September 26, 2015

Below $2!

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I can't remember the last time I purchased a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline for under $2.  Recently, I've heard people talking about it...and prices finally dropped below $2 in Sarasota a couple of days ago. 

Those who have followed Sarasota Daily Photo for awhile may recall I used to post a photo of gas prices once a month from the same gas station. The last one I posted was about 2.5 years ago (believe it or not) and prices were hovering around….well….you can see for yourself here.  I'm bummed I wasn't able to continue to document the rise and fall of gas prices over the years. (C'est la vie, n'est pas?)  But, when I saw this low price, I knew I had to get a photo!  I was able to grab my camera out of the car and snap this photo before my tank was filled up.  How are prices in your area?

September 15, 2015


It wasn't until I downloaded this photo and looked closer that I realized the little dark blob just in front of the Great Blue Heron is actually a big flying insect.  Imagine that!  At the time, I just thought the heron was enjoying a good stare into space while he waited for an unsuspecting meal to happen by --- perhaps a lizard or small rodent.  Little did I know (according a bird website), the  GBH will "eat nearly anything within striking distance".  Hmmm…I don't recall him snapping at the air.  But, now I wonder if that blob could've been appetizer.

September 13, 2015

Oh, Deer…Still Flooded

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It's been a long, hot and busy summer!  We've had an usually wet summer here and some rural areas are still flooded.  When I visited Myakka River State Park yesterday, the road winding through the park was completely open and passable for the first time in several weeks.  The wooded areas throughout the park, though, are still under water.  So, park residents, like this deer, seemed very happy to venture out of the soggy conditions and enjoy a nice meal on dry ground.  In fact, this deer was so focused on munching on dry grass, it didn't mind me standing just 20-25 yards away.  Cooler temperatures are right around the corner here and I hope I'll be able to get out and about with my camera a bit more.  Hope everyone in the CDP blogosphere is doing well!

June 11, 2015

Dinner for One


If you're going to dine alone at Lovers Key State Park, you might as well do it in style.  I love how this osprey maneuvered his fish dinner within this split tree branch so that it's wedged in there snugly.  That way, when feeling peckish, the osprey doesn't have to clamp his talons onto the fish to keep it in position.  Rather clever, I'd say.

June 10, 2015

Lovers Key Beach

Lovers Key State Park

It's not that easy to find a desolate beach in Florida.  So, I was thrilled when I strolled around the corner at Lovers Key State Park and saw this deserted scene.  I encountered one other person on this stretch of beach and he was doing what I was doing:  meandering along taking pictures with his DSLR.  (If you zoom into the middle of the photo you can see him.  Otherwise, he blends into the background quite nicely.)  This is a wide shot of the area where I took the last two photos I've posted.  You see how close the green treetops are to the Gulf of Mexico?  That's what makes this area so inviting to ospreys.  Tomorrow we'll take another up close and personal view of this popular bird of prey.  

June 7, 2015

Lovers Key Hunter


Hunting is banned in Lovers Key State Park unless, of course, you're an osprey.  As it turns out, ospreys adore this park.  I spotted at least half a dozen nests lining the beach less than 30 yards from the Gulf of Mexico.  (Apparently, they subscribe to the adage 'location, location, location'.)   They can sit in a tree high above everything, then soar a very short distance to hunt for some sushi. This handsome fellow cruised right overhead as he was heading out to look for dinner. Those intense yellow eyeballs  and sharp beak are rather formidable, wouldn't you say? 

June 6, 2015

Lovers Key

Lovers Key

At Lovers Key State Park….channeling Clyde Butcher, Florida's modern day version of Ansel Adams.  Over the next few days, I'll share more photos from this heavenly slice of paradise in Ft. Myers Beach. Have a nice Saturday!