I believe we have babies. !!!!!!!!!
Also,Â here is a link to a YouTube video clip showing a little of what might be going on up in the osprey nest.
He’s a real fixture around Ocean’s Reach.
Post your comment with his first and last name AND the name of the company he represents. The first person to post a comment with the correct answers will win a FREE OCEAN’S REACH BEACH TOWEL that will await their next arrival.
Check back to the blog on Saturday for the correct answer and more about our mystery man at Ocean’s Reach!
Here’s a close up photo of my new friend, the banjo man–Tad Greene. Again, on a run down the beach about 1 1/2 miles east from Ocean’s Reach, I heard a great concert of blue grass music. Head on down around 5:30 p.m. and look for this man. He’d love to have an audience or have you play along. He also takes requests. Are there any other blue grass fans out there?
Dru Anne Doyle
Recently this photo taken by Dru Anne Doyle, popped up in front of me and all I could think of was the wonderful book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which was written by Richard Bach and published in 1970. More often than not we all see a group of gulls, or any birds, as a flock and not as individuals. After reading this book, I have ceased to look at any group as one. We are all individuals, even the gulls.
I know the story has been around for years and I am sure that many of you are familiar with it, but something about the story has always stuck with me and even today as I walked through the cold parking lot of Walmart in Northern Indiana, hearing a gull call above, I looked up and questioned in my mind, “Is that you Jonathan”?
In case you have never taken the time to read a story about a seagull who learns to fly, really fly, soaring above all the rest, I would urge you to do so. It is a relatively short book, only 93 pages, and such a totally unique and delightful adventure about freedom, flight and seeking a higher purpose in life. If perhaps you are a person that occasionally likes to make your own rules when you are convinced you are right, or someone who gets extreme pleasure out of doing something well, even if it is just for yourself, then I am sure you will find yourself soaring with Jonathan on his journey. He wants to learn to fly better than any other gull and chooses to go against his flock to follow his dream of being more than just ordinary.
We all have dreams, but few of us take the time to pursue them as Jonathan does in his story. The freedom of flight has been a dream of man for all time, and Jonathan takes us a little closer.
If anyone out there would like to read this book, I happened to find a place online where you can read the complete book for free, although it is still in print and could probably be found at the Sanibel Book Shop on Periwinkle.
It was also just released to DVD in 2007. If this type of read is not your style, at least take the time to look for the individual in the flock (or anywhere you look). It is well worth the look.
I was at Ocean’s Reach for 4 days the end of February to visit my friend and do some nature photography.Â Although I spent a lot of time at Ding Darling, the pond you cleared out near your picnic grove hosts many different kinds of birds and I didn’t have to travel very far to get some good shots.Â Â I thought you might be interested in a few of the birds I found around your pond.
Blue Wing Teal
Concert on the Greene or Blue Grass on the Gulf
I didn’t know that beach walking could be so musically entertaining. Thanks to Tad Greene who is spending a wonderful Sanibel winter mostly shelling and serenading beach walkers like me! For a Kentucky woman, this plucking and strumming brought back a lot of college memories from Lexington, KY–the heartland of bluegrass music. Tad hangs out, during his spare time, jamming at The Lazy Flamingo or on the beach with fellow bluegrass musicians. He asked that I invite other musicians to join him. Look for him in the gulf waters strumming away at sunset between Donax and Loggerhead Cay. Blue Grass on the Gulf.
Dru Anne Doyle
In case you didn’t have the opportunity to attend, the weekend of March 5th, 6h and 7th, the Sanibel Community Association and the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club hosted the 72nd annual Shell Fair and Show. It is the longest running Shell Fair in the country, with attendees from all over the world. It is a juried show with both scientific and artistic competitions in both the amateur and the professional category. Entries include entire shell collections as well as single rare shells. One room is devoted entirely to the artistic entries such as sailor valentines, jewelry, picture frames and lovely flowers. A visit to the Shell Fair shows the interest many people have in the shells and the animals that create these beautiful “homes”.
Ann Bumgarner spent some time at the show and was kind enough to share her description of the show and a few of her favorite photos.
Saturday night, February 28th, the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel held their annual spaghetti dinner in the Community Center to raise money for the various children’s agencies they support. The dinner is prepared on site and served in the main hall which can seat up to 240 people. The dinner is the main social event during the month of February and attended each year by more than 1,000 dinners. The food is plentiful and extremely good with every diner receiving a complete Italian feast consisting of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, toasted garlic bread and beverages… and it’s all you can eat! Everyone truly enjoys the feast, the entertainment and the fun of competing for exciting prizes at the auction and raffle that follow the dinner. This year one of the main items in the auction was a Marya Dabrowski necklace valued at $1295, which was donated by Lily & co. Jewlers. All of the proceeds from the dinner go to children and families in need.
The primary sponsors of the event are Bailey’s General Store, Bank of the Islands and Sanibel captiva Trust company. Many of the other local businesses show their support by donating items for the raffle and the auction.
If you are Sanibel next year during the annual event, I strongly recommend you attend, as it is an evening you will not soon forget.
Lisa Sherburne has been shelling on Sanibel Island since she was just six years old. This was her first junonia. She found it out in front of Ocean’s Reach condos at 9:30 pm, at low tide. Lisa acquired her shelling interest from her dad, Sam Bumgarner and her paternal grandmother, Lucile Bumgarner. Since marrying Lisa, Brad, her husband has caught the shelling bug and has become an avid and dedicated sheller as well. He found two pretty cones shelling the same night. They have a lovely collection in their home in Iowa.
Winter visitors to Ocean’s Reach enjoy many activities. Among them is a ladies golf group, that has been active for 10 years. Each Wednesday the ladies depart in several vehicles to head off island to the golf course. Along with Ocean’s Reach ladies, there are friends of the ladies from off island who join the group as well. Play is at Myerlee Country Club with an 8:30 shotgun. Each week the lady with the fewest putts wins the “pot” which consists of a dollar contributed by each participant. The highlight of the day is lunch where the discussion runs from golf to grandchildren and many of the worlds problems are solved at this gathering. Anyone interested in being a part of this fun group can notify the office who will in turn let Mary Ellen Paulson know. She is the group leader and handles scheduling duties, vehicle assignments and pairings. It is always a fun day with many laughs and definitely many fond memories. A good time is had by all!!