To mark the 2nd anniversary of Sarasota Daily Photo, I offer a photo which encompasses a little of everything that most people were interested in based on our recent poll: beaches, wildlife and a surprise. (Thanks to everyone who voted!) This picture was taken on South Lido Beach in the early evening on a week night. Lido Key has the only beaches within the Sarasota city limits. That beautiful body of water is Sarasota Bay which flows into the Gulf of Mexico (just to the right out of frame). You can run along the beach, go boating, check out the shorebirds and then be in St. Armands Circle for fine shopping and dining within a matter of minutes. The great blue heron tucked in the foliage on the beach is real. He was rather funny because he seemed to act as those he was completely camouflaged and no one could see him people watching.
I've enjoyed blogging for the past two years and meeting so many different people in the City Daily Photo world and blogosphere. Through your terrific posts and thoughtful comments, I feel as though I know many of you although we've never met in person. One of my goals with SDP was to improve my photography. Some days I think that's happened. Other days I don't know what I was thinking when I snapped a picture! My ornithological knowledge definitely has increased as I try to figure out what the birds are that I'm shooting. Without SDP, I never would have had the fantastic experience of documenting Henry and Henrietta and their family (a SDP follower tipped me off to their nest) or the bald eagle family. Thanks to everyone who visits SDP and comments. I wish I could post every day, but unfortunately, Sarasota daily life gets in the way. I've read about some CDP bloggers who quit posting because they become overwhelmed with trying to continually find good photo opps and write about them. I don't want SDP, which I started as a fun hobby, to turn into a chore. The content ultimately would suffer. So, if you don't see a post for a few days or don't see me commenting in awhile, please know I haven't disappeared for long. Happy blogging!