Friday, April 26, 2013

Florida's wonders - part 2

The second part of our trip was spent on Sanibel Island.  This is a wonderful place (albeit an expensive place to stay) with long sandy beaches and, in my mind, the best part is that 60% of the island is protected within the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge!

In this refuge one can drive slowly through and stop at various viewing locations to see an amazing assortment of birds and other creatures. 

A highlight of one of my visits was seeing two Horseshoe Crabs mating in shallow water (a photo is displayed in my Florida gallery).  I also spent part of an afternoon with a White Ibis (just the two us on a sandy shoreline).  It was magical!

Here are some images from Sanibel Island:

A Reddish Egret.  This bird is said to “dance” and act drunk and it didn’t disappoint!  It is believed to be a fishing technique.

An Osprey
A Fiddler Crab peering out from its home in the sand
Brown Anole lizard
Two Coots in a pond at Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island
Diane photographing a Little Blue Heron at Bailey Tract
Diane at The Windjammer restaurant
Doris at The Windjammer restaurant


  1. Hi Do: Nice to see your pics here and below. /J

    1. Thanks! I'm glad I finally got them posted.

  2. It truly was a magical time that we spent together. We had to just think of a species and the next thing we knew we were looking at one!

    Doris' photos are just phenomenal, aren't they? What great souvenirs of our trip.

    1. Thanks for making it happen! Love, Do

  3. Two most enjoyable posts. You obviously had a lovely time and took some great photos. Thanks for sharing. Flighty xx

    1. Thanks Flighty. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :-)