Thursday, December 22, 2011

Almost perfect day ...

The last day or so has been rather relaxing as many of my holiday tasks have been crossed off, leaving me with more time to do 'whatever'.   And I like doing 'whatever' which usually includes taking lots of photos.  I thought I'd share with you some of my shots from yesterday.  Come walk with me.

Morning started out with breakfast at the pier.  The Professor and I love the view and occasionally, dolphins treat us with their acrobatics.

The Professor went back to work and I biked around looking for photo ops.  I am rarely disappointed!

This Great Blue Heron was on the hunt for breakfast and was kind enough to pose briefly.

I practiced my panning as these Rudy Turnstone Sandpipers ran quickly in front of me.  I won't tell you how many shots I took, but a few did come out ok.  I might be getting this panning thing down.  Or not.

These Dulin Sandpipers were a bit kinder and didn't make me chase them down the beach.  They were much more interested in what the surf was turning up for them than paying attention to me.


As lunch approached, I gathered up The Professor and we biked over to Ginny's & Jane E's for one of their delicious BLT sandwiches.  We ended up splitting it since the scales were not kind to us that morning!

After lunch, we biked around the island for over an hour, poking around here and there and seeing what new construction or landscaping had occurred since our last visit.  I love watching the progress of renovations and new construction.  HGTV and DIY?  I could watch hours of it!

We came upon one residence where these Wood Storks were hanging around.  I have never seen this bird before, so that was a big treat.  Although, they don't have the prettiest of faces.  Sorry Mr. Stork!

 This Anhinga was enjoying the day as much as we were ... soaking up the 80 degree weather! 

As the afternoon started to fade, The Professor and I gathered up our chairs, glasses and wine and walked to the beach for sunset.




Last night, it was especially sweet.


Even more sweet was capturing another photographer enjoying the same view.
I never tire of these golden moments. 

We were treated later with a few dolphins jumping.  
I didn't capture them though ... too far out and too little light.

Once dark was upon us, The Professor and I headed home.

Nearly a perfect day.
(A perfect day would have been being able to have a WHOLE BLT sandwich!)

Later, my friends,





46 comments:

Jill said...

So much beauty in one post!

TexWisGirl said...

laughing at the BLT! you did a fine job on these shots! LOVED the treatment you gave the first bunch. wow, that GBH looks GORGEOUS!!! i had the pleasure of seeing a wood stork here one year as it stopped over for a few days in winter. remarkable birds!

love your panning shot, too!

Sylvia K said...

I'm laughing at the BLT, too! Oh, and so much beauty! Your captures are superb! Such lovely skies, blue water, and gorgeous birds! Looks like the perfect day -- well, the BLT, of course! Wishing you a very Beautiful and Merry Christmas, Reena! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I was wondering what was not perfect...now I understand. I too would have done likewise. When will the holidays be over so we can once again have the entire BLT?

Beth said...

yes, i was just speaking of a "perfect day" on my blog. & in my opinion what an awesome day you had!! wow, love those views. maybe your next trip i could go in your luggage ... just a thought. ha. ha!! (:

Misty said...

Thanks for the nice walk. I'm officially relaxed. :)

Ginny said...

So many beautiful images here, it is just wonderful. SO much fun scrolling to see your next delight!!! I have never seen a Wood Stork close up, he seems to have a black body and the most delicate white snowy feathers, what a BIG treat!!! If it wasn't for him, my favorite would be your cute panning picture, you have it DOWN!!! Their little orange feet seem both off the ground as they race. I love the bright blue shadows on the pier and the black palm silhouettes!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful images, and I especially like the last two images. They are just gorgeous.

Kathy said...

Those storks may lack a little in the face but their wardrobes are fantastic! We girls are always wardrobe conscious!

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos from a great day! I really like them all, but I LOVE the second shot.
Happy Holidays!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That seems like a pretty perfect day to me also. Love your photos~

christopher said...

A beautiful day indeed.

And when I can't pick a favorite...I know that each photo is magnificent.

