Sunset Magic

A couple of days ago my friends–April & Wayne–and I were at Fort Myers Beach to listen to one of Wayne’s favorite bands at the Holiday Inn, which is situated on the beach.  Being a local, he knows where to go!  Of course, we had to witness Earth’s daily wondrous display of beauty…the sunset!

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When looking back at this photo…we don’t recall what we saw…but liked the photo…

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April and I both like to do handstands, cartwheels, and generally just act like kids…so we rushed out in the sand and Wayne started snapping…

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We both really liked this photo…it’s quite funny with all of the legs flailing around…

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This one has a frenzied motion appeal…

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Now we’re to the calmer…controlled stances…

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We want this for everyone!

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After all of that fun…we danced for a while!

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It’s fun to engage the crowd!  April pulled these gentlemen up to dance and they were quite surprised and good dancers!

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I’m leaving Florida today to drive back to Cincinnati and will arrive tomorrow evening.  Just in time to put up my Christmas tree, do a little shopping, baking, attend events and get used to the chill!

I had a great six-week road trip and loved meeting all of the new people, seeing new sights, and experiencing new activities!  I’m very grateful and also grateful for all of you!! 🙂

Beach Magic

Yesterday, April and I had a great day at the Fort Myers Beach!  While I was taking a dip in the ocean, I looked up at April and she looked as big as the buildings.  It reminded me of the movie that Darrel Hannah was in where she was a giant.  It also got me to thinking of how that applies to life and people–how everyone’s perspective is unique to them–shaped by events and people in their lives.

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While taking a walk along the beach (which is on my left), I thought this scene of houses and a bit of inlet water was quite pretty.

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On our walk, there were plenty of shells to examine and decide which ones were keepers.  Here’s April on the hunt…

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She found this nice spiral…

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I love how the water sparkles like diamonds when the sun hits it, so I asked April to make some magic….

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There is magic all around us if we open our eyes!

26th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship at Fort Myers Beach

This year’s Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Championship was amazing!  I’ve never attended a competition and it was exciting to see them up close.  Their site online said it started at 9:00am…so I arrived there about 8:45am…wanting to get early morning light for good photos.  Once there I found out it didn’t start until 10:00am…so I had an English muffin at the Holiday Inn (where the competition was) and took a walk on the beach…

There was a fence with black netting around the sculptures so you couldn’t see them…until you paid the $5.00 entrance fee.  Since I’m tall…I snuck one…

I was the first one through the entrance and was able to get some photos without people in them…

The event is for 10 days and began on Friday the 16th.  The judging took place on the 18th and I attended on Monday, the 19th.

This is the sculpture that won…

Although I really liked that one, it wasn’t my favorite.

I met one of the sculptors and he informed me that the theme was winter wonderland, so I’m surprised they awarded first place to one that wasn’t within that theme.

Love this one…

This is my second favorite…I think the detail is amazing!

Jack Frost was my favorite!  The eyes look so real…I love everything about it!

This is Bill (one of the competitors).  He’s on the road a lot for competitions, and home is Montana.

This is a partial view of one of Rod Green’s chain saw wood carvings.  I lucked out with the position of the fish and the sun.  Twice a day he makes a sculpture for the audience.

Here’s Rod at work…

This one took about 30 minutes to make.  Very cool!!

I had packed a sandwich that was in the car for lunch…so I ate that while I drove the 30 minutes to my condo.  I took an afternoon jog and had salad for dinner.  See you tomorrow for the sunset at the Yacht Club that’s less than 10 minutes away!