Perfect your photography skills at Ocean’s Reach! The wonders of nature are available for the clicking wherever you sit, walk or turn. Advanced amateurs and professional photographers attach long-focus lenses to zoom in on the intricate details of a spotted butterfly wing, a gopher turtle shell, ixora cluster or osprey nest. While these lenses offer compelling clarity from a distance, a shoulder support attached to the camera will help ease the added lens weight and provide stabilization.
Enjoy these tips on long-lens nature photography and start clicking!
The Tetons and the Snake River (1942)
Enjoy a rare look into the photography, life and conservation ethics of American photographer icon, Ansel Adams, through his granddaughter, Sarah Adams. She will be presenting “Memories of My Grandfather, Ansel Adams” as part of the “Ding” Darling annual lecture series, Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Don’t wait or be late! Seats are free and there are only 100 available for each lecture. So walk, run, ride over to the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center to attend this fascinating talk.
Our guests last month were buzzing!
As part of its annual “Wings of Freedom” tour — now in its 26th year — the Collings Foundation brought its Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber and North American Dual Control P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” fighter to Page Field in Fort Myers.
In addition to ground tours, many of which attracted WWII veterans who came to share their experiences, the foundation also offered actual flight experiences, an opportunity that Ocean’s Reach longtime guest Ed M from Ithaca, NY, couldn’t pass up!
Ed writes: “I took a flight on a B17G out of Fort Myers. Guests may have seen it and its’ mate a B24J, flying parallel to the beach this past week. Passing over Sanibel I took this shot of Oceans Reach.”
Pretty amazing, all the way around, don’t you agree?
Sun seekers are drawn to over 271 days of warm, glorious sunshine in southwest Florida, but an oasis of shade at our beachfront pool provides owner, Leo, an opportunity to do a little “home” work poolside.
It’s easy to keep up with home and work (if you really need to) from our pool deck, Grove and condos. Just power ON, click the connection with the most green bars and you are instantly connected.
Just remember to include the power cords and chargers for your iPad, smartphone and other mobile devices in your suitcase when packing for your Sanibel trip!
$9.50 all-you-can eat-plates of spaghetti and meatballs were served to ravenous Sanibel residents and visitors at February’s jam-packed annual fundraiser. After 30 years, the food was as tasty and filling as ever–hot, steaming spaghetti ladled with spicy tomato sauce and two large meatballs, accompanied by fresh green salad and the piece de resistance–melt-in-your-mouth gooey garlic bread.
The verbal admonition, “Eat Up, Drink Up, Get Up” enabled the throng of diners to be served hot, fresh food in a speedy fashion during the four hour community event. No appetite was left unsatiated and many expressed dismay that they would have to wait another year to repeat the fun and flavors of the immensely popular Sanibel Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner.
“Save the Date” for Earth Day at the Refuge 2015!
Trash-talking, plarn, and Bagzilla: These are just a few highlights of the adult and kid activities that will be available at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Free activities will include upcycle crafts in the Visitor & Education Center Classroom, guided hikes along Indigo Trail and the Wildlife Education Boardwalk, a “trashy” contest for kids, family story times, free admission to Wildlife Drive for hikers and bikers, free bike rentals, and a guided bike tour of Wildlife Drive.
“We are gearing our activities for all ages,” said Ranger Becky Wolff Larkins, refuge education specialist. “We’ll bring back our disposable bag-costumed Bagzilla character and teach people how to turn trash into jewelry and other masterpieces.”
J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers co-host Earth Day at the Refuge.
For more informatin, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org/earth-day or call 239-472-1100 ext. 236.
We’re not talking pork. HAM is slang for handheld amateur radio operator. And we have a real ham at Ocean’s Reach!
Our friend and longtime guest, Ed M. from Ithaca NY, has been licensed by the FCC for many years, interacting with other hams on a near daily basis. When visiting Ocean’s Reach, Ed uses fishing poles to extend his antenna for his short wave radio. He finds peace and solitude sitting by our pond while reading and listening for activity on his radio.
Read more about this fun and interesting hobby.
A unique mix of art and artistry returns February 27 to the BIG ARTS Schein Performance Hall.
ArtPoems, a collaborative multimedia poet and artist project, will celebrate its ninth year with performances by Southwest Florida poets and artists. In all, 11 writers and 11 artists will participate in this year’s program. Poets will recite their poetry while the paired paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media artwork are exhibited on stage and on screen. Dance, music and artist talks are all part of the 90-minute program.
The BIG ARTS event begins with a 7 p.m. reception, with the presentation to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available by calling the BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at 239-395-0900. A second performance is scheduled for April 8 at the Alliance for the Arts complex in Fort Myers.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter for the update!