Bill Brewer Family Gardens

at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers

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Sunset Gathering at the Causeway

Every month or so, a group of us gather at the Sanibel causeway for sharing, caring, sunsets and fellowship. Click on any image to see a larger version.


We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, http://www.uucfm.org/.
Photos (c) John Swank.

Dynamic Dock Day: Part 1, Otters

We love having wildlife visit our dock in South Fort Myers. We have had a variety of critters over the years, but Sunday was special. First up were four otters, who were not at all concerned we were nearby.

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Have another minute? Here is a video of the otters in action

For Elaine’s fun blog including a narrative of this wonderful event see http://www.ewswank.wordpress.com.
Part 2 coming soon.

Mothers Day 2015: A Whale of an Adventure

Mothers Day finds me reflecting on an experience Elaine and I shared just a few weeks ago.

We were traveling a long way from home and came across a group of new mothers and their babies.  We found them enormously attractive.

Elaine loves to hold and talk to babies, and I love any opportunity for a good photo.

But we were the interlopers and stayed a respectful distance away.

In just a little while, one of the moms brought her baby close to us. She didn’t say anything, but seemed to encourage us to pat the young one and had no objection to my camera.

Pretty soon others joined us. They seemed to be as curious as we were and to enjoy the encounter.

Elaine didn’t get to hold the babies but did get the pat them, kiss them, and put her hand in one’s mouth.  I got some photos and I believe we all had a great sense of connection.

Happy Mothers Day to all who have the title officially, and to all who help support this interconnected web of life we share.

Grey Whale Group

Grey Whale Group

Watchful Whale

Watchful Whale

Grey Whales, Cow and Calf

Grey Whales, Cow and Calf

Mom and calf

Mom and calf

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Blowhole

 

Below the Surface

Below the Surface

Balleen

Balleen

Notes: This encounter took place in a protected area in Mexico as part of a small group eco tour. Only a few boats are allowed in the preserve at a time, all piloted by licensed personnel. All wildlife was treated with a great deal of respect. Many thanks to the professionals who conducted this tour, and to our fellow searchers.

Here is a link to the tour operator: http://www.bajawhales.com/.

FAVORITE PHOTOS: NOVEMBER 2014

Roseate Spoonbill near Bunche Beach

Roseate Spoonbill near Bunche Beach

Green  on backyard dock

Green on backyard dock

Ibis and tricolor on dock

Ibis and tricolor on dock

Incoming ducks, backyard lake

Incoming ducks, backyard lake

Busy month for ducks on Lake Iona

Busy month for ducks on Lake Iona

Christmas Palms

Christmas Palms

Florida snowman

Florida snowman

Great egret and ducks

Great egret and ducks

More ducks

More ducks

Warbler

Warbler

Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Hawk on neighbor's roof

Hawk on neighbor’s roof

Sunlit brew

Sunlit brew

Four on dock

Four on dock

Green heron in flight

Green heron in flight

Sailboat from Bunche Beach

Sailboat from Bunche Beach

Great Egret takes flight

Great Egret takes flight

Gator at Ding Darling NWR

Gator at Ding Darling NWR

Great Blue Heron at Bunche Beache

Great Blue Heron at Bunche Beache

Otter at Din

Otter at Din

FAVORITE PHOTOS: JULY 2014 IN REVIEW

July was another spectacular month for adventure and photography.

Hirschorn Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Hirschorn Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Hirschorn Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Hirschorn Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Shenandoah Sunset

Shenandoah Sunset

Lizard with Our Lady of Perpetual Weeding garden sculpture, Elaine' Garden, Fort Myers, FL

Lizard with Our Lady of Perpetual Weeding garden sculpture. Elaine’s garden, Fort Myers, FL.

National Mall, Washington, DC

National Mall, Washington, DC

National Capitol with Tourist Bus

National Capitol with Tourist Bus

Robin, Chevy Chase, MD

Robin, Chevy Chase, MD

Amish Corn Crop from Hot Air Balloon

Amish Corn Crop from Hot Air Balloon

Interior, Hot Air Balloon, Lancaster, PA

Interior, Hot Air Balloon, Lancaster, PA

View from Hot Air Balloon, Lancaster, PA

View from Hot Air Balloon, Lancaster, PA

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Kykuit, Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Carrots, Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Carrots, Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Lauren's Garden, Syracuse, NY

Lauren’s Garden, Syracuse, NY

Lauren's Garden, Syracuse, NY

Lauren’s Garden, Syracuse, NY

Lauren's Garden, Syracuse, NY

Lauren’s Garden, Syracuse, NY

Blue Ridge Sunset, VA

Blue Ridge Sunset, VA

Kykuit: The Rockefellers’ Place on the Hudson

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Nelson Rockefeller was once the governor of New York state. He never carried cash, people said, and when I met him  in the ’60s at the State Fair, I was a Girl Scout. He was eating a coney (which he did not pay for), and it made the news.  Later, when I moved to Washington, DC, in the ’70s, I worked for a congressman with the memorable name of Herman  T. Schneebeli who had been Rockefeller’s freshman roommate at Dartmouth,.  Rocky would come by, and in his low gravely unmistakable voice say that he wanted to see “Herm, that old SOB.”  I was young then and such language from a public figure probably shocked me.

Little about the Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit, shocked me until we got to the basement. Kykuit means “lookout” in old Dutch, and the estate was built by patriarch John D. Rockefeller and…

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Espanola island, Galapagos

Our second day in the Galapagos, September 2013.

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Show Time

The art scene in Fort Myers is picking up as fall approaches. I am pleased to be part of two shows opening in September.

The first is an all photography show at the Art League of Fort Myers. As always, the gallery will be open during Art Walk downtown, the first Friday of the month. Here are my new images now on display:
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Surfing Ibis — at Bowdich Beach on Sanibel

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Intense Osprey

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Marbled Godwits

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Yellowed Crowned Speed Bump – a yellowed crown night heron strolling on Wildlife Drive, Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve

In addition, I am pleased to be part of group show at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. Here are two new works I am showing in this beautiful setting:

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Ground Orchids – grown by Elaine in our front yard, South Fort Myers

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Brooklyn IPA

A delightful draft beer served in Tarrytown, NY.

The pink is from Elaine’s blouse;

The purple at the bottom corners is the color of the restaurant where we dined.