Monday, August 25, 2014

Num, num, num . . .

The Sedum blossoms were attracting a bunch of insects yesterday that were oblivious to my presence.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Too Little To Eat

These little fellows are between a nickel and quarter in size and inhabit the sugar white sands of the Florida panhandle and Alabama beaches (at least).  They don't seem to live in the water, but in the dry sand above the tide line, although they may be under water too and I just don't know.  They are hard to see against the sand and are quick to scurry back into their little sand tunnels, but the kids love to catch them, put them in a bucket, name them, and then let them go.  This one was Nicki or Nicole or something like that.  I don't know what they really are, but we call them sand crabs, and they are decapods, so I suppose they are members of some crab family.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

52 Photos Project: {Somewhere You Visited}

Bella's challenge this week at 52 Photos Project is {Somewhere You Visited}.  In May we went to Sea World Orlando while visiting my son.  This poor turtle was severely injured years ago by a boat prop and can never be released into the wild.  At least she's alive and doing well at Sea World.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The New Gull

I don't remember seeing these on the beach from my trips years ago, but the last few years there seem to have been more and more of them.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

52 Photos Project: Stairs

Belle's challenge this week for 52 Photos Project is {stairs}.

Columbiana is the county seat of Shelby County Alabama and it's a relatively old little town.  At several locations throughout the city you can find these stone stairs that lead from the street to a vacant lot, obviously remnants of homes that have either burned or been torn down for some reason like general neglect and decay.  Each of these sets of stairs has many stories to tell, I'm sure, and there are a few people around town that might be able to tell them, but they are dying out fast and I don't think anybody is writing them down.  Soon they will be gone.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Creepy Crepe Crawler

Found this beautiful young lady hiding down in the Crepe Myrtle blossom.  I've never seen one like this before.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

52 Photos Project: Summertime Refreshments

I've been at the beach for a few days, thus I'm a little late posting to the current 52 Photos Project: Summertime Refreshments.  Normally I don't drink much water.  Sixty four ounces a day is way out of my realm.  In fact, I get almost all my fluids from coffee, an occasional Diet Coke, and a glass of wine.  Water is for when I'm sweating, so when I'm sitting in the 95 degree heat, and the sand is bouncing the sun back up at me, it's hard to beat a cold bottle of water.  Hard, but maybe not impossible.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Not My Favorite Part, But . ,

 . . a crowded day at the beach is still better than a day at work (as I recall, since I don't work anymore).