Monthly Archives: January 2018

Nature’s fireworks

Before leaving Florida, I saw this beautiful flower growing on some tall bushes. I have no idea what it is and am hoping someone will help me identify it.

One of my first graders a few years ago would name things when she didn’t know what they were. In her honor, I’ll be calling this firework flower until I learn the proper name.


My last night on the gulf coast of Florida provided a magnificent sunset. Looking forward to waking up to my spectacular sunrise in the mountains tomorrow.

Mother Nature is a bit of a show off. 😎☀️🌴

Views over Sarasota

These photos were taken from the Westin rooftop in Sarasota, Florida. There is a 360 view. The rooftop has a great pool on one side and a bar with a variety of seating options on the other 3 sides as you walk around. It was a lovely evening as day faded into night. No matter the lighting, it is a beautiful view.

Fishing at Sunset

Just as the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico, the pelicans glide over the water near the shore. Back and forth they fly, as they swoop like an acrobat when they spot fish below. With precise skill, diving when they spot fish below. I’m not sure if they enjoy their dinner as much as I enjoy watching them. As they sky darkens, they fly away from the beach, returning the next morning for “the catch of the day.”

Dali Museum – a Surreal Experience

Dali is famous for his mustache, the details in his paintings, and his ability to create art that changes based on where the viewer is standing. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida is home to an impressive collection within a beautifully designed building. It’s able to withstand a category 5 hurricane, and that’s not the most striking feature. The pictures in this post give you a taste of our afternoon at the museum.