Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, June 1, 2009

One Can Never Spend Too Much Time at the Beach

Royal Poinciana, Delonix regia

The drive south to the beach this time of year is dotted with the flame-red blooms of the Royal Poinciana trees crowning above the residential areas and the highways. This amazingly showy tree is just one example of the imaginery line drawn just south of our county. There are many tropicals that flourish better than where I live and yet they are only a few miles south of us . Somehow I have managed another beach getaway right on the heels of my last one. Mr. Meems would say I'm pretty good at figuring out ways to get to the beach as often as possible. And he would be right. But shussshh, we don't have to tell him so.

I couldn't be more blessed actually. How very fortunate for me that my sister and I decided to split up some of her Florida visiting time between my house and the beach.
She is in town for two weeks visiting from her home in Tennessee. This time of year the beaches are still not crowded so we decided to spend about 5 days away from the misters and the kiddos. Can anyone say relaxing? Or better yet, hallelujah?
Other than a brief interruption, when I left one evening to attend the wedding of a dear friend's son on Treasure Island beach, my sister and I are completely and resolutely soaking up every minute of solitude together.

It's a quiet place on my favorite beach with beautiful tropical plantings and our unit faces the gulf. A screened porch and large gazebo next to the pool is providing outdoor living space for us even at night.
No matter how many times one visits the beach there is so much to see and exhilerating sights to capture. The first afternoon/evening we were here there was a host of birds flying together along the shoreline. A closer look at the photo above will reveal the tiny bait fish surfacing that lured hundreds of birds for their evening forage. It was an awesome display that went on for over an hour. Gulls, terns, shorebirds, pelicans all together dipping in and out of the water as far as the eye could see up and down the beach.

Conditions are ever evolving on the coastline. Just sit and wait. From one location, in the course of a day, there is so much to capture with one's heart and soul.

Light changes. The sky changes. Tides come and go. Waves swell and calm to glassy green stillness. Temperatures and breezes and sunshine and beach critters and sand and salty smells all there to simply breathe in and be thankful one is alive!
God paints the sky all day long with brilliant displays of His wonders. And at the end of the day, we sit and watch its magnificence fade away. And with it so many familiar beach sights and sounds.
Even the nighttime beach offers a certain and almost equally marvelous environment with its vastness, beauty, and punctuality hardly going to sleep ... just waiting for another sunrise to signal another day of ... well, whatever one desires... for this beach break anyway.


Floridacracker said...

Great bird shots!
Love that skimmer one especially.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

OK-that does it!! We're gonna head for the beach,again.We were just there last week,but can you ever get enough? I think not....

marmee said...

hey it looks like we are having a great time!

Meems said...

Thanks... and one can never enough great bird shots...

Those skimmers are so fascinating to watch!

I am with you on that! Get here as often as possible... it is food for the soul!

Did you notice I said "solitude together?" I think that is an oxymoron except in this case. Our many great times... it's hard to describe! Love and hugs.