Jerry’s Center on Periwinkle is already for the arrival of Santa! It also appears that they have put out a few cautionary signs for Santa as well, like ” Watch Your Landing” and Be Sure and Bring your Suntan Lotion”.
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.
Florida is definitely the place to be in the winter for fresh veggies, as Winter is the main growing season in Florida! This taste tempting vegetable garden is located in East Rocks on Sanibel.
If you are without space to grow your own, the Farmer’s Market on Sanibel can still make cooking fresh, not only possible, but fun!
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.
In the latest edition of Beach Wrap, we announced the newest publication by famed photographer Alan Maltz is on sale at Ocean’s Reach. “Visions of Beauty: Fort Myers, Sanibel & Beyond” is available for Christmas gift giving. There are 130 pages of breath taking photos, some of which were taken from Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel, The price is only $60 which includes tax and shipping through December.
Ocean’s Reach was pleased to be a part of his newest release. Below are two photos showing the work in progress!
Turn right at the intersection of Algiers and Camino del Mar until you can’t go any further. You will be at Ocean’s Reach on the beach! Algiers Lane will lead you to the beach side park by the name of Algiers Beach and past an old historic cemetery. But turn right first!