Memorial Day Weekend!

Beautiful blue skies and high temps ushered in Memorial Day weekend on Sanibel Island this year.  Remembering all those who have served this great country, especially those who have given their lives.

We started out the morning with a visit from a small gator in the lake behind our home.  My husband saw two gators and came to tell me to bring the camera.  But, this guy was the only one that hung around for a photo op. 

I believe this is one of the young osprey that has flown the nest.  His eyes appear to still be a little orange.

The next two photos captured a cloud of some sort of insect.  I have no idea what they were, but the sun hit them just right to capture the photo.  It was sort of mesmerizing watching them swirl around. 

We took a nice long walk on the beach this morning.  I'm sure it became much more crowded as the day went on, but it was nice and quiet for our walk.  The water was beautiful and we found lots of live shells and also several without critters in them to bring home!

This pen shell had a sponge attached to it.  I thought it was interesting!

I almost always come home from the beach with at least one bird pic!  This Snowy Egret was fishing in the shade of a big tree at the water's edge.

I love the blues and greens of the water.