February 5, 2018
Sometimes starfish are stranded on the beach when high tide turns. The one that made this print seems to have had a happier fate.
Update, later in the day: See Jessica Winder’s comment for another opinion.
February 3, 2018
When the tide recedes, it does so in little laps of the waves. The action leaves tiny ridges in the sand. I think the pock marks are from burst bubbles of sea foam.
February 2, 2018
When northerners think of palm leaves, they think of them green, and on the tree. They don’t imagine them brown, off the tree, and littering roads and beaches. So I’m happy to bring a little reality to northerners’ romantic notions. Actually, if you’ve looked at this blog a while, you know that I may really like brown palm fronds contorted into interesting shapes on the beach.
February 1, 2018
Raccoon prints add interest to the ripples that formed as the tide receded from the beach at South Lido Park.
January 31, 2018
If you’re a big fan (as I am) of the works of George Bernard Shaw, you may be disappointed in this post. This is what birders call a GBH: Great Blue Heron. This one was trolling the shallows for fish in South Lido Park.
Update On February 6, on the post titled Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, with Bog Lily, I made a confession that I’m now (February 14) copying here. “I have a strange confession to make concerning the blog post called GBH in SLP. On that post I intimated (because for some reason I have thought of George Bernard Shaw whenever I heard “GBH”) that “GBH” was how people referred to George Bernard Shaw. It isn’t! Obviously (even to me, now), George Bernard Shaw is “GBS”! I’m sorry if I confused any of you in my own confusion. I have no idea how that erroneous thought got lodged in my head. Thank my dear husband for setting me straight.” Arghhh.
January 30, 2018
For over a decade this little stump in South Lido Park has fascinated me. In this portrait it seems to be holding out little arms beseeching a hug. Other views of it are here and here and here and here and here and here.
January 29, 2018
Further into the park, a lone white morning-glory blossom stood out brightly in the surrounding greenery.
January 28, 2018
Walking through the parking lot, I saw the morning glories climbing the sabal (cabbage) palm as I approached the main path in South Lido Park. I took these little jewels, struck by slanted morning light, as a good omen for finding more photographs that morning, but the pickings overall turned out to be slim. While looking for a good external link to information about the sabal palm, I learned that the old frond bases—where this morning glory is tethered—are called bootjacks (scroll down that page). To learn another cool thing about sabal palms, click here and scroll down past the second photograph.
January 17, 2017
South Lido Park has a newish bathroom. The floors in it are some kind of terrazzo with imbedded seashells. The sidewalk outside uses seashells in the cement mix.