), warm, sunny day at the beach. I even had to wade in to get a treasure. Take a look!

I waded in the ocean to get this


Someone lives in there!


I put him back where I found him. I think he smiled.

Smooth blue


Large tide pool (those are waves in the distance)


Smooth rolls


All alone


Moving on


Look at the tide pool on the left


Tide pool reflections

4.09.2008

Spring...and the Farmer's Market

I love going to the Farmer's Market. I think I've said it before...the feast for the eyes, the smells and the fresh produce. This time, besides bringing home a couple bags of veggies and a flat of strawberries, I got a pretty little pink daisy.

My daisy


Florida Grapefruit


Yes, I came home with tomatoes

4.03.2008

Sea World and Orlando

We took a trip to Orlando to visit my daughter and son-in-law. What a great trip. But as always...not long enough.

We went out to eat one night and this was the building next to our restaurant. We didn't go in, but I did snap a few pictures. And, I apologize for the blurriness in some of them, especially the whale photos. I'm still learning my camera and I left my manual at home. While in Orlando, I couldn't get it to auto focus. *sigh*

Wonderworks


Just freaky

The highlight of the vacation for my son-in-law was renting a convertible. Needless to say, this was my view for much of our travels in Orlando.

The convertible

One day we visited Sea World. Not quite as I remembered it from about 15 years ago. It is much more commercialized. Sadly. And, it is kid central. If you have a kid, that is the place to go. But, we enjoyed it in spite of Sea World's efforts to make it all that it shouldn't be.

The landscaping, of course, was beautiful. The flowers were in full bloom.

Fairy gowns


A riot of hot pink

Please forgive me for all the whale photos I'm about to post. (And I had a hard time getting it down to this amount.) If you don't love whales, or if you fear whales, you may want to skip ahead.

Look at his little face!


They were affectionate


This was the last thing the people in the front rows saw before getting drenched!


The wind-up


The splash


To our left


To every action...


...there is always opposed an equal reaction


Riding high


In flight


Grace and beauty


The dance


Taking their bow


Anheuser Busch now has their fingers in Sea World as evident by the Clydesdales.

A sea horse?


Do you see the real sea horse?


Big 'ole manatees


Happy dolphins


Da-dum ... Da-dum, da-dum da-dum da-dum!


The end.



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