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, such beautiful colours in these shots. Thanks for taking us to the beach with you.

ladyfi said...

Wow - each photo is just magical!

Evelyn S. said...

Oh Reena! These areas you frequent should hire you to do their tourist brochures!!! Your photographs...and fascinating editing...are so beautiful. (80 degrees? How about 8 degrees? That's what we had at 8 this morning.)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that Turnstone picture is really great. Just the right amount of blur.

Have a happy Christmas!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Bob Bushell said...

Double nice,the pictures of the birds are extemely good but, I do love the Wood Storks, and even pretty sort of face.

Hilary said...

What a fine day filled with natures best displays. That's one golden sunset.

Joe said...

The wood storks look like white buzzards with long beaks.

Claudia said...

Beautiful. There are wood storks and anhingas hanging around my parents' condo. I love watching them.

xo
Claudia

Country Girl said...

Gorgeous photos of your part of the world (for today). Love your storks!! And that sunset is divine.

Woody said...

I *do* watch DIY and HGTV for hours, it's one of the few channels I watch.

The scenes are really beautiful. I Think you have the panning thing down, a great place to practice are drag races (take ear plugs).

Sandra said...

what a wonderful day and I love the rod and reel shot. and the perfect ending of the day with the sunset. i love those ugly storks, i had never seen them until about 5 years ago and now they are common at the preserves and at bray park

Ivanhoe said...

Amazing colors, Reena! I'm ready for a little snow now. I want white christmas :)

Daryl Edelstein said...

oh its (pick your holiday) not a time for half of anything .. xo

My Journey With Candida said...

I always love the pictures you take.

Merry Christmas Reena, to you and the Professor.

Amish Stories said...

Since I'm now publishing my last post of the year i wanted to wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy and healthily new years to be. I'm going on a blog break and just wanted to stop by and tell you this, and I've enjoyed your blog this year very much with its great pictures and words. Yours truly. Richard

Marcie said...

What an absolutely beautiful..color-filled day. Looks/sounds absolutely perfect!! Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas!!

Ann said...

having a day to do whatever is the best kind of day to have. Thanks for taking us on the walk it was fabulous

bill lisleman said...

those wood storks are unusual - big bird - I'd love some up close.

Dianne said...

Thank you for taking us on that bike ride I feel quite invigorated - love the sandpipers hurriedly scampering across the sand on their way to somewhere to do something!!
Wishing you & The Professor the best Christmas ever.

latebloomerbuds said...

SUCH a glorious day and so much beauty. Margie

Barbara said...

My idea of a perfect day. I'm sighing! I'd love to pedal around with you on one of your photo searches. Thank you for sharing! And Merry Christmas!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena.

I wish you all the best for Christmas and I hope you have a great 2012.

Teje said...

Hi! Your blog is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing photos!
Christmas wishes from Greece! x Teje

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love those storks. So unusual -- and I'm partial to those sweet faces only a mother could love.

Wonderful captures, Reena. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

CherryPie said...

I enjoyed that lovely walk with you :-)

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

icedgurl said...

trekking your amazing blog! keep blogging! happy holidays!

cheers!
...TREK...

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

that orange sky is marvellous!!
all these are beautiful!

thnaks for brightening my day.


Merry Christmas!

mrs mediocrity said...

Love that heron, gorgeous!

Wishing you a happy holiday and a wonderful New Year filled with love, joy and smiles!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely walk, I enjoyed all the pretty scenes and the the beautiful birds you captured. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos and beautiful birds! Some of them is on my want to see list...:)

Michaele said...

I just love photographs of photographers. These are all wonderful Reena.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! Just gorgeous! I love those wood storks...you take the best photos! ♥

Marilyn said...

Beautiful birds. I love the sandpipers and the image of the blue heron is a gorgeous piece of art.

Oliag said...

You are living the life I would love...between my two favorite places...Maine and Anna Maria. Lucky you! And lucky me to get to see all these gorgeous shots of them....The Rod and Reel is one of my all time favorite places on earth:)