It was a quiet evening leaving my sister’s house last Friday night. As I came to the end of her street I noticed something in the road. Yup, I was already familiar with this sighting and knew right away that it was an owl standing in the middle of the road. This happened to me a few years ago! I couldn’t believe it was happening again! He wasn’t afraid of me and I just sat in my car in silence and complete awe. Something moved that he was eyeing so he eventually took off but not too far so I followed him and parked my car. Exiting quietly, I approached the tree he decided to land in and I got a glimpse of part of his beautiful face. There were a few special moments that he looked down right at me and we made a sweet connection. I was not taking photographs at that point as you can imagine.
I have this affinity with animals. Everyone in my office knows it and I receive numerous texts and photos from friends and family as they come across or in contact with animals. Last Friday evening on the eve of the blue moon, I was driving home and came upon a barred owl standing in the middle of the road. This is the second time this has happened to me in my lifetime and I love it! We looked at each other for a while without any other traffic interrupting our close encounter. He decided to fly off and up into a tree not far from me so I followed him as he settled in on a sturdy branch on the edge of the almost full moon. What a night!
1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952
2. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Benner by Arnold Bennett, Copyright not listed
3. The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Reverend Charles Kingsley, Copyright, 1885
4. Religious Denominations of the World by Vincent L. Milner, Copyright, 1872
5. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952. Correct, two versions same year published. Books are completely different designs and sizes. Both are beautiful.
6. Der Alte Mann Und Das Meer Und Andere Meisterwerke, Copyright not listed
7. Hunting Big Game in the Wilds of Africa Containing Thrilling Adventures of the Famous Roosevelt Expedition, Copyright not listed. This was a gift as most of them are and the thrilling adventures is what speaks to me here not the actual hunting.
8. The White House Cookbook by Mrs. F. L. Gillette, Copyright 1887. This is by far the favorite in my collection. Cooking is a special time for me and something I truly love to do. The pages in this beauty are stained from cooking centuries ago it makes me wonder who the chef was and who the special guests were and what the conversation might have been about. The paper the book was printed on is so different than what most books are printed on today. The details that begin and end each chapter are just timeless. A dear friend gifted this absolute treasure to me unexpectedly and included one of the most endearing cards that reads, “You are just as graceful and noble as the wives of our presidents…who have graced The White House. Enjoy!” Love, Laura
Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force. Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years. You can see how tired he is from all his training err I mean Halloween trick and treating! This Yoda’s favorite holiday!
Oh Oregon…what a wonderland you are on the Pacific Coast. You make my heart sing and my body jump for joy. Your true beauty takes my breath away.
Isn’t it just lovely when you end the day with some private time alone listening to your favorite tunes as you walk your favorite stroll and fish jump all around you as you go? Just an added bonus when you can also capture photographs as beauty ascends upon you. What a life this is.
May-August is the peak of the tarpon season in southwest Florida and the time of year you start seeing pods of tarpon rolling. These gorgeous, large, silver fish travel in groups of between 30-100 to go offshore to spawn. They’re fun to watch but even better to fish!
I used to run the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter in Sarasota and held an annual Mercury Red-Bone Fishing Tournament out of Palm Island with the lovely chairwoman, Jill Beckstead. The winning angler our last year of the tournament was her former husband, Dean Beckstead owner of Useppa Island, and fishing guide, Rhett Morris of Beyond Borders Outfitters Fishing Charters out of Punta Gorda. I have always loved the sport of fishing thanks to my Dad but after this tournament and learning all about the tarpon and the season, I was hooked to say the least.
Captain Rhett Morris offered to take me out for a chance to experience this special time of year for myself right after our Red-Bone tournament ended. It was a Wednesday evening and we went out to the Boca Grande Pass. At first, there were a bunch of boats out there. Once we settled in and landed our first catch which took approximately an hour to get to the boat, we ended up being one of only three boats remaining. Rhett asked if I was ready to catch more and I had to decline even though there were more tarpon pods than one could shake a stick at, I was exhausted and just didn’t have it in me. They say it generally takes approximately 30 minutes to bring a tarpon in after it jumps, fights, challenges and exhausts itself. For me it was an hour and I was the one who got exhausted. It was such a thrill. I try to get out there annually to catch more. My Dad also can’t stand that his daughter has one under her belt and he doesn’t so really my quest is for him to catch one.
This year I went to Facebook and socially asked for recommendations on guides in Cortez. A friend of mine whom fishes often suggested Jason Stock of JM Snooky Charters. He was serious about his fishing, extremely experienced and good with people. And yes, we had two tarpon interactions. One got to the boat while the other got away! Jason did say for the one I lost that it was a 150 pounder as it took my bait, jumped out of the water, flew across the sky and said see ya later as he spit my hook out! I was so thankful I had witnesses to see for themselves the giant beauty flying through the air before it disappeared back into the Gulf waters. What a blast. Tarpon season is one special time and provides memories for a lifetime. We’re already discussing plans for next year!
I sent Jason my photograph and he had some fun with it: Check it out here. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUAaLdoA07D/
Just a nice Saturday gondola ride down Phillippi Creek. That’s amore.
Hope this slows you down and you take a deep breath to enjoy such stillness.