What a great shot of the Osprey taking flight out of the pond at Ocean’s Reach.
Thanks again to Mr. Rubin for the photos. Ocean’s Reach loves to post vacation photos, so please don’t hesitate to share yours.
Len Anzelde, a recent guest that was visiting Ocean’s Reach, sent us this incredible picture of two Great Blue Herons! Great Blue Herons are found in most parts of the United States but will mostly be found near marshes, shorelines, and lake edges as they prefer to eat fish that they spear with their long beaks while wading in the shallow waters. Len is the president of his camera club and it is easy to see why he was chosen for the position.
Our thanks goes out to Len for sharing his work!
Rachael Chilcote, daughter of Bob and Judy Groninger bikes early in the morning every day for between two and three hours. She ships to Ocean’s Reach her bike pedals and seat and then has Billy’s Rentals attach her equipment to one of his high performance bikes.
A great way to stay fit and enjoy the sights and winter on Sanibel.
Larry & Nancy spent a few days on the beach at Ocean’s Reach to celebrate the Colts road to the Super Bowl. How wonderful is that?
Unfortunately, the Colts ceded to the Saints but the sunshine and the beach put the smiles back on their faces.
We loved having you back as our guest at Ocean’s Reach!
Diligently, Ann Bumgarner is keeping up with our Osprey residents and following are the newest updates from Ann’s Osprey Diary:
This is what we have so far.
January 11th – Today it is chilly, 56 for the high. The female has spent most of her time on the nest, we assume she is keeping her eggs warm.
January 20th – Have noticed on the very cold days, the male is on the nest as well. Real team work!!
January 24th – 4:30 pm, the male just returned to the nest with a fish for dinner!!
January 26th – Very windy today. The female has changed her position, she is now facing the direction that the wind is coming from.
February 1st – The male is nearby in a tree, keeping an eye on things
February 9th – Lots of noise at the nest, but no change in the mother’s position. As incubation of the eggs usually lasts about 5 weeks, perhaps we are getting close to hatching. Stay tuned.
On Sunday, December 27, 2009, the lights were twinkling and all eyes were sparkling with merriment as 80 fellow Sanibel neighbors and guests joined together for a holiday musical performance sponsored by Broadway vocalists James Dalfonso, Deborah Jenkins and Mark Malachesky and the owners of Ocean’s Reach.
Our special musical guests have had extensive touring and single engagement performances with national symphonies, opera companies and musical theatre productions. These famous musicians joined us on Sanibel from the East Coast to present a festive Christmas presentation just for us. Ocean’s Reach has been able to present this concert only due to the gift of these musicians who have made Ocean’s Reach their “home away from home” for numerous years.
Delicious beverages and desserts were enjoyed by all before and after the performance.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out once again to James, Deborah and Mark!
This last Sunday, I visited the Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero. It is easy to get to from the corner of US 41 and Corkscrew Road–less than a 45 minute drive from Sanibel.
For a vehicle fee of $5.00, I spent an amazing afternoon visiting restored buildings from the 1890’s, an art collection and walking the beautiful grounds and trailways alongside the Estero River. What I had previously thought was a historic marker on undeveloped land turned into an almost 4 hour visit. It is definitely worth several trips as musical concerts are held every Sunday afternoon in the Art Hall. You can also sit and watch the kayakers and canoers racing down the River. There is also an introductory video to watch in the Founders House.
Dr. Teed and his small legion of followers left the privileged south side of Chicago and became a vital part of the Estero community. The last remaining relatives of the community bequeathed the property to the sate of Florida. Florida has done an excellent job of maintaining the community, educating the visitors with a wealth of docents and also providing camp and recreational facilities on the property.
I know you will be wonderfully surprised to learn more about this communal society and the wonderful assets they left behind.
To be continued next Sunday!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Ocean’s Reacher, Frank Mason has been given the honor of having his art work accepted to the BIG ARTS (Barrier Islands Group) “Recycle It” Juried Theme Show. His incredible entry is made of plastic dinnerware and entitled ” The Rare Knifewing Forkbody Spoonbill” pictured below. The exhibit can be seen at the Phillips Gallery of BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel. Phone 239-395-0900 (info@BIGARTS.ORG) and open now through March 1st. Hours are 1-4 PM Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. An Artists Reception to which the public is invited, is to be held on Saturday, February 13, 5-6:30 PM. There are many amazing pieces which are all made of recyclable materials on exhibit as well. Check it out!
Congratulations Frank on a very beautiful and creative work of art!
While visiting at Ocean’s Reach, if you are looking for some excitement, then look no further! Hop on over to Ft. Myers Beach and Paradise Hang Gliding, Inc. to sign up for the thrill of your life.
As they advertise:
Experience breathtaking views of Florida’s Paradise Coast while soaring high above the Gulf of Mexico. We have Tandem Hang Gliding at its Best, and no experience is necessary. Using state of the art equipment, our licensed tandem flight instructors give you a once in a lifetime experience. We board passengers at the beautiful Lover’s Key Bait Shop & Marina at 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33981.