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!