"Ahhh!!! The bliss of solitude"
Three's a crowd??? Love the way they seem to be saying "Look there!!" :)
They say, "Good things come to those who bait!"
We are back from our trip to Key West and this time, the trip was more about enjoying the relaxed, unpretentious vibe of the island than exploring the place. It was warmer than expected at this time of the year but the friend from Michigan appreciated the dose of Florida sunshine while we totally, absolutely loved his company :)
The color scheme in Miami is Crayola! As the afore-mentioned cousin exclaimed "Ostentatious!!!" in his impeccable British accent at the first glimpse of the city, my husband and I could not help but chuckle :) Few minutes around the city and he was agog with child-like enthusiasm, "This is exactly how you see Miami in movies!!!" he spluttered as we drove him around Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. He was totally amused by the whimsical Art Deco buildings. It's fun to act like tourist guides for family and friends....and now we have a friend down from Michigan for Thanksgiving holidays whom we get to show around Southern Florida. Off we go to Miami and Key West again.....I feel like a Key West veteran already...this is my third trip there within a year's time!!!!!!!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, all !!!! :)
This summer, my husband's journalist cousin was down from UK to soak in the Florida sun. An avid reader of the award-winning works of Miami Herald's Carl Hiaasen on South Florida's unchecked development and its effects on Everglades' ecosystem, he insisted we take him to Lake Okeechobee. This summer was one of the driest here and Lake showed the damage done by the intense summer and insatiable greed of man. The second largest fresh water lake in the country showed one of the record low water levels while I am assuming that grass on golf courses glistened. An embarrassment of riches??? It was on our way back from lake, when we met this red head. I was busy admiring her till her partner came towards me in what was clearly an aggressive stance, almost screaming, "leave us alone, will ya?".......I captured them on my lens and scooted :)
Update: The red heads are sandhill cranes.
Yet another leaf-y post, you'd say! But fall colors are such a rarity in these parts that when I got a chance to click these happy-hued leaves on our jaunt to Washington, I almost went berserk with delight. They were the most colorful locals I came across on grey, moody days we spent there. I would love to see sunlight filtering through them some day but for now I am happy with just these......happiness in small measures!!!! :)
This is certainly not your Florida-scape!!! So where do you think I am currently?? :) This was my first glimpse of the region as we "cascaded" down into the city last afternoon. This is gonna be a cinch but let's play along a little....the city named after an Indian chief is in a state named after yet another great persona from the history.........Hail the chiefs!!! And no, it's not the most caffeinated US city ;DDD
As temperatures come down, sunsets seem to get intense. Today was one of those days: a slight nip in the air and we had to head seawards to catch the sunset. It was about time we hit the beach anyways, considering that we have been cooped inside for too long. As you can see, we were not disappointed. The sun on its way out created such fiery reflections in the waters and the skies that almost everyone stopped and watched as sea slowly consumed the glowing ball.
Care for a plastic Calla, anyone??? :) It's been great weather in these parts of Florida these days and now that most of the deadlines have been taken care of, we are busy relishing it.....Hope you all had a great Halloween and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead :)