There has been very little rain for weeks in southwest Florida, so the usual shallow lakes and ponds are drying up. It is almost literally "catching fish in a bathtub" for the local shorebirds.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
I live in an Audubon-certified sanctuary in Naples. Nearly every day I post photographs of birds and other wildlife in a private Facebook group page for members of that community, but it has been a while since I posted a bird photo here.
Here is an osprey that really wanted me to get away from its nest.
Ever been dive-bombed by an osprey? I left.
Here is a great blue heron that has tossed its lunch until it is positioned to be swallowed.
Down the hatch!
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
This new garden is only four-plus years old. In addition to the current exhibition, Zimsculpt, the garden's permanent installation had plenty of interest.
"Yellow Andy" by Jack Dowd.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
I drove up to Punta Gorda to see hundreds of stone sculptures from Zimbabwe at Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. It is a special exhibition -- Zimsculpt -- that closes in three weeks.
"Blossoming" by Stuart Chapenga, sculpted from dolomite.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
Saint Katherine has hosted a Greek festival most years, but the last two years, the festivals have not been held. That is too bad. I have gone most years that I have been in Naples.
Driving past a few days ago with rich blue skies and puffy clouds, I saw Saint Katherine sitting there.
So, I turned in.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
So long as I have returned to my day trip to Sarasota last week, here are three images I liked on the five minute walk between Marie Selby Botanical Garden and Bayfront Park.
There were loads of pelicans, also paid to entertain passers-by.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
I forgot to mention that when I visited Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota last week, I parked just off the colorfully-named South Pineapple Avenue, where we had a great lunch at the Fountain Kitchen and Wine Bar. Along the sidewalk there were chalk portraits, and on some walls there were murals.
It says Escalera After Lanfredi. Lori Escalera is one of the chalk artists and Simone Lanfredi is another. Don't know who is pictured and who did it. ???
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Yesterday Naples Art opened a new exhibition, titled "Toulouse-Lautrec: Master of the Belle Epoque." Drawings, water colors, lithographs, his famous posters and even an original lithograph stone are part of the 150-work curated mix. I went to the opening party Friday evening. A friend is on the board.
We have all seen Lautrec posters. Fun to see his drawings.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Friday, March 18, 2022
Bayfront Park is a short walk from Marie Selby Botanical Garden. At present the park has a nice exhibition of large art boards with social justice themes. Many of the artists are high school students.