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)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Sleepy Coastal Island

Rising with the sun is not all that unusual.

Getting to view the rising sun from the vantage point of the shoreline as it crests above the waters? THAT is unusual for these east coast residents.

Living near the Gulf of Mexico means watching sunsets is fairly standard.

Visiting the Atlantic Coast it's a beautifully solemn time to rest in wait for that first peek from this most amazing star in the universe.

The coastal marshes cause me to swoon in wonder all over again at their loveliness as we drive northward and eastward out of Florida and into Georgia.

Sighting the majestic Sidney Lanier bridge in the distance we know we are getting closer to a familiar destination.

What a remarkable structure! Oh, but I DO say that about most bridges don't I!!!

Celebrating sacred times, Mr. Meems and I were off the radar for some fabulous alone time. Certainly it could not have been that long ago since we vowed our hearts and lives to each other ... committed for life!

Mr. Meems, those crystal clear blue eyes still do it for me. I'm just saying...

Our balcony overlooking the ocean washed in the softness of morning reflections.

Outstanding breakfast foods prepared by the chef each morning following a walk on the beach and or a long bike ride around the island. These were the fanciest home-fries I'd ever been served.

And a yummy, hot southwestern fritatta made to order.

The only thing better than seeing butterflies is seeing butterflies fluttering about on wildflowers ocean-side.

Our accommodations were perfectly delightful. In this economy there are some super deals available. We were upgraded to our place after doing some digging online. It doesn't hurt to make a few phone calls and ask some questions either.

The overflow parking area was designed with very familiar plant life.

Oh, the quiet and peaceful breezes from the Atlantic were so appreciated.

Outside, the exterior grounds were chocked full with knock out roses and palms and native grasses glowing in morning light.

Yucca plant blooms a magnificent display of what could be a perfect bridal bouquet.

Rarely do I take the time to do this when we are home. But often when we travel I get to ride along in the cart while Mr. Meems plays on some beautiful golf courses. He braces for me having my camera at the ready.

Mmm~mmm... I do LOVE to watch him swing those clubs. You did want to know that!

One of the best aspects of golf courses is the wildlife that lives in and around them. Many courses are now Audubon certified. This particular course was designed leaving the natural woodlands surrounding the fairways. It was beautiful.

Lighthouses are expected on islands. This one, the second built after the first was destroyed in the Civil War.

It wouldn't be a proper out-of-town trip if it didn't include a jaunt to the local garden center. This one, quaint and picturesque, nestled under tall shady pines. We weren't traveling straight home when we left the island or I would have been more tempted to snag a few treasures.

The tide goes out for shorebirds to instinctively gather on the sandbar.

The tide comes in making it necessary to move down the beach to find a suitable entry onto the sand.

Simple pleasures for simple people.

Long walks, bicycle rides, lingering talks, more than enough good food and numerous historical sites to visit made it a restful and yet energetic get away.

Watching the fishing boats trail along the shoreline in the diamond glistening waters relaxes, refreshes, and energizes our souls.

Soothing waters lapping in rythmn, sounds of shorebirds, breezes in the morning air, the gleam of the oceans surface every bit to be absorbed and added to the lasting memories of one of our favorite places.

Sunset from this coast is viewed through a horizon of structures. But the reflections on the marsh are magical. A bike ride in the evening hours after dinner and then back to the beach is our way to 'feel' the island and absorb all its vistas first hand.


The Florida Blogger said...

The bridge is very reminiscent of the Sunshine Skyway. Makes me wonder if the bridges were built by the same people.

marmee said...

oh my word...i want to go next time. this is a beautiful place. what a wonderful place to get away to. you have capture the essence of the island with your photographs. i am so glad you took some time away with mr blue eyes. dave and i need one of these sometime in the near future.
welcome home.

nanamoo said...

Happy Anniversary. I wish you many, many more years of happiness together.

gigi said...

i just discovered your recent FTLOF blogs ... so i signed up for email notices. i love to travel with you vicariously by your pictorial views ... you do capture the essence of the area so well ... even though it is not truly Florida ... really lovely!!