Monthly Archives: December 2016

SW Florida Beaches

SW Florida Beaches are what brings many of the visitors to Naples, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. The blue-green tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico and  white sandy beaches attracts thousands of winter weary northerners every year.

SW Florida Beaches often rank in the top ten in the nation by travel magazines, Some of them include Lovers Key State Beach, Wiggins State Park, Naples Beach, Barefoot Beach, Clam Pass Park, Bowmans Beach, Sanibel Beach and Captiva Beach.

One of the favorite pastimes of beachgoers is shell collecting besides walking along the pristine white sandy shorelines and looking at the thousands of shells that wash up on the beach every day. Some of the shells include the Horse Conch, Lightning Whelk, Junonia, Lettered Olive, Angel Wing and Lions Paw to name a few. If you visit Sanibel Island, there is a famous shell museum called Bailey-Mathews National Shell Museum, www.baileymatthews.org  The museum has a collection of shells from all over the world, a live touch tank and guided walking tours of nearby beaches.

Another good website to visit for information on beaches of Lee County is “The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel”. Click on one of the photos above for a larger image.

Great White Egret

Great White Egrets are tall white birds that have an impressive wingspan and live mainly near wetlands of the U. S.  The Great White Egret hunts for its food, usually a diet consisting of fish, frogs and small marine life by wading through shallow water basins and grabbing or stabbing its prey with it sharp bill.

The White Egret is the national symbol of the Audubon Society which helped birds of  all kinds from becoming extinct by lobbying Congress and protecting them from hunters. Their white feathers were once a prized adornment for hats in the late 1800’s.

The birds shown above were photographed in a neighborhood  in Ft. Myers, Fla. and at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve on Sanibel Island.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Egret/lifehistory

Visit the website above for more information about the Great White Egret. Click on one of the pictures for larger images.