Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. John Kenneth Galbraith
I find myself at the extremity of a long beach. How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep! A greeting and a homage to the Sea! I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow. That far-resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome. His salt breath brings a blessing along with it. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Foot-prints on the Sea-shore"
A winter vacation on the beach even for this native Floridian is a treat. With blue skies, crystal clear green waters, sandy sea shell laden shores, cool breezes and ample salty air the beach is quite possibly my favorite place on earth.
Hubby and I spent a mini-vacation of sorts on Captiva Island- one of the many islands off the west coast of Florida. There is so much to do on Sanibel-Captiva... two islands joined by a short bridge. People come here from all over the country to view and photograph the wildlife- especially the birds. Sanibel-Captiva has done a marvelous job of conserving most of the island in its orginal habitat.
The foliage and plant-life is rich, dense and every nook and cranny oh so lusciously tropical. There are so many great places to eat it is taxing to decide which one to enjoy. Restaurants with live music and open air, on the beach seating offering outstanding menus.
The sounds of waves lapping the shore being the first thing we heard each morning and the melody lulling us to sleep each night. Our cottage was on the gulf side of this narrow end of the island while only a few steps away the intracoastal waterway easily accesible. We chose to walk almost everywhere for the scenic value and to get the most from the "island feel".
One of the beautiful sights of south Florida is the remarkable Banyan Tree. This one just outside our little cottage.
Some of the blooms surrounding our beach get-away included these magenta infused Giant Spider Lilies.
We visited the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation which happened to house a Native Plant Nursery. How convenient for me! Recently I've been adding to my garden more native plants. I picked up a few from my wish list while here... The American Beauty Berry and Blue Porterweed are currently waiting to be put in the ground at hoe and shovel. It just wouldn't have seemed right for me to come home without a weekend garden project to look forward to.
Four days never seems long enough to be in such a heavenly place. Nevertheless, I am grateful for the glorious time of relaxation and rejuvenation.
To top it all off on our way home, God painted the sky with a lingering, vibrantly breathtaking sunset. Hubby pulled off to the side of the road for me to capture it on camera.
As I finished snapping the intense hues of orange and yellow to the west I turned to my right and captured the Sunshine Skyway Bridge with the eastern sky of pinks and lavenders as its backdrop.
Stay tuned for my post of the bird life on Sanibel-Captiva.