Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sanibel Sunday Avoiding the Rain

Today, we found ourselves a little at loose ends, since the family has gone. We thought about going to the beach, but there were clouds scattered all around us and it looked like it might start raining anytime. So, we came up with 'Plan B', which turned out to be a good choice. We drove over to Gulf Coast Town Center in Ft Myers, to see Toy Story in 3D at the IMAX theater. I loved it! But, I have to confess that it made me cry near the end.

A good friend met us at the movie theater and after the movie, we went to Miller's Ale House for dinner. This was a new place for all three of us, and we will definitely go back. All three of us ordered a different entre, and each of us really liked our choice. I had Tilapia fish, black beans and rice, hush puppies, and slaw. I have so much fish and beans and rice left, that I could easily make 2 or 3 more meals out of it. The best part; it was only $8.95. I can't wait to go back.

This is what the clouds looked like this afternoon, as we drove over the Sanibel Causeway, when we were leaving.

Walking over to the restaurant, I saw this small tree growing beside the street. The blooms were very pretty and there were beans on it that looked just like green beans. Some of the beans had opened and there were tiny little white flowers on a stem inside of them. I hadn't seen a tree like it before. A friend thinks that it is a Datura or angel's trumpet, but I've seen some of those and I thought this looked different. I wish I had taken a picture of the whole tree. Anybody?

This is the sky that was waiting for us when we came outside again. A beautiful end to another day. After trying to avoid the rain on the island, we went home to find out that we didn't have enough to measure, again.

Last week, Amanda Bryant,Biologist at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, shared with all the volunteers for the Sea Turtle Program, that there have been a few unusual daytime Loggerhead Sea Turtle nestings this season.

Both of these photos were taken with zoom lenses and the photographers did not get closer than 100ft to either turtle.

This photo was taken by Karen Davis.

This photo taken by Julie Reed.

Thanks to both of you ladies for sharing these pictures with us, and what must have been an exciting experience.


ChrisC said...

I still go with Datura(or Devil's Trumpet-not Angel's Trumpet)

The Florida Blogger said...

The nachos are huge too!!

George said...

Those clouds certainly looked threatening. It's hard to believe you didn't get measurable rain at your house. The pictures of the turtles are interesting (and good!).

Snowbird said...

The turtle pictures are amazing. That would have been fantastic to see.