Thursday, July 15, 2010

Turtle Walk Thursday

This morning my partner wasn't able to do the turtle walk with me. So, he dropped me off beside the Sanibel Inn, where I walked out a beach access. This made it all seem a little different, by starting at the opposite end.

It was still pretty dark, as I walked out between trees and bushes, then on the board walk to the sand. When I got to that point, there was a little more light.

There was a man already standing near the shore, with camera in hand. He had a lens in the other hand and he told me he had made a mistake and kept it in air conditioning and now it got foggy and he was trying to get it warmed up before the sunrise. I've had that happen a few times myself. He said I had better hurry because rain was coming. So, I went on my way. The sky was looking pretty threatening and I kept hearing thunder in the distance. It made me hurry along a little faster than usual, for a while.

The one turtle nest in our zone had a couple of holes in it from ghost crabs. I reported it to the Permittee, when I finished my walk. I hope they can't get into the eggs. :(

There was a strong breeze and it was very pleasant walking along the beach. I loved walking toward the sunrise this morning, but it was pretty difficult to keep from looking back all the time. The clouds behind me were a different color every time I looked around. The rising sun makes such a beautiful light show on the clouds. That's why I love sunrises so much, and also why you have to keep scrolling through photo after photo that probably look the same to you. To me, everyone is different and I can't decide to delete very many of them. :)

It seems kind of strange to find at least one shoe, every time I come to the beach early in the morning. How do you manage to go home with one shoe on? Beats me! Or, if you carry things from the beach, don't you ever look back to make sure you got everything or didn't drop anything? Maybe only Mommies are trained to do that.

I'd be interested to know what they had in mind or where they were going with this one.

Patron spirits must have been here. :)

Not the greatest shelling this morning.

My favorite sight of the day!

I didn't have to share the beach with many others, this morning.

Snowy Plovers stopped to say hello!

If you enlarge and look closely at this one, you'll see this poor little Plover has both legs, but only one foot. But, you would never notice, when it's running along the beach. I've noticed it every time, and stand in awe of how well it has adapted.

This guy has the beginnings of a perfect day!

There were more shells, in places.

Some bad fisherman, left his shrimp bait, behind to rot in the sun. :(

Sea Pork

A few things to carry home.

It was a beautiful morning, and I needed another look back, as I was leaving at the Buttonwood access.

And......just one more! :)


George said...

I like each and every one of your pictures of the clouds. The formations and the colors are amazing. Thanks for taking us along on your morning walk.

Don said...

Beautiful sunrise pictures.

gpc said...

So beautiful. It's funny how looking at sanibel beach photos always slows my heartrate, calms me down. Sigh.

BTW, I am having a little july giveaway over on my blog!

Gayle said...

Once the sun came up a little it looks great, but no way would I be brave enough to walk down that boardwalk in the dark by myself. You are very brave!