Another hot, sticky, humid SW Florida summer is slowly winding down
Here’s a post that is a bit off my beaten path, but I need a wee break from all the minutiae that comes with putting together some of these detailed family-history-related stories. A lighthearted post seems to be in order. Along with the backyard wildlife post I did not too long ago, here’s another post containing a little glimpse of summertime life in SW Florida.
Thankfully, September is the time of year when we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel: cooler weather (mid- to low-80’s) is on its way. Another six weeks and we should be home-free, at least until the end of April ’14. Florida definitely has its seasons, as anyone who lives here year-round can attest. I used to despise the summer months, but after living here for more than a decade—as hot, humid, and wet as the summers are–much can be said in their favor. They coincide with emptier beaches, less-trafficked roadways, fewer competitors for seats in local restaurants, magnificent cloud formations, dramatic thunderstorms, and lush green landscapes. You just learn to take things slow, avoid the hottest parts of the day, wear plenty of sunscreen, and always have a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella on hand. Thought I would share a few summer scenes, some with a bit of historical context… others just because.
Summer sunsets in SW Florida can be spectacular; was driving down this road at sunset and had to stop for a photo (it looks Photoshopped, but it wasn’t).
The frangipani in bloom
They came, they saw, they ate… Some ibises flew into the neighborhood one afternoon this summer
Finally, after two years, a pineapple emerged!
Snook season reopened on Sept 1 after 3+ years of catch & release only. Keepers must be between 28-33 inches, and the limit is 1 per day per person.
Bunkbeds–and there’s room for more
A baby woodpecker explores beneath some frangipani leaves
For some reason, part of the silk floss tree decided to bloom this summer.
Historic Ted Smallwood’s Store on Chokoloskee Island, south of Everglades City—no AC or mosquito spraying back then! The island has the highest elevations in SW FL due to the fact that the Calusa Indians created shell mounds here (for their living structures and as a way of disposing of their ‘trash’).
View out the back of the Smallwood Store–nothing but water and the Ten Thousand Islands for as far as the eye can see
Ted Smallwood Store interior; thank heavens for fans!!! It’s steamy here in the summer.
Drove by our waterfront Everglades City ‘dream cottage’, all boarded up for the summer. It’s for sale! A mere $875K. Time to play Powerball!
A peaceful Naples beach close to sunset
Pileated woodpecker on a walkabout
Biggest moth I’ve ever seen!
I think the look in his eyes says “Go away—please!”
Captiva Island’s Bubble Room Restaurant was fairly empty; in ‘season’ it’s bursting at the seams.
Chapel by the Sea, Captiva Island
Historic Captiva cemetery
Mr. Bunny was a frequent visitor… I thought he was cute until he started eating all my newly planted lantana flowers.
Everyone’s looking for something…
Baby mockingbird in a bush outside the window. Mom brought it tasty treats all day.
Lubbers, lubbers, everywhere…
Young mockingbirds foraging on the ground outside the house, around sundown.
Turtle finding a nesting spot
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve — before a storm
Pileated woodpecker in the woods behind the house
Fakahatchee ficus refused to give up this section of a wall!
Biggest crow I’ve ever seen… not sure what he’s been eating!
Clouds gather on the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve