Sunday, July 31, 2011

Still a bit of Old Florida


Hi friends!  You won't find any squirrels here today.  Or chipmunks.

Nope.  I left them at home, hopefully in the good hands of house sitters that are feeding them.   
And the cat.  Who is probably hiding under the bed.

What you will find here today is our first day of vacation on Anna Maria Island.  I love coming here.  
It still has the flavor of old Florida.  No high rises, no condos ... 

just lots of sun and relaxation 

and

old fashion piers


fishing


snowy egrets


 wide open beaches


hubbys who carry good wine for sunsets


and annoyed seabirds who tire of my pestering them for photos.

All I have to say to him is "Get over it!"

Wishing you a great week!

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60 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, I'm so envious...but I guess I'm envious of too many people lately! ;-) Beautiful location for a great vacation. Enjoy. (Oh...those colors in that first photo are fabulous, too.)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Great images that more than tells how nice it is where you are. Very nice. I am envious of the bird photos. I guess Florida birds love to pose whereas California birds love to tease and torment photographers.

TexWisGirl said...

old florida sounds heavenly! enjoy!!!

faye said...

Enjoy the beach.. the seabirds.. the sunset
and that good wine..

Sylvia K said...

It looks and sounds heavenly, Reena! I do hope you have a fantastic vacation! And, yes,I agree with Faye, enjoy the beach, the seabirds, the sunset and a great wine! Enjoy!

Sylvia

bon bon said...

ha! egret feet!

looks lovely! have a wonderful time!

Mark said...

I'm always looking for wide open beaches. I will be goggling this place

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Gorgeous photos. Looks like you're having a relaxing time.

ladyfi said...

It looks like paradise! Enjoy.

Misty said...

Gorgeous photos! I miss FL beaches.

Kathy said...

It looks wonderful. How can you have a relaxing fun time on a crowded beach!

justine said...

these shots make you just want to pack up and go visit! they are lovely

Woody said...

Have a great time, this looks like a wonderful place, very calm and serene.

I'm sitting at my kitchen table photographing hummingbirds outside my door. Hopefully, some of them will come out.

Saun said...

Have fun love the Egret never realized their feet are a bright yellow. Enjoy!

lila Check said...

your post are simply fabulous!!!!!!!
hugs
lila

*Honest Abe said...

Isolation is good.

Aimee Cotton Bogush said...

Holy smokes the photos are all great, but that first one just reached out to me! Wow. Stunning!

Jill said...

Looks and sounds like heaven on earth.

Jane said...

Love that very first photo, just heavenly! Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Debbie said...

that's my kinda vacation, one where you get to actually relax.

one where you can just make the ordinary, extraordinary!!!

gorgeous group of pictures, a lil bit of everything!!

Snappy Di said...

Looks like heaven to me! Hope you have a wonderful vacay!!

Daryl said...

Oh look the egret matched his shoes with this eye makeup .. he could be in The Hunger Games movie!

Birdman said...

Enjoy the time away.

Chez Loulou said...

What a wonderful place. Enjoy!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your surroundings are amazing. Hope you have an awesome time!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Ah, the beach. I live near it and hardly ever go over there, can you believe it? Unless I'm birdwatching, of course. Have fun.

Catherine said...

Mmmmm.... wouldn't it be grand to be able to lay on a white beach today. Thank you for sharing your photos with us!
xo Catherine

beth said...

love the feet on mr. egret and the seagull really does look kind of pissed...that's funny !

Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful. Love the whole series ..Lead me to the Beach . I love the beach but live on the Prairies.

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh hope your vacation is going swimmingly
and that your eyes find more of this gorgeousness to swoon over
...thanks for taking us along
for sunsets and beach-time
and for the grins over that grumpy gull:)
-Jennifer

Cedar said...

What a lovely location! It looks so peaceful and beautiful!

CherryPie said...

It all looks so lovely and relaxing.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, what spectacular images, seem taken from paradise:) enjoy it and relax.

a hug
oa.s

Ginny said...

My favorite is the snowy egret, don't think I've ever seen one before. I LOVE the matching yellow feet and face mask! And that goofy looking seabird does look annoyed at you, he is so funny. Can you tell I'm a birdwatcher? Hope you have fun!

ELK said...

iam with you in spirit ..thank you so much for sharing this little piece of heaven!!

Oliag said...

Anna Maria Islands is one of my favorite places on earth:) I haven't been there in nearly two years...maybe this year!

Loved catching up with all your amazing bird photos! Lovely!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This looks perfect! I keep a list of places I want to visit in Florida..I'm adding this one! I would even love to fish someday! ♥

janet said...

Hey Reena,

I could certainly do with a little Old Florida right about now.

Enjoy your sunset

Janet xox

urban muser said...

these images are fantastic. enjoy your vacation!

Barbara Shallue said...

Ah, I wanna be there. I need a Florida fix - it's been more than a year since I've been! Have fun for me! (and that's a good husband!)

Louise said...

Oh my goodness, the feet on that egret! It sounds like a lovely place to have a vacation, and I hope that you enjoy every moment.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Can't get over the neon yellow feet on the egret. Simply amazing.

Have a wonderful time, Reena. :)

PS - the cow is a she, and pregnant.

lisa said...

It is so nice to know that there are still parts of Florida that are relatively untouched. Your photographs are wonderful Reena, and it looks like a perfect place to vacation.

Thank you so much for sharing this today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

P. S. Enjoy every moment of your vacation!

elizabeth said...

enjoy your vacation - will look forward to your photos - oh yeah - if you haven't noticed it's hot down here!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Have a great vacation Reena! You are not far from my hometown of Clearwater.

Henrietta said...

Looks so wonderful, have great time and enjoy:)

geetlee said...

I love the first shot! Fences and pathways to the beach call out to me :)
The snowy egret looks so beautiful, that yellow band around his eyes, makes him look so unique and full of character! :)

Tammy said...

This is a very nice series. The first shot is my favorite.

Roan said...

I'm drooling over that first shot of the fence, beach, and ocean beyond. Gorgeous! That bird really does look like he's had enough. LOL

Pat said...

What wonderful shots! It looks like a beautiful place! Enjoy your vacation!

Anki said...

Nice pictures, I like these very much.

Hilary said...

Such gorgeous photos, Reena. They capture beach life perfectly.

Anna said...

I've heard good things about Anna Marie Island. Looking at your photos, it looks like a great place to relax! Hope you have a wonderful vacation!!!

Butterbean Row said...

This makes me want to go to the beach. But now that you TOLD the world about Anna Maria Island, it won't be pristine any longer. LOL Just kidding. It looks so wonderful and serene. Have a wonderful time!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Heavenly! Eat some shrimp and crabs for me!

Ann said...

I am very very jealous right now. Your vacation view is WAY better than mine. I can see why you love it there.

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Ohhh more more, I want more... Snowy Egrets, wide open beaches, & a good hubby (of my own, of course, heheheee) who'll carry more wine for more sunsets! LoL!

Connie Smiley said...

Beautiful! Hope you'll enjoy some cool ocean breezes for me!

Carmen said...

Lovely post. I recently stayed in these Anna Maria rentals
and found being by the water so relaxing. I can't wait to go back next year and enjoy a taste of Island life again :)

Mrs. Norwood Aycock said...

Beautiful pics -- soothing, peaceful blog! Love it!