Friday, October 14, 2011

Adventures in paradise ...

Our time at Anna Maria is drawing to close. 

~ sigh ~

I always get a bit melancholy the last few days.  It is such a beautiful island filled with so much natural beauty, friendly neighbors and tons of wildlife.  A photographer's paradise, the reason for my sporadic visits and posts.  It's just too hard to be sitting at a computer with all that beauty outside my door.

Just as an example, take my day yesterday.  The Professor and I frequently bike to the Rod and Reel Pier for breakfast.  This is it below.


Sometimes there are dolphins or manatees swimming around.  







And always photo ops of seagulls, terns, egrets and pelicans. 


Yesterday, it was a stormy morning with dark overcast clouds ... which made for a beautiful walk out to the restaurant.  I captured this fellow quietly fishing.

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We usually sit outside on the upper deck and as we took our seats, our waitress pointed out that the news media was in the parking lot.  They were getting ready to do a live story for the Today Show with Matt Lauer on the young man who was recently bitten by a shark while spear fishing in this area.

Well, of course, I had to take pictures.  See the guy in pink ... he's 'live' doing the story.





So of course, in the evening, I went to the Today's show web site and captured the below image.  Can you see us?  We are sitting right below the video's "Live EDT" sign.  My FIRST appearance on national TV!  Woot woot! 


See, every day is different on the island.  I like that.

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That afternoon, while The Professor did his professorial work, I went biking.  I never fail to find something fascinating to photograph.  And I wasn't disappointed when I happened upon these beauties.





Wild parrots! 

A resident had a number of feeders in her front yard and there must of have been two dozen parrots on the feeders and in the trees.  Needless to say, I took dozens of photos!  I wouldn't mind having some of these guys in my back yard (although I am told they are very noisy).

So here's a little eye candy for you.








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 As is most days, The Professor and I ended our day in beach chairs watching the sunset.  But last night, after another incredible sunset, we turned our chairs around and watched the moon come up.



It was spectacular!

Did you see it?  I hope so.
Again, thank you for dropping in.  I love hearing from you 
and  look forward to catching up on 
what you've been up to!

 Later friends,


51 comments:

Misty said...

What a beautiful vacation spot! Thanks for sharing.

Cozy Little House said...

Oh Reena, SPECTACULAR bird photos! A girl very much after my own heart. You know I do love the birds. And parrots! They are exotic and so colorful.
Brenda

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena... many thanks for sharing.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

All your photos are so rich in color. Very nice.

TexWisGirl said...

all such gorgeous scenes! you're always good to share your beautiful vacations/getaways with us! :)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Looks like such a cool place, love the parrot photos.

Sylvia K said...

What fantastic captures, Reena!! And thank you for sharing the fun and the beauty! I love any place near the water and this one is superb! Love all the different birds, the sunsets, moonrise and beautiful skies in general! I can understand being reluctant to return home!

Sylvia

Jill said...

Oh wow! I can't even imagine feeding wild parrots. What a thrill that would be! The place you ate looks so darn charming at the end of the pier. Wonderful photos!

Dianne said...

What a wonderful place to take your breakfast out on the pier with wild-life all around - I can understand how you feel melancholy about leaving this idylic paradise!

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, I'm fascinated when I came here, I follow all your words and pictures, they enchant me...
I'm happy for you!

oa.s

CherryPie said...

Our moon this evening was amazing :-)

Ann said...

Beautiful shots. I would be a bit sad to see a vacation like that come to an end

Gail said...

What a tantalizing glimpse into paradise!

Enjoy and I look forward to more wonderful pictures.

Ashley Sisk said...

So beautiful - love all the HDR processing.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Ah, it is lovely down here now, isn't it? The weather from October 1 to May 1 nearly makes up for what comes the other four months! Glad you're having a great trip.

Woody said...

Thank you for sharing these with us, they are all great! A little bit more and that young man is doing for a swim!

You better find a good agent once you get home, I thin the phone will be ringing off the hook ;-)

Woody said...

