Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CRITTERS

Some more photos from our week on Anna Maria Island...



Found this guy on the deck furniture one morning.  He thought he was hiding but I got down and looked under the chair pillows to see him - cute!  







One of my favorite critters at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota - a cuttle fish.  Curious, intelligent little creatures and I love to watch their display as they change colors and patterns in their skin.  






I like the puffer fish, too.  Such big, blue eyes!  They, too, wanted to check me out as I got close to their tanks.












Sweetie got this photo of a little seahorse hiding in the green grass in his tank.  So delicate and otherworldly.  I know most people run for the sharks or dolphins or large, impressive things.  But I like to hang around and watch the small, delicate creatures other pass by - who also seem to be looking back at me.








Sweetie got this photo of the loggerhead sea turtle.  He had a pretty big tank at Mote.  The turtles, manatees, and dolphins they have at Mote are rescue animals - they are not fit to go back into the wild due to injuries or health issues that would make them unable to live without human help.  This was a pretty big guy!



6 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

Beautiful photos, Rhonda!

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Rhonda,
Nice to see you two had an opportunity to escape the "almost winter" storm.
This, and the last post were fun to look at, with all the birds, fish and even dolphins and a turtle.
Thanks for sharing Rhonda. I'm sure these posts brought a much-needed shot of sunshine and warmth to several hundred people, but best of all...to you and Jerry!
Have a safe trip home and Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you both.
Sincerely,
Gary.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh I do love these photos, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Kathryn :)

Gary, yep, we got out of town at the perfect time and Jerry really didn't want to come back. Have a very Happy Holiday Season in paradise!

Glad you like them, Sherry.

laura said...

I was in Sarasota once--I loved Lido Beach: the sand was unbelievably fine.
Great photos, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Hi, Laura; long time no see!! I loved your posting for Christmas - your card was great. I'm used to the east side where the sand varies in color - this sand was fine and white as baby powder :) I like the area and will return - maybe next time I'll take a sketchbook with me. See you in April!!!