The entire SDP team ventured out for sunset Thursday night on Sarasota Bay. We were poised for an incredible sunset, when all of a sudden a small cloud materialized next to the setting sun and quickly expanded into a very large cloud blocking the sun. (As the SDP Jr. Editor observed, it grew like Aladdin being released from his lamp. The Editor-in-Chief, on the other hand, viewed it more as a map of Scotland, with Mother Nature paying homage to Sarasota's Scottish roots.) Anyway, the glow of the yellow-orange sunbeams radiating from behind the cloud and reflecting off the clouds above was quite impressive. Goes to show...you never know for sure what you're going to get with a sunset here. Happy Saturday!
A bit messy...slopping seagrass on that spoonbill, but nevertheless, those shades of pink are very pretty! Spotted this roseate spoonbill Monday evening on Sarasota Bay -- a fun and unusual sighting in the summertime. Typically, the roseate spoonbills have migrated north by this time of year. Whatever the season, it's always a thrill to see one!
I'm not sure if I've ever seen seaweed this bright -- almost an electric green! It washed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico onto Sanibel island during low tide, just as an afternoon thunderstorm was rolling in.
And, of course, there were lots (and lots!) of seashells tucked in the thick seaweed. Isn't Mother Nature amazing?! I don't recall seeing this seaweed on the beach the next day. I guess it washed back out to sea. Or perhaps it turned a dull greenish/brown hue and I didn't notice it...