Don’t Forget to send in your entries! Deadline is September 1, 2013!
The Swamp Hibiscus grows best in moist soil and full sunlight. Its flowers are commonly a dark or scarlet red and its leaves are a smooth dark green. In full bloom from mid-summer into the fall, this beautiful plant attracts birds, bees and butterflies. If you see our Swamp hibiscus, you are standing amidst our pond plantings. Enjoy our great nature!
We want YOU!! July marks the opening of two great opportunities for you to share your favorite Sanibel photos: Ocean’s Reach Annual Photo Contest and “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest.
We love the photos you send to us. Now share them with the world.
Frank Gumpert of Fort Myers took first place in the 2012 “Ding” Darling photo contest with his macro Wasp Comb shot.
For over twenty-five years, we have been amazed to always find new things on the beaches of Sanibel. This year we observed hundreds of live baby sand dollars moving on the sandbar at low tide. My wife also discovered two of these Batfish that had washed up. They looked like little monsters out of a horror movie, but we found that they are harmless bottom feeders, and that few people have ever seen.
Looking forward to our next visit……
Interesting little video clip below:
The Friends Group of the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is embarking on a major video project for the refuge with an emphasis on the “Big 5 Coastal Bird Species”—white pelicans, roseate spoonbills, mangrove cuckoos, reddish egrets, and yellow-crowned night herons.
We know you have been there while staying at Ocean’s Reach. So please submit any of your videos or still images of these birds that you have taken at the refuge or any other images of the stunning scenery to Birgie Vertesch. Contributors to the project will receive credit and much gratitude!
A note from our friend Ed Machak arrived that some of you may be interested in viewing!
Ed writes: “Here’s a link to a Cornell University Red-Tailed Hawk cam.
Thought your guests would enjoy this link as they, and
Joyce and I, enjoy the Osprey cam.
Looking forward to staying at Oceans Reach next January.”
Eat your Sanibel Krunch and Dirty Sand Dollar at Pinocchio’s in Sanibel and Greenwood. Indiana now offers a “taste of Sanibel” for our Hoosier friends. And it tastes just as good!
Go visit both locations and enjoy a scoop of homemade Italian ice cream—a Sanibel tradition for nearly 30 years.
Thanks to Don Thompson for sending us this beautiful photo!