P.S. don't hurry home, the weather here sucks.

Oliag said...

What wonderful photos of those wild parrots!...but you know my heart is realy of those shots of the Rod and Reel. I have been there many times but not since my sister passed away...it was a place we both loved.

Kathy said...

Yep, I recognized you immediately. I even said "That looks like Reena" when the episode aired on TV!

The parrot shots are my favorite, but as usual, you never disappoint!

Deborah L. Tisch said...

Such fun! I love your blog and all your birds. Now that you've been spotted on national TV, can I have your autograph?

Just saw the movie "The Big Year". I think you might get a kick out of it.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

It looks like you've had a terrific vacation. They always end, don't they? But you have your TV moment which will live on and on:-)

Ginny said...

All of this in one day, I'm amazed that you have been able to post at all while you are there. The storm photo is truly awesome!! And the parrots with the striking white eye rings! Even your background on the last parrot picture is stunning, it looks like a tree of jewels.

geetlee said...

sigh... i'd love to visit, such beautiful pictures. and such an interesting post too! yayy for appearing on television ;)
have a great weekend!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Beautiful images love the parrots especially!

Birdman said...

So funny! LIVE on Today! hahahaha

Michaele said...

This is true paradise! Love how you soak up every minute.

mrs mediocrity said...

Wow! those parrots are incredible...so cool that you got to see them and take some pics! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Jennifer Richardson said...

thanks for sharing these treasures;
your eyes see and capture beauty
in the most amazing way!
the moon sang to us last night,
too....the most beautiful melody.
Thanks for the wonderful share;
I'm so much the richer
every time I drop by!
-Jennifer

My Journey With Candida said...

What a fun vacation you are having!! I can't believe the great shots you got of the parrots, so pretty.

Barb said...

Reena, Your photos of this island paradise have been a brief respite for me. What amazing colors!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

thanks for this lovely pictorial tour!

such wonderful pictures of a magical island!definitely a must-see.

thanks so much for sharing.

Friko said...

The photo of the lone fisherman is like a painting.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What spectacular images! Love the wild parrots and other bird shots. Glad you are having fun, making tv appearances and all!

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, great photos and incredible colours.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So much beauty, filling your days with wonderful memories.

Catherine said...

It would be so hard to leave such a beautiful place!
xo Catherine

Caroline said...

Oh wow...such gorgeous photos! ANd I love the parrots! How cool is that???

Steve said...

Awesome work Reena. I love looking at your part of the world. Someday I hope to get up there.

Nick said...

Beautiful shots Reena! Life looks good at the beach! Yep, watched the moon rise but not in such pleasant surroundings!

Thank you!!

Cheers! Nick

Marcie said...

It truly does look like paradise. I've never seen wild parrots before. What a hoot!

Liza said...

Lovely photos as always! And your TV debut! How fun!

Mark said...

Wasn't it not too long ago you were down there? Thats not fair. Beautiful shots of the birds, and yes, I can see you on TV. Great outfit.

gina said...

What a wonderful vacation! I adore your parrot photos!

Ruth said...

I thought that was you on the dock when I saw the Today show!

;)

Barbara said...

A magical visit in a beautiful place! Thanks for taking us along!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

How awesome that you was there when they were on Live TV! LoL! =) I love the grin on the man's face in blue... he looks like he's up to something! heheheee

I didn't think there were wild parrots in the US... I actually thought they were in the tropics... good to know! =)

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

Molto brava.
Immagini sempre bellissime.
Fortunata per essere in posto
così speciale.
Ciao dall' Italia
Loretta

Debi@7Gates said...

Your photos leave me speechless. They're so beautiful and you capture just the right shots. Loving those little parrots.

Carole M. said...

looks to be the most perfect holiday destination. Great link up with the tv coverage like you did. Loved the parrot/chair.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love the shots with the storm clouds! I would much rather shoot a sunset with clouds on the horizon then a clear sky. I love how moody they look.

Country Girl said...

Have so missed coming here . . .