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Eyes Wide Open – Week #26

Good Saturday morning! I hope you all had an enjoyable week. Here are some of my iPhone photos taken while I was out and about people and nature watching. It’s amazing what you see when you have your eyes wide open.

Enjoy your day!

This cool looking Chameleon was in the pet store
Pretty climbing roses still in full bloom
I saw this beautiful hawk and wished I had my Nikkon camera
with me! Oh well, another time
Oh how I love shopping at Trader Joe's for their sense of fun.
This little stuffed Manatee in a sailboat was on display above
the cold shelves
Now this guy was all alone just twirling his giant baton in the park.
I hope he had a good reason
The lone fisherman

Eyes Wide Open – Week #24

Good Saturday morning!  I hope you have enjoyed your
week.  The weather was as little crazy here in Florida,
a little chilly for December, and a lot of rain too.  On Thursday
there was even a Tornado that swept through a community just
north of here. Yikes!

Anyway, here are some photos that I took on my iPhone when
the weather was favorable.  Hope you enjoy them.
Have a great day!
A beautiful Florida sunset was a lovely sight this week
This isn't a UFO!  It was a spider on her web clutching some kind
of crustacean that was bigger than she was!  It was just above

my head
An assortment of Ibis and Herons sitting on the mangroves
My dog Grace looking very interested in the wading Heron
Buddha contemplating among the Bamboo trees
This house has been empty for some time (someone's second home)
however, I can't help thinking those Buzzards that are usually
perched there, aren't exactly helping the realtor trying to sell it

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Eyes Wide Open – Week #21

Good Saturday morning!

It was an unusual week and I wasn’t able to get as many photos as I’d hoped so I have cheated a little and included two from a vacation to Ireland a couple of months ago.  I was so lucky that I got to take a lesson in Falconry, which is something I have always wanted to do.  It was amazing to walk through the woods with this beautiful hawk on my wrist and she would take off for a while and then return to me once I popped a mouse head in my glove!  Lovely!

All photos were taken on my iPhone

Here she is, just landed

What a beauty she is!

Now, back in Florida, this little Heron is less scary

I captured this pretty sky with a Pelican in flight.  Lucky shot!

This is Grace looking rather superior sitting in the warm sun

While walking Grace we spotted another turtle managing to camouflage himself in the woods


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Eyes Wide Open – Week #19


Good morning!

We had a much cooler week with temps in the low 80s and yesterday we had a cold snap and it dropped below 70! Brrrr!  I checked out the beach and was happy to see the Red Tide had finally gone and there were no more sad remnants of sea life scattered on the shore.  It certainly hurt tourism this summer when most Europeans like to visit. Thankfully everything is pristine again and ready for this coming winter season and the return of the northern snowbirds.

Enjoy your Saturday!


One of the Lifeguard huts on Siesta Beach

A couple of sailboats heading out from the bay

Siesta Key Beach and it’s pretty white quartz sand

The Gulf looking chilly (to me anyway!)

I don’t know what you call these things but they always make me smile!

We have an English Tea Shop here and they have a cutout of the Queen

welcoming everyone.  I love it!


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Eyes Wide Open – Week #17

Good Saturday morning!

The weather this week was amazing.  Late October, early November and the temperatures were in the mid 80s during the day and 70s at night.  Finally the humidity has gone and we are enjoying Florida outdoors.

This week I went to the park on the Bayfront to see what was happening.  As you can see from the photos it was a glorious day.

Enjoy your Saturday!


An interesting sculpture

A nautical distance marker on the walking trail

Part of the dolphin fountain

Not a cloud in sight and the skyline reflected in the water 

This guy saw me photographing him and offered to do a few more moves.

What was I going to say? No?

Some tourists taking a Segway Tour

Bougainvillea climbing the entrance gate. So colorful


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Eyes Wide Open – Week #15

Good Morning!

Just when I thought the temperatures were finally dropping, they spiked again with help from the heat index.  I cut back on my running because I just couldn’t do it for very long this week and enjoyed some walking instead. Even on the coast we were at 99 degrees and these very high Fall temperatures were draining.  The following photos were taken on an iPhone.

Hope you enjoy your Saturday!

Even on the coast we were at 99 degrees. Some pretty high Fall temperatures

I wish I was going with them … it looks cooler!

I saw several trees like this, all in blossom.

I’m not sure what it is so I’ll check it out. Does anyone know?

Some large yard art.  Pretty horses.

This little guy was all on his own

Pretty shot with the building reflecting perfectly in the water

These heat tolerant plants were beautifully blooming



Eyes Wide Open – Week 13

Thank goodness the temperature dropped below the 90 degree mark this week, which made running more of a pleasure than a chore!  I managed to catch a few interesting things on my iPhone and hope you enjoy them. They inspired me and perhaps they will do the same for you.

Have a great Saturday!

This sculpture is outside the Museum of Whimsy.  Great fun inside!

Some Ibis joined me at a favorite resting spot by the water

This butterfly was quite happy sitting on this horse statue

Bananas will soon be ripe for the picking!

Pretty day at the marina

Free Key Limes!  Yeah!

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Eyes Wide Open – Week 12

Eyes Wide Open

I had some interesting finds for this week’s Eyes Wide Open.  I hope you enjoy these photos taken with my iPhone.

Have a great Saturday!


A beautiful gate to an equally beautiful property

Pretty Dog Sculpture

Another gate, but to where?

A lovely place to run.  I am very lucky!

I found this thoughtful sign on the nature trail in a local park.

There is even a delightful poem about a tree!

Just one of this week’s wild and beautiful sunsets

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Take a Seat

Recently I have been quite taken with different benches and possible seating areas that I have come across.  I have been photographing them thinking I might like to share them sometime, and today I came across a photo challenge called “Pull up a Seat”  How about that!  These photos are in response to XingfuMama Challenge 


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