Amelia Island holly

Amelia Island holly
Amelia sand dune

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Songs of Amelia

The song of the sea is not the only song heard by those of us living on the Island of Amelia.
There is an abundance of birdsong filling the air.  Recently, in my Internet wanderings, I came upon The Fernandia Observer  an online publication sharing Island news.  
This video is from that publication and was taken by Bailey Strauss.  It is simply beautiful.  We have a bird bath, but no feeder in our back yard as it brings unwanted guests: namely peacocks who live nearby. I have never seen a Painted Bunting or an Indigo or Blue Grosbeak. 
But, as they are nearby, who knows…one of these days.

The quiet, still art of birdwatching, or watching the sea ebb and flow,
the art of living on an Island.

Friday, April 4, 2014


Though we are in Florida, we are way high north, almost in Georgia.  They say you have to go this far north in Florida to find Southern culture!

Thus, we have the seasons.  Our winter is mild compared to other parts of the U.S., of course.  Still we had a colder than usual winter season and welcome the warmer weather.  Amelia celebrates by showing off her azalea finery.  This year, probably because of the cold snaps, it is awesome.  Take a look at the treasures in my neighbor's yard.  Ours are a bit slower.  It is like we have it timed.

 The light was captured by my iPad camera at just the right moment.  This is one of my favorites.

If you are reading this from a cold clime, I hope that these
photos remind you that warmth and color are not far off.

I call this my watercolor photo.  Again, the iPad did its own thing and nearly transferred
a sort of watercolor of these flowers, ready for the artist canvas.