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Friday, July 2, 2010

Fabulous Florida...and Beyond



This is one of my favorite photos from our recent trip: a Sarasota sunset. A place so beautiful along the Gulf that I was tempted to frame every photo I snapped of it. I can't tell you how much I'm hoping that the oil spill can be contained before it reaches this gorgeous area...

On our way to visit there, we stopped at Mammouth Caves, where I'm VERY happy to say that we DIDN'T see the bats that the ranger threatened, I mean, mentioned might be inside. My son, however, was quite disappointed. (I'll admit, it was a pretty cool two-hour tour into the underground depths, but I was happy to be back in the sunlight again.)

Somewhere in Charleston, SC we made a new friend. My son named him "Mr. Gray," and he did not seem to mind at all our nearness or our interest in photographing him. Much like a wannabe model on "Project Runway," he seemed rather used to it--LOL.

We also visited the famous fort at St. Augustine. LOVED the view of those swaying palm trees. The Midwesterner in me is always awed by such sites.

And, finally, the Siesta Key coastline during the heat of the day. Look at that white sand!! That breathtakingly blue water!! Sigh... It was great to visit.

However, we are now home and--at 9am--I did a drawing for the winner of the Friday Mornings at Nine ARC. Congrats to Edie Ramer!! Please email me your address so I can mail it out to you next week ;).

To my Canadian friends, hope you all had a fabulous Canada Day yesterday! To those friends in the States, wishing you an awesome 4th of July! And to everyone, everywhere, may you all have a wonderful weekend!

12 comments:

Edie Ramer said...

OMG!!!! I am so excited. Thank you!

Your photos are great! I'm glad you had such a good time.

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks, Edie!! I really, really hope you'll like it ;). xo

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Marilyn, great photos! Ahhh, for white sand beaches. :)

Happy 4th of July!!

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing pictures, Marilyn! I want to be on that beach right now! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July! (hugs)

Marilyn Brant said...

Nancy, that sand was *seriously* white!! So lovely... Happy 4th to you, too!

Robin, hugs and Happy 4th wishes back to you ;). Have a great long (watermelon-filled) weekend!

Judy Croome said...

Marilyn, what great photos. I LOVE squirrels, they are so cute! And the Mammoth caves also looked lovely ( bats are cute too, have you ever seen a little bat close up - very cute with the little vampire teeth sticking out) The sun over the sea was also stunning. Glad you had a marvellous vacation.
Judy

Tonya Kappes said...

MARILYN!!! You were in my neck of the woods! We live a couple hours from Mammoth Cave in Ky. PLUS we were in Madeira Beach Florida which is about 45 minutes from Sarasota. We love the beach there so much, we bought a condo about five years ago. It is so beautiful and no OIL!

I'm glad you had a fab trip. I actually did too and being with family makes it that much more special.

PamelaCayne said...

What a wonderful trip-how awesome! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us, and congrats to Edie!

Happy Holiday weekend to you, too!

Brittany Roshelle said...

Wow! What a wonderful vacation!! The photos look amazing!

Marilyn Brant said...

Judy, thank you! I love that you sing the praises of "very cute" bats--LOL! I'm still not quite a believer but I smiled at your attempt to convince me ;).

Tonya, glad to hear you had such a good trip as well!! Gorgeous, those FL beaches...

Pamela, thanks!!! It is very good to be home, too :-).

Brittany, I'm so glad you liked them! I'm not a skilled photographer at all, but those sunsets made me feel like one!

Tonya Kappes said...

Great Summer Newsletter!!!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks, Tonya!!! I'm thrilled you like it ;).