Amelia SanJon Gallery
218A Ash Street., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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clouds chock full of a summer of amply suppled rain showers I have
with how the reflections from the sky duplicates itself in the
sometimes calm pools water caught in the tidal pools. This one in
particular is often waiting for me with a new slide show.
better this kind of reflection pool,which is constantly changing, than
the concrete versions created by man in the cities, that are very static.
big piece of driftwood has been here all summer. Some days I have
room to ride around the bottom of it, other days the tide is high enough
that I have to ride above it. It is a very interesting piece of beach
sculpture that I have enjoyed being part of my day. Probably it will be gone
by next summer as the shores features are always changing.
The Willets continue to hold their family morning breakfasts strolls along my route.
Sea Turtle nest has hatched during the night leaving the telltale
depression in the sand and little flipper prints showing they actually
did leave the nest. All signs we are always looking to see this
time of the year, when nesting slows down, and the hatching increases.
A very interesting time to have both to look for, hatching and
Brer Fox has been up to his newly learned tricks, raiding another nest or
else raiding the remains of an already excavated nest, which this looks to
Peaceful morning rides are mine to enjoy, especially Monday's when I don't have any other appointments to keep.
of my Black Swallowtails emerge but unlike the Monarchs which are
hesitant to leave the safety of their perch and will ride on our
fingers outside to be released, the Swallowtails are born to fly
without wasting anytime. This is the only one I could actually
get a photograph of before it took to the skies.
creature which is hard to photograph sitting still is this hummingbird,
perched high above me in the top of a large old oak tree. Their
legs are too short to hop around and do much walking, but just fly and
on a branch like a spitball hitting the blackboard. I was
surprised I could even find it after it landed to get it almost in
clouds reflect in the Marina on a still evening as I take the time to
ride down before heading home. Too many beautiful clouds to waste
with just one view when there is a gigantic reflecting pool at the
sunrises are the order of the day, but it won't be long before I can
get it before it as it rises above the horizon with the shorter days of
Only a few Horseshoe Crabs are found in compromising positions these days.
time the fox was only trying for a ghost crabs, a more acceptable form
of food for him. That is how it stumbled on to the Turtle nests,
trying to get to a Ghost Crab which had entered the nest. This
unexpected treasure trove led to a life of crime for Brer Fox of
stealing easy food rather than having to work for a living seeking out
the harder to catch Ghost Crab meal. The Ghost Crabs dig such a
long tunnel it is almost impossible to dig them out.
More baby turtle tracks as another nest hatches. The frequent rain showers make it difficult sometimes to see
the tracks and we sometimes miss a hatching as a result, and have to
rely on the depression left in the nest to tell us they have gone.
then low and behold a Green Sea Turtle has nested, notorious for being
late hatcher. Number 22 has increased our overall nest count for
the year. Perhaps our last nest for the season.
Greens leave a very distinct track in the sand with parallel marks in
the sand instead of the alternating gait of the Loggerheads.
had a very rambling track as she had a very hard time deciding where to
lay. She must have been on the beach for hours trying to find the
had not been gone very long before I found the nest as her tracks had
disappeared into the water not very long before I arrived.
Could this be our Green Turtle??
have not found very many hatchlings left in the nest this year. I
used to say about 85% of the time we would find them but with more
nesting on the ocean side and full morning sun the sand warms them up
evenly and they just all get out together. That is a good thing.
They are much healthier and stronger when they can get out early.
Usually when they are left in the nest it is because they have
become tangled in roots that have grown into the nest since it was laid.
Almost there. The water comes to meet it and help get it on its way.
it goes to lead a watery life. Only the ripples of the water and
the faint image of the turtle's heads underneath the water's surface.
Crab shells now litter the beach as the primary molting season is
arriving. The clouds reflect into the wet surface from above.
My Archie...is that the Loch Ness Monster cruising up our river.
If a boat hits it they might easily think they had run into a
sunset over the Tiger Point Marina I was able with the use of a little
computer trickery to get in a more wide angle version than I could with
my camera. This was an unusually late evening as Bruce and I were
in the park putting screens down to divert Brer Fox to a different
choice on his menu.
grabbed another view from The Spanish Plaza which gives an amazing view
of the river. No wonder the Spaniards chose this spot for the
town of Fernandina.
the beach the Railroad Vine has vigorously regrown in some spots but is
not blooming as in days goneby. I wonder if the clouds in the
afternoon have had any effect on that.
has been the worst summer for beach simpletons to dig huge mounds and
deep pits capable of breaking a limb in the dark and scaring
unsuspecting turtles away from nesting and trapping turtle youngsters,
preventing their necessary run to the ocean from the nest.
beach is all but deserted many mornings and I do so enjoy that about
our beaches here. Nice to enjoy the uncrowded stretches of beach
that others do not have, especially in the State Park.
ride the beach high along the last high tide line and below
the wrack line, slowly to check all the nests, walking up to each
one to check and see if it survived Brer Fox and other predators, and
to check for hatching or any other changes in the nest. On the
way back I am freer to ride low next to the water and check for other
things, sometimes a photo I would miss otherwise. Sometimes it is
a dead turtle, or stranded horseshoe crabs or some odd thing floating
in the water like a table I found one day. Getting the low light
on the shells and water runoff are nice to catch. This shell
allows the light to filter through its holey surface like a cathedral
Older weather and water worn shells are alway of interest to me.
this is a much less destructive and creative way to spend your summer
day, building a sand castle, rather than a wild animal snare, designed
to entrap little old ladies out for a morning ride or walk.
Sea Oats have lost their fresh green and have traded it for the
ripening golden heads of late summer. Preparing to drop all that
crop of seeds to renew the grasses next year...our natural fortress
against the sea.
Another cloudy August morning.
fleeting cloud reflection to catch and trap forever with the camera
lens. Another day heads toward the winding down of summer and the
end of the laying season for this year.
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