Today Sarah and I were on our way back home (from town) and stopped on the causeway for a while to watch the kite boarders. As the wind picked up, more and more kite boarders showed up. Eventually, the wind was a sustained 20 mph (giver or take), and we were truly amazed at […]
This morning, Sarah and I walked from (Sanibel) Beach Access 7, to Bowman’s Beach. As stated in previous posts, this walk is one of our favorites, and today’s was the nicest YET. The temperature and breeze were a perfect compliment to the clarity and color of the water. The shell piles were plentiful […]
Looking a little mean out there this evening!
I was working on a writing project (on the back screened-in porch) when I had to stop and admire this gecko for a while. When I shot this video, he had eaten 5 moths, and at least 3-4 flying ants. I was amazed at how much this critter could eat!
Earlier today we had a surprisingly strong storm with tropical storm winds. I was outside at the time and caught a video.
The beach above is between access 7 and Bowman’s beach. Sarah and I have walked to Bowman’s a few times, and every time, we find excellent shells and enjoy a special (and somewhat rare) feeling of isolation. We call this area “lost beach”.
This photo was taken on September 1, 2013. To the Islanders, September means quiet. Even on this Labor Day weekend, as you can see in this picture, you won’t find many people on the West Gulf beaches.
Behind the house there is an area that is very low, and contains tidal water movement from Pine Island Sound. At the edge of this area (nearest my home) live the fiddler crabs seen in the video below. Now . . . quite often, I travel “out back” and even when I really sneak . […]
Kim, we still can’t thank you enough!!! The following interview was written by Kim Groll Scornavacco . . . a Sanibel/Captiva visitor, (very) talented writer, and SANCAPSTAR! Please click the link below to view her blog about our story in this world! http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com/2013/08/sanibel-captiva-handbook-author-jb.html Thank you so much for viewing!!! The Reynolds
Thank you to Kim Groll Scornavacco, who wrote such a flattering review on our book, The Sanibel Captiva Handbook. Please visit her blog http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com! Kim is a fantastic writer, and her blog is top notch! Getting off the beaten path for a while is soothing to the soul – we love those who live and […]
Anybody who frequents our beaches has seen shell displays on, or near the beaches without an owner . . . no guardian, gatherer, or arranger (artist). Artist and audience separated . . . forever. We have a name for the arrangements “left behind” – “PSD(s)” (public shell display(s)). PSDs are awesome! A […]
The Gulf is so peaceful most of the time that I forget the few days in a year year when it is quite ANGRY. This post is dedicated to those “angry” moments. JB
We took a walk on the beach around access #2 during a super low tide. I was walking along the shore, right up where the surf comes in, just looking around at the sand…you know…shelling…when I suddenly saw a flurry of movement in the sand. It took my brain a second to register what I […]
I was at Lowes the other day and could not help filing through this display. Do you see the spiny jewel box? In all honesty, there is a shell identification guide for sale on the Islands that lists this shell as a “good find” indicating that it is of medium difficulty to find. JB […]
Today I revisited “Punky” (the fearless lizard from yesterday’s post). She arrived at the same tree, around the same time, and watched me – watch her. I attempted to feed her a mosquito I caught (have video of that for another post), which she denied. Ok, maybe she wasn’t hungry . . . I tried. […]
I took my camera into the backyard this afternoon in the hopes of filming the fiddler crabs “waving” routine (my home boarders federal refuge land). While setting up my shot, I became sidetracked by a female brown anole (a common lizard) who was just hilarious. This led me to the discovery of two land snails […]
On Thursday, we had our annual 4th of July party of the “Sanibel” causeway. This has been a tradition of ours for years, for the bay waters offer a little something for everyone. Although the presence of Lee County was thick, and when upon the beach I felt much like a visitor, the water temperature […]