Arrived late Friday at the Bennett/Cannon condo on Sanibel Island. I had visions of leaving work at 5 PM, and maybe getting a sunset paddle in. Didn't happen. Off at 5:40, an hour to drive the first twenty miles from work past Disney, than driving at the speed limit to save gas until I got to I-4 and I-75, where, surprisingly, has the lowest gas price between Orlando and Fort Myers. $3.49. I arrived on Sanibel Island after 10 PM. Moon light and lighthouse light.
Sunrise had me rising early.
I think I got the best sunrise photos when I put the lens right on the screen.
Saturday was the last day in the condo, Pat, Eileen, and family had to be out by 10 am. I quietly fixed breakfast and was about to leave when Pat told me I needed to try a spread that was part of a dinner prepared by Derek, Tyler and Megan earlier in the week. From the appetizer, I'm sorry I missed the dinner. I then left, but not before putting a small dent in the rear passenger door of the Versa. I saw the big pillar, I saw the post, but did not see the other post. Oh well. I was at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge at 8:15.
I made one stop on the drive from the entrance to the kayak launch site.
I put the camera on the "super vivid setting"
I got the kayak in the water at 8:40.
I continued my general westward direction, along the north side of Sanibel Island.
Lots of osprey. The prior pics are the same pair, I just wanted to post the photos I have of them in different poses.
|Yellow crowned night heron|
I turned around at the observation tower.
The beach was crowded. At least for me. For the first time ever, I did not walk to the fishing pier. My brother and nephews told me they saw, and swam near, lots of manatees earlier in the week.
Stopped at the Observation Tower.
The wind kicked up as a storm moved close by, but did not get us wet. Loaded the yaks, went back to the Shell Island Beach Club.