Thursday, July 19, 2012

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Florida went on Daylight Savings time with the rest of the Eastern  Standard Time on March 11.  It's a Florida coastal dweller's rite of springtime to get those extra few hours of daylight after the early evening dark nights of winter (I know - Florida right - what winter?)

Now smack dab in the middle of summer, the  sunset is at 8:45pm these days.  Leaving Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, & the supper dishes in the sink is not that hard of a decision for me. My beach buddies Wade-ster & Gee-man feel the same way.

These fellas can spend hours inspecting the ocean floor for sea critters.

Both boys love to fish, cast net, & snorkel but tonight the long-handled nets are the apparatus du jour.

Gee-man always gathers a crowd with his 5-gallon bucket containing his finds of the evening. 

It's raining somewhere out there but not on us.

Cotton candy clouds.

Even the clouds behind us are lit up from the glow of the setting sun.

One last look in case he missed something.

The sunset is the Manasota Key version of children running through the neighborhood when the streetlights come on.....Time to head home.


  1. Cotton candy clouds are my favorite!

  2. Stunning photos but I especially love the sky photos today!

  3. Gorgeous post Karen. Love the clouds and the waves and your beach buddies are so cute!!!

  4. fabulous photos! the colours are amazing.

  5. Wonderful pics, Karen... The cotton candy clouds are just beautiful!!! Thanks for taking me to the beach ;-)

    Have a sunny weekend!!

  6. such a sweet post, karen...gorgeous shots of cotton candy clouds...i so wish i were in florida...days and days of drought and 100 degrees. the cornfields of iowa are burning down...florida's crops will do well this year by comparison...i'm taking up kelp eating. whole foods opened here yesterday and they have all the kelp noodles and snax :)

  7. This is such a beautiful post! I have such a longing to be at the ocean. I kept reading parts of this to my hubby...we always call the pretty evening clouds cotton candy when they look like these! Enjoy your weekend...wish I was there!

  8. I love it when the sun is behind the clouds and they turn that beautiful pink. Gorgeous photos!

  9. these are so beautiful.. thks for sharing your FL paradise with us.. we're moving to FL in Dec.. we can't wait! xo

  10. I agree with Kim - love cotton candy, in any form! My feet are twitching, trying to feel that wet sand. :-/

  11. Such beautiful photos! I love the FL summer skies! (the fall, winter and springs skies, too!)
    Flying in around those storms last night gave me a different perspective on cotton candy clouds. Those were MEAN thunderheads...columns of grays and blacks...scary!

  12. Oh the colors are amazing! What a blissful way to spend the evening! I sure do miss those gulf coast sunsets!! Thank You sooo much for keeping me a part of them through your gorgeous photos ! xox

  13. LOVE this!!! Those are some handsome boys!! The cotton candy clouds were amazing!!


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