Friday, April 10, 2009

Sanibel Family Friday

My visiting family slept in this morning and then went browsing though some island stores for a while. This afternoon they spent enjoying the beach off West Gulf Drive around access 7. They enjoyed a picnic lunch sitting in beach chairs under the umbrella. It wasn't too windy today and a pleasant 82 degrees. They played some paddle ball and found some keeper shells.

Since we left the beach late, our dinner was a little late too. We went to the Sanibel Grill around 9:00. The vacationers then had to call it a night. They wanted to get to bed a little earlier tonight because they have reservations for parasailing tomorrow at Captiva.

It's kind of hard to see it in the video, but there was quite a drop off from beach erosion. It ran from quite a way east of the Blue Dolphin Cottages to the west of it. Right in front of where my family is, it drops down as much as 2 or 3 feet.

Ever wonder why sometimes there is foam and sometimes there isn't? Well I have, and from all I've read (which not being a physicist, is well over my head) it has something to do with how energy is transferred from wind to waves. If I understand it correctly; when the wind becomes to strong for the surface to handle, it needs a larger area to carry the energy and the way it does that is to break into a spray of water droplets. So, as a wave starts to form, the motion of the water causes bubbles to swirl upward and collect together, and they become foam. During most normal rough seas, the white caps are spotty, but during a hurricane the entire surface might be covered with foam.

I've also read that foam is created by impurities in the sea water, such as salts, protiens and fat from decomposed fish and plants, etc. After all of that has been churned up by the water currents it makes bubbles as it is carried toward the shore. Whatever the cause, I only remember seeing it when it's windy and I love watching it. :-)


Mediterranean kiwi said...

glad to see you're having a great time - it's hard to imagine such good weather right now; we are in the beginning of spring

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great photo of your family, Tootie. Sounds like they have had a wonderful time at Sanabel. I'm sure you'll get some pictures of them parasailing... When we go to the beach in NC in May, there are always parasailing going on. I love to watch them!!!!

Happy Easter to all of you..

ღ Alice ღ ™ said...

Such a beautiful family:) I can see the resembalence too.
Have a Happy Easter :)

George said...

You certainly have a very handsome family. I'm glad the weather is cooperating for their visit.

Tink *~*~* said...

I think the wind/air theory makes sense. I can't imagine there being that much fish fat floating around, and since when is salt an "impurity" in, um, salt water? LOL! Glad to read that all is well and that you're having a good time.

Tink *~*~*

Gayle said...

Another beautiful day in paradise. I hope they enjoy parasailing...I would be way too chicken, but my Nick would do it. Hope you have photos of it.

antigoni said...

You have a great family!