Valerie and her family were recent guests at Ocean’s Reach and have enthusiastically shared some of their favorite photos from their stay. Because there are quite a few pictures and they are all outstanding, capturing the beauty of Sanibel, we will spread them out over the next few days referring to them simply as “Valerie’s Ocean’s Reach Album”. Please enjoy!
Valerie and her family have been coming to Sanibel for years. They have stayed on East Gulf or West Gulf Drive for one week at a time. Valerie writes that, “Even though we were at Ocean’s Reach for only four days, it seemed much longer because we had the opportunity to see a beautiful sunrise and sunset every day because of the location.
And, by the way, I have an inexpensive camera from Target and did not alter the photos. Sanibel is really that beautiful?
Thanks again for helping us create wonderful memories!”
Feasting time for the birds early in the morning at low tide…
Egret posing for me!
The sun is coming up fast. Guess Meg and Jeff want to sleep in today!
Check back for more of Valerie’s Photo Album!
It is hard for all to believe that it has been 5 years since Ocean’s Reach was devastated by Hurricane Charley. After almost 16 plus months of complete renovation, Ocean’s Reach was finally ready for re-opening in December of 2006! Ocean’s Reach was a spectacular resort loved by all before Charley hurtled through, but by the time all of the hard work was completed, it became truly a paradise to behold, filled with love once again!
Taken in December of 2004 as reconstruction of Ocean’s Reach began.
The last two days on Sanibel have seen a cold front move through the area bringing rain and higher than normal surf. The Estep family, staying in 1a3, have been thrilled. They report the shelling has been fantastic and the rain does not slow them down at all. “Makes for better shelling”!
The shore birds of Sanibel enjoying early morning! Notice how they are facing into the morning breeze acting almost the same as a wind vane would. Did you know that by watching the birds, you can tell which direction the wind is coming from? This is because they come in for a landing facing “into” the wind are all set for take-off still into” the wind (such as an airplane does). Also, if they face into the wind, it helps them retain body heat because by facing the opposite way, the wind will ruffle their feathers. If it’s a warm, windless day, birds will sit any which way they choose. The winds simply flow over the contour of their bodies, but if the bird is turned the opposite direction with its tail facing the wind, it ruffles their feathers and they are off balance.
The Hong Kong Orchid Tree is almost in full bloom at Ocean’s Reach. We have three trees on property and they will be in bloom from December through January.
The tree originated in Hong Kong in 1880 and apparently all of the cultivated trees derive from one cultivated at the Hong Kong Botanic Gardens. This tree was and still is widely planted in Hong Kong starting in 1914. It is also sought after for it’s beautiful landscaping qualities in many other places including Sanibel Island.
The species is believed to be sterile and will not set seed so the plant will not drop long pods as other orchid trees do, therefore propagation is by cuttings and air-layering. The flowers of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree attracts butterflies and bees.