The peanuts the Blue Jays planted about a month ago are now flowering. If all goes well, that means I’m about 90 days away from harvest. I can’t wait to see the crop yield…
Archive for ‘Observations’
Took a little road trip this past week, no set schedule, just wanted to getaway for a bit. So, to paraphrase the John Hiatt song, we hopped in the car and Drove South.
We toured Sanibel Island in the afternoon before catching a stunning sunset at the historic Naples Fishing Pier. It was such a lovely stroll that it made me wish there was one like that up here on Treasure Island.
Headed a bit further down the peninsula the next morning to explore the western side of the Everglades (I’d neglected this region during my visit back in 2019). We had the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk pretty much to ourselves. Well, there was some wildlife out there, not as much as I’d hoped but still a good time.
Afterwards we decided to check out Chokoloskee Island, (part of the infamous Ten Thousand Islands). Talk about a tiny fishing village at the end of the world! We stopped off for some refreshment at the Smallwood Store and were tempted by the Guava Cheese Pie. I’d never heard of it before but it was delicious, kind of like Key Lime Pie but less tart.
While sitting on the dock enjoying the view we met a new friend, a juvenile Brown Watersnake (Nerodia taxispilota). I kept a close eye on it while it slithered around (hey, in flip-flops my toes probably looked quite yummy).
The return trip took us through Everglades City, the Stone Crab Capital of the World. I’ve heard about this tasty treat since moving here so where better to actually try some? The meat was moist and decadent (and the claws were so colorful). Also tried their conch fritters, and they were the best I’ve ever eaten.
It was a long drive home but well worth it!
It was a beautiful cool evening to sit out and watch the eclipse last night. And thankfully the clouds dissipated in time…
I’m just an amateur but I’m pleased with how this shot of the Super Flower Blood Moon turned out.
Spotted this as I was passing through the heart of nearby Madeira Beach today. If the beer is that cold, it’ll definitely be the place to hang once summer heats up! Cheers, y’all!
Riot of Color
While I still have some room for more plants in my front yard I am pleased with my pollinator garden thus far. I lost a few plants over the past year but their spots have been filled by ones from a kind neighbor, my favorite native nursery, and even a few very welcome volunteers.
It’s fun to wake up and see what’s new each day!
My new boss has the greatest ideas! She organized an amazing day of team building, both on and off the water. The weather contributed by being practically perfect; sunny and warm with a light breeze. All in all, a great way to spend the day!
Went to yoga on the beach with my friend Katie this evening. What better way to spend a rare Friday night off from work? So relaxing!
Friends and I wandered out to Anna Maria Island Sunday afternoon for a bit of relaxation. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day off.
In an effort to avoid a serious backup on the highway, I took a side street to work the other day. Unfortunately, this new route didn’t turn out to be any faster since I encountered this handsome devil.
It’s breeding season and though I didn’t see any females nearby this guy was certainly strutting his stuff. A pleasant diversion to be sure.
The colors were just lovely yesterday evening so I climbed up to the top of the bridge over John’s Pass to get a better look. This jetty at the north end of Treasure Island is my turn around spot when I walk the beach.
It’s a wonderful place to watch the water and relax.