Wednesday, October 14, 2009


It's a beautiful morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and I'd like you to join me for a walk on the beach. The sand is still cool, so kick off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the sand.

We'll start by walking down the back steps of my hotel (see last post) onto the private beach.

Not many folks are out this early. I almost have the beach to myself. Yipee!

Of course, the pelicans are always present. Have you ever noticed they resemble pterodacytls?

Ouch! I stepped on a sharp shell. Look carefully, there's a sandpiper in the surf.

It's breakfast time for the pelicans and they are diving and splashing like crazy. This guy has been especially lucky fishing and looks satisfied with the day's catch.
A little farther down the beach there are fewer birds and more houses lining the coast.

And as we keep walking we get to the beginning of the most popular public beaches.

The sun is getting hotter. Boy that beach umbrella looks tempting.
It's amazing how quickly a clear sky turns cloudy in Florida.

These turtles in a front yard pond along the intercoastal don't seem to mind a few clouds.
Neither does this (plastic) front lawn gator!


Alison Gibbs said...

Great post - I love it when there are not many people on the beach - so, so peaceful and relaxing to just wander along the sand

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Barbara, what a fun walk on the beach, I enjoyed digging my toes in the warm sand, especially since it is cold and rainy here in Utah today... I always love watching the pelicans too! Beautiful photos as always! Bisous... Julie Marie

Cathy said...

Hi Barbara,

DH and I just got back from Orlando. Early celebrating of our 10th Anniversary. We thought by going in October the weather would be perfect. NOT!!!!!! 95 degrees is too hot for me. We barely made it through the week without constantly dipping into the pool or going to a waterpark for a float on the lazy river.

Now we are back home and it is 42 outside ~ go figure. Enjoy the warmth of the Florida sun my friend.

xo Cathy

Maya said...

Totally enjoyed this early morning walk -anytime!!

chandelier magic - beach house said...

love these photos, love your blog, and i love love love your book. it's the latest gift to myself.

it's the best to get on the beach early enough to catch the dolphins swimming south - or a seal doin the backstroke.

have a great day


Beach Vintage said...

I love that photo of the sand dune with the life saver hut. Great!

One Shabby Old House said...

Such beautiful pictures. Glad you are enjoying FL. It sure has been hot. Looking forward to cooler weather.
The hotel that you are staying in is wonderful.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Barbara
Lovely post.. feel like I have taken a walk with you. Love the surf pictures and of course the clouds!!

Sorry I'm a bit late. Have a great week. Julie

Kathleen said...

Beautiful pictures..We had a few good beach days here on Long Island last week. Today is colder and rainy.

Queen B. said...

sorry i missed this waterside wednesday ! i toured a battleship, that was ON THE WATER but no water pics :(

Marie Antionette said...

Oh how beautiful your pictures are.Did you hurt your tooties on a shell? I'm sorry.But i bet you had the most fun.Lucky you.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Beverly said...

I spent the majority of my life in Fort Lauderdale. Your photos have made me homesick.

Connie said...

I have enjoyed your walk and views of the the water. Oh, it looks so nice and warm, so enjoy it all. Some of us have had snow already, if you can believe that ?
Love your photography, too. The sky and water are just so blue.

Anonymous said...

So uplifting on a dreary day! the sun is out there somewhere thanks for mini escap

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh, how fun seeing the beach through your eyes. I walk that same beach (only about 150 miles north) every morning just at sunrise. It is such a beautiful way to start the day!'s cool here today! In the 60's Yeeehawww...come on fall!

Susie Q said...

An early morning walk on the beach is a true luxury and one that everyone should experience!
Loved the photos! *sigh*

erin said...

Hi Barbara,
Looks like you are in a beautiful spot for a vacation - your photographs are always beautiful. One of these days when I figure out the Mr. Linky thingy I want to participate in your Waterside Wednesday. Looks like so much fun.
I am celebrating my first blog anniversay with a giveaway and would love for you to stop by for a visit. I mentioned you and your book on my blog - hope that was ok - I referred one of the bloggers who left me a comment to your website as she is interested in purchasing Waterside Cottages.
Have a wonderful week.