Monday, July 27, 2009

Naval Live Oaks

A morning walk in the Naval Live Oaks Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. First, a tree that was cut and left along the waterline is surounded by drying sea grass. Then, a flowering shrub in the sand with the Bob Sikes Bridge and Pensacola beach in the distance.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Palm Tree Frog

A little evening rain really brings out the tree frogs - one of Margaret's favorite subjects. This one is almost the exact color of the saw palmetto he claimed as his own.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hiding in plain sight

These utility lights overlooking the baseball fields at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center are home to a pair of Osprey (look closely on top of the righthand set of lights). Walking through the park on a quiet afternoon, one can hear the chicks chirping as they are fed. These large raptors eat fish almost exclusively, usually mate for life, and obviously adapt well to urban settings.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blue Angels Weekend

Thousands of visitors are visiting in and driving through town today for the annual Blue Angels air show out at Pensacola Beach. Below, swimmers enjoy the waters of Santa Rosa Sound from Gulf Breeze's Shoreline Park Pier (a good alternate viewing site) while waiting for the show to start. Pensacola Beach is in the distance, with the Gulf of Mexico beyond it.

Home of the Dolphins

We're back after a 2-week break from the blog!

Margaret took this photo of one of the numerous artistic installations at Gulf Breeze's schools. This painted tile mural outside the entrance to Gulf Breeze Middle School celebrates our mascot - the Dolphins - and our award-winning middle school band.