Amelia SanJon Gallery
Amelia Island Artists
218A Ash Street., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-491-8040, 904-557-1195 cell
Island Artists Workshop (for workshop schedules)
heads toward Fall but not much has changed as the temperatures have
remained warmer than usual in the low 90's for most days. Rain
has proved to be very adequate, not a happy thing for tourists but good
for shop owners. The showers have been great for flowers
growing in my backyard...I have given up on
growing edible vegetables.
sunrise continues to appear later with my morning rides starting bit
later as I don't try for 7am timetable for arrival in the park
but aim more toward 7:15 to 7:30, especially on days off from work I
can enjoy the more relaxed schedule. The sun hits the side
of the shrimp boat making it part of the sunrise.
Deer tracks are the only mark on the pale pinkish morning beach.
same colors reflect as the sun briefly hides behind the strip of clouds
radiating across the blue sky. The pier, a boat and me are all
there is to see it.
The dark silloutte of the pier as I pass underneath only serves to contrast with those soft pale colors.
Another nest has emerged during the night. The countdown is nearing the end.
A mass of tracks show that it looks to be a successful exodus.
same colors in the sky are in this shell I find on the beach almost as
if it had reached up and grabbed a handful of those great colors.
It seems as if there has been a lot of submarine activity on the river during my morning rounds this summer.
rain has been so plentiful that tiny frogs make the wildflowers seem to
have a life of their own as I get out to unlock the gate that allows me
access to the park beaches of the mornings. So green and small
that it is impossible to catch one for a photograph.
little boy has loved his brief encounter with pecans which were such a
staple of Lacy's diet. I have been out of them and it is too
early for the pecan trees to be ready to drop their fruits. Even
have been hard to come by with the season still too early and them.
The large numbers remaining from last years crop are all bad.
My beloved Farmers Market got moved to
the South end of the island no longer making it accessible for me to
stop by on my
way to work. My pecan suppliers, Tommy and Jane, were also out of
them the last time I checked with them and now they they are no longer
available to me. We loved having his pecans.. Our new downtown
farmer's market is doing well though I hear. (I haven't stopped
by to check although I did send over for fresh tomatoes today).
is not the friendly squirrel of before after her summer experience with
the big bad bugs who got under her skin. But she does still come
in for her snacks almost daily. Mostly to find nuts to hide
outside. When I ran out of pecans she would still find them
inside the house. She would come in and disappear then after a
good bit of time she would appear with a pecan she had hidden when she
lived inside, from who knows where, and then be gone. I guess
have a memory because I thought I had already found them all.
four were tracking toward the water but one who was obviously not the
sharpest knife in the drawer was determined to go the wrong way.
Sometimes we know why they are still left in the nest.
Once his course is corrected he seems to be OK.
Now the smell and taste of the water to be his new home.
the camera away you begin to see the smallness of these little guys and
the big vast ocean world into which he is entering after the
tight confines of the nest.
this shark which I think is also a Bonnet Head of the Hammerhead shark
family was a good sized one if they only grow to 5 feet then this one
was over 3 feet. He was safely (and carefully) put back in the water.
park has been filled with these fellows, the (Brown) Palemedes
Swallowtail mostly because the park is also full of the Bay Tree which
is their host plant. I was not familiar with them up in North
Georgia because they don't go that far north. These are
true Southerns. We were fearful when we almost lost our Bay
Trees because of some invasive bug which carried a lethal bacteria.
They are still doing battle with it further south which means it
will probably rear its ugly head back up here as soon as in can spread
north again. The two very cold winters we had before this past
one seems to have gotten rid of the pest here for a while. We
lost a lot of Bay trees but there is lots of new growth now so cross
your fingers these beauties can survive.
with a young squirrel is interesting since they want to be with you all
the time. You just get used to having a squirrel on your
shoulder, crawling around your back or just hanging out with you.
They do lose this once the outdoors gets its hooks in them, even
though they still remember who you are they become less trusting.
new bird was on the beach. I, after consulting with my local
birders, am pretty sure that it is a Reddish Egret.
At first I thought it was a Great Blue Heron but then again it
didn't seem large enough. When I looked at the photos I thought
it must be a Reddish Egret but I have never seen one in this
to take a photo of yourself and your squirrel is not the easiest or
most flattering endeavor. It was pretty good of Peanut though.
kiddos, Lacy and Peanut hang around an although Peanut is pretty
curious about her she spooks and runs away when he approaches. It
is a little unnerving though to have both of them jump on your shoulder
at once, not sure whether a squirrel war will break out or not.
A very pretty sunrise as clouds cover overhead but have a great break near the horizon.
A longer view as I pull the lens back as far as it will to try to capture as much as possible.
Rounding the point onto the ocean beach the scene had changed as a downpour was falling out of
the cloud covering in just one spot. A nice sand castle was in the foreground.
Then another flock of Pelicans add some more drama to the scene.
The Sea Oat heads are starting to shed their seeds. The ground underneath becomes littered with them.
Another little fellow is ready to hit the water.
ask for a cuter subject as our tail has gotten very bushy and pretty
the better to wrap up in on a cold night. A handsome fellow,
although someone told me he has funny ears. Maybe his daddy was a
hatching from a nest which had been washed over and rained
upon, making a crust over the top which can be deceiving when you
looking for signs of hatching. You don't see it until it actually
Still time for more sunrises in this season.
is Snappy the alligator who my friend, Debra from
Kentucky, visits each
day when she is in town. You have seen him before in my
stories. He is pretty much trapped in a pond next
to a defunct restaurant. When the restaurant was open there was a
wooden ramp so he could leave if he wished. The walls of the pond
are wooden and straight up and down. Now the ramp is gone so
Snappy is the lone gator in the pond along with his frog buddy, lots of
minnows and turtles. I did not
see the frog on his head until I enlarged the picture. Debra took
legs as a treat each day and he would come when she called, knowing he
going to get something special. He has probably been too humanized,
because I often see others down bringing him treats, to be released
into the wild.
Debra is down planning her
wedding for November here on Amelia Island. I am sure Snappy will be
well fed that week as her husband to be, Mike, loves Snappy as much as
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