Sunday, February 5, 2012

From the sea to the sky, and places in between.

 We went to SGI last week, I'd heard about an organic farm stand over there and wanted to go and see what he was selling.   Got there a little early, so went for a walk on the beach.  It's hard not to, walk on the beach that is, when you have a chance to.   We got down to the beach and as far as we could see it looked as if there had been a lot of plastic bottles blown up on the sand.   I was so disgusted.   Walked a little closer and the random bits of blue we saw, weren't plastic bottles after all.  They were something else entirely.   So we called the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea and asked them what we were looking at.   We also shot them a picture via a camera phone (ya gotta love modern technology).    They told us we were looking at Portuguese Man of War Jellyfish.   They also said to not handle them.  Gee, I  never touch anything like that anyway, not without knowing what it is.   I took lots of pictures, figured this was as close to them as I wanted to ever get.   Luckily there aren't a lot of people on the beaches this time of year, but we shared our information with the few we did see.

 As you can see there weren't a whole lot of people running up and down the beaches.   Just the odd bird. 

On the way home we stopped to see a friend, and the Camellia bush was spectacular so I had to take a couple pictures of that as well.

Let me leave you with a picture of some birds hanging out on the rigging on a shrimp boat.

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