Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sanibel Island Skywatch

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

On the third day of our Florida vacation hubby and I went south and spent 2 nights in Bonita Springs. Located on the gulf and midway down the coast. We toured Sanibel Island and Ding Darling NWR and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. All great places for birding and pretty scenery, so I am sharing birds for NF Winged and some sky shots on this post. 


This Sanibel Island lighthouse is a different design than what I am use to seeing. But, I do enjoy seeing lighthouses and will take a few photos of each lighthouse that I visit.


The Brown Pelicans were plentiful in Florida. We saw a lot of them on Sanibel Island.


The Snowy Egrets seemed to like hanging around the fishing pier, maybe hoping for a free meal.


Some of the Sanibel shorebirds..the cute Sanderlings and some Ruddy Turnstones.


Juvie Osprey on the nest, testing out the wings.


Now, it's time for the sunset on Sanibel Island.


Love the pretty pink clouds in the shot above.


These sky shots are in order as we watched the sunset. By the time we arrived at the beach the sun had set, the colors and reflection was still pretty. Stay tuned more to come from Corkscrew and Ding Darling NWR.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I always appreciate your comments.

Happy Skywatching  to everyone!

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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to the host of NF Winged.  Also, thank you for stopping by to see my post. I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

60 comments:

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!
Happy days off!
The nature is wonderful, have a great time there ;:OD)

Sleepshort said...

Thanks for bringing back happy memories. I visited Fort Myers many years ago, and Sanibel was my favourite place in the area. I was always there.
I remember the lighthouse well, and the pelicans too.
Thanks for this delightful post.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, such beautiful skies

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous sunset. just amazing!! ( :

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Fantastic posts with joyous birds and sky photos to see! They are so beautiful.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So many beautiful sea shells on the beach of Sanibel. I've always wanted to go into the lighthouse and see what it looks like going up those steps in the middle of the lighthouse. Such a small space. Not sure if they allow people to go in the lighthouse?? Visisted long ago! have fun!!

CabinGirl said...

oooohhh - so pretty. And warm looking! We go to Captiva every now and then. That area is just overflowing with beautiful nature. Your sunset photos are amazing!

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous! love the snowies! :)

that lighthouse is awesome! almost looks like a water tower!

Lady Fi said...

What glorious and beautiful skies!

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Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Thanks for the beautiful sunset and the birds on Sanibel Island. Many years ago I was fortunate to visit Sanibel Island for a few hours. Love the lighthouse. Somewhere in my archives I have pictures of it.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful sunset of images with glorious sunset.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

That is a very interesting lighthouse. The design is quite different from what I've seen. Love all the bird shots and the sky shots. So beautiful!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I am just a tad jealous of the osprey shots. :) Shorebirds are always a delight and your sunsets...oh MY!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, I have not gotten to Sanibel --but one of these days, I definitely want to.. But--I'll probably be searching for shells there instead of birds!!!! ha

Great photos --especially the sunset.
Hugs,
Betsy

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!I agree with you!!Strange lighthouse!!!Amazing pictures!!Your captures are fantastic!!I love the sunset photo!!So beautiful colors!!Thanks for sharing!Hope you have a nise weekend!
Dimi..

Emilie's daughter said...

Your photos are very summery! Beautiful! Enjoy your holiday! I would love to be there too.... Christa

Karen said...

A great series! A gorgeous soft sunset, and the egrets look like tourists on the pier!

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!
Happy SWF to you!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous, colorful skies and terrific captures for the day! Such a lovely place!! Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Eileen! Enjoy!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Eilleen...
...he is a new puppy dog...
Igor is dead in 2012 :(
Thanks for stopping.
Myriam

Lynne said...

Wonderful photos Eileen . . .

Montanagirl said...

Very nice series of photos. Love those gorgeous skies!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely pictures from my "backyard" (actually, I'm sure they'd call where we live the backyard). I love Sanibel and Bonita and all of that area. You found some beautiful scenery and birds!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Love Sanibel Island and magnificent photography ~ Gems! ^_^

dwaynejava said...

Eileen,
Great posting. I visited many of these locations in Mid-March. Great to re-visit Fort Myers through your photos and posting here. - DM

Tammy said...

Hi Eileen, great shots! We took a trip to Sanibel last year; it is so pretty there, especially those sunsets! Love the juvi Osprey also!

Jesh St Germain said...

Thanks for taking us on tour here, Eileen! Looks like the perfect surroundings for R & R!

Terrebel said...

Amazingly I'd never heard of Sanibel Island. I wonder why...it's astonishing! Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!

Terrence looks at the sky

Happyone said...

All lovely photos.

George said...

That lighthouse is definitely unique. It reminds me of an old-fashioned water tower. Your sunset pictures are gorgeous.

Carver said...

These are all wonderful shots. I love the colorful sky at the beach. The lighthouse is unusual and great seeing the birds. You got some great captures of the birds in flight which I find hard to do.

Debbie said...

oh I must plan to go, we have never been!! Awesome shore birds and a breathtaking sunset!!

Lew said...

Beautiful! Sometimes the best color of a sunset is after the sun drops over the horizon!

LifeRamblings said...

such beautiful skies and birds.

Kusum Sanu said...

Ding Darling NWR is a birders paradise! I was there in late Nov, it was very hot! Nice pictures!

Bob Bushell said...

That seems so pleasant, the look of the waves and the sunset, beautiful.

inge said...

The sunset picture is simply stunning it is so dreamy. I always think there is something so therapeutic almost in watching the sun set.

Have a lovely weekend

Leovi said...

Wonderful pictures, great delicacy to poetically capture nature. Greetings.

Desi Traveler said...

Beautiful pictures full of life.... thanks..

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! I love the sunset shots.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen!
What a great time your are having... It is so obvious through your great photography!
You translate perfectly the ambiance with beautiful sunsets and Pelican flights!
It makes me wish I could return to Florida... such a lovely place!
Thanks for sharing!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful place to birdwatching.. Nice pictures..

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Your last photo is wonderful, it makes one wish to be there too.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Absolutely the best ever!! These images are extraordinary.

NatureFootstep said...

lovely trip you made. :) It is a nice design of that lighthouse.

sceneoftranquility said...

That's a very interesting lighthouse.

NatureStop said...

Love those sunset shots! Have a great weekend!

Shantana

DeniseinVA said...

Amazing series of sky photos Eileen. Happy Skywatch Friday!

Lina Gustina said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful photos and dropping by :)

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Joyful said...

I love your beach photos. Very nice. Have a wonderful weekend. xx

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Lucky you! Now, I am very jealous! I adore Sanibel Island and Ding Darling preserve. I have not been there in 20+ years though. It is on my "soon" list now that I live within easy several hours' drive of it. Excellent pictures. Hoping you have a fantastic weekend!

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful sky shots, Eileen, especially behind the lighthouse. And I love the birds. I used to see ospreys from a distance, and I know where they nested, but I never saw a juvenile. Thanks for posting one!
K

Gemma Wiseman said...

A beautiful, fascinating series of photos! Such can't get used to your brown pelicans as opposed to our black and white ones!

AmitAag said...

Wonderful sky shots, Eileen:)
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Spare Parts and Pics said...

Awesome sunset shots, Eileen!!

Laura said...

absolutely beautiful!

Arija said...

The sunset is great but those crazy pelicans jumping in feet first like a bunch of small boys has me grinning all over.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Great lighthouse!! It's so unusual, but it seems to fit into the whole area ... I bet you'll be going back there again!

Serline said...

Love the colors in the sky and the tranquil view of the settling sun in the distance.

ladyfi said...

A slice of paradise! Lovely sky shots.

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