Anna Maria Sunset

Melinda Bordes, Anna Maria Island Realtor

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Breeding Season

Posted by on May 15, 2010

Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island

Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns

Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns

The different species of terns and gulls are actively breeding on Anna Maria Island. The Royal Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish and offers his fish to the female as part of the courtship display. After dancing in circles and rubbing beaks and chests they begin to breed.
Their nesting takes place in ground scape and females lay one or two eggs. The nest are in dense colonies for protection. They become very aggressive (especially the male) while protecting the nest. To help preserve our wildlife officials have roped off a large area south of Bean Point. This is such an incredible display by the terns as they perform the ceremony of breeding. Soon we will see small terns hit our beaches and these same terns return year after year to the same nesting grounds. One just never knows what they may find when they are taking a stroll at sunset on Anna Maria Island. Please come and observe and snap away, but please do not disturb these birds and allow them to breed peacefully. And please enjoy the sunset!

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ melinda@annamariasunset.com ~ Please feel free to contact me with all of your real estate needs whether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas. This is one of my favorite months of the year. With all of the wildlife in full swing, the humidity is holding at a comfortable level, the water temps are warming making swimming a pleasure and the sunsets are spectacular!! Maybe that is what is calling you here!!

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Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Wildlife Inc. ~ Education & Rehabilation Center

Posted by on Mar 18, 2010

Bambi ~ Wildlife rescue and release~

Bambi ~ Wildlife rescue and release~

On Anna Maria Island, in the middle of beach-goers and sunset lovers, their is a place that many helpless animals call home who are in need of rehabilitation. Bambi (seen above) was found at Lakewood Ranch and her mother had been killed when hit by a car. We were not allowed to touch her for fear of domesticating her and she was taken to a ranch out east to live with other deer.
Though many of the animals fall victim to natural causes…disease, storms and natural predation…most of the cases handled by rehabilitators are caused by human interactions~vehicle collisions, environmental toxic poisoning, injuries caused by fishing lines and bottle containers and predation by uncaged domestic animals and released exotic non-native species. Habitat loss due to rapid growth is another cause of orphaned and injured animals. “We believe that all forms of native wildlife serve critical and sometimes complex roles in maintaining the balance of nature. We feel called to do what we can to maintain the balance,” says Wildlife,Inc. They receive no government support for all these labor-intensive and costly activities. The dedicated all-volunteer staff takes no salary. Donors who support the vision and commitment are the sole source of financial support that keep Wildlife, Inc. in full operation. Ed and Gail Straight have dedicated their lives to the rescue and rehabilitation and education of our beloved wildlife and have been providing treatment and care for  Wildlife, Inc. for over 23 years. I am fortunate to volunteer and work with these animals in a mission to protect and preserve our wildlife for Manatee and Sarasota Counties. For more information and the opportunity to support our local wildlife visit their website at www.wildlifeinc.org. And if you see someone feeding our shore birds bread, please help to educate them that this may lead to the death of these birds. Let’s all do what we can to preserve the wildlife on Anna Maria Island…these critters complete the beauty of our Island and all serve a purpose.

Written by Melinda Bordes~ Anna Maria Island Sunsets ~ 941-705-0146 ~ Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna  Maria Island or surrounding areas, please feel free to contact me to assist you. If you live on Anna Maria or are just visiting we all need to do our part to protect our wildlife. Because this is close to my heart I see such a need to be educated and understand what it takes to live along side of our wildlife so we can all benefit from their existence on our beautiful Island!

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Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Defining a Sunset

Posted by on Oct 29, 2009

Anna Maria Sunset ~ Rod & Reel Pier

Anna Maria Sunset ~ Rod & Reel Pier

Anna Maria Island is the essence of the sunset. Sunset is defined as the time when the upper limb of the sun disappears below the sensible horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the earth. It is also defined as the apparent descent of the sun below the horizon. Dr. Bruce Cordell, a rocket scientist, describes a sunset as “God’s signature on the day.” Dr. Cordell writes a brilliant blog on space and the future.
Yes, there really is such a thing as a rocket scientist. Another definition is the close, or final stage, of any period. Since today is my birthday, I suppose you could say yesterday was the sunset for that “particular year” in my life. A sunset also encompasses the atmospheric phenomena accompanying the disappearance of the sun. This is the substance for Silhouettes at Sunset. Because of the atmospheric changes, seasons, clouds, weather and the sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, each night presents herself with panoramic majesty and an original palette bouncing off the lens of my camera. Each sunset is unique and allows a different story to be told. Because sunset gazing is a ritual on Anna Maria Island, my silhouettes line the beach ~ whether it is in human, plant or animal form. So I invite you to join me as we observe another celestial happening. Be sure to click on the gallery pictures to enlarge them and please, enjoy the sunset!

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ melinda@annamariasunset.com Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas please feel free to contact me with all of your real estate needs. Rates are down, prices are down and the buyers are up!! Anna Maria is ahead of most of FL as far as bouncing back and experiencing an active market. Europeans and Canadians are actively seeking ownership on one of the most beautiful Islands anywhere. With high season only a few months away, we will see our inventory diminishing showing giant steps in what has been called a declining market. There is only one way to travel once you have hit bottom and that is up. Think about it, when would you want to be buying a piece of paradise? Don’t forget that we just throw the sunsets and the laid-back attitude in for free!!  For more information visit Island Real Estate’s website.
For more information on the Rod and Reel pier visit our informational page.

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Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Sequence of A Sunset

Posted by on Sep 16, 2009

Sailing under the sunset on Anna Maria!

Sailing under the sunset on Anna Maria!

 

Have you ever stood on the edge of where the waves meet the sand at final landing and tried to take it into the real prospective? Some of my sunset walks find me to be flying solo~just me and the gulls, skimmers and blues and the sun slowly sinking to the west over Anna Maria Island into the Gulf of Mexico.
It can be chilling when you look at the bigger picture of how this all really works and can make you feel very small like a grain of sand. In this walk called life we are sent so many interferences and tests that make us either become stronger, better and wiser, or if misdirected we take the opposite path trying to rely on our own knowledge and strength. It all has to do with the magnificence of soaking up a sunset. I have personally grown in so may ways by just reaching out and letting nature just touch me. I am awed by what this tiny, small Island teaches so many people who come for just a visit or decide they have come home when they drive across the bridge that connects a little bit of heaven with the rest of the world!

Written by Melinda Bordes~941-705-0146~ melinda@annamariasunset.comWhether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas please contact me for all of your real estate needs. Be sure and click on the smaller pictures to enlarge them. Maybe it is time for you to cross that bridge to the Island and inhale the salt air while you allow the sunset to teach you exactly what “awe” means! Please, enjoy the sunset!

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Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Anna Maria Island Turtle Hatchling

Posted by on Aug 18, 2009

Loggerhead Babies

Loggerhead Babies

Turtle season has moved into full swing on Anna Maria Island and we are seeing hatchlings taking place almost daily. As fate would have it, I walked up on a hatchling and was fortunate enough to help escort about 45 baby Loggerheads safely to the water. The crowd of about 60 other onlookers were well informed of the rules in order to participate. Most were visitors from all over. Absolutely no camera flashes are allowed, only infra-red lights although only when necessary.
After standing over a nest that had begun to cave in due to the rumblings of turtles cracking through their eggs, the ground began to “boil”. What is so amazing is how this happens for the most part simultaneously where all at the same time the sand moves and out over their nest these little guys scramble to embark towards the water. It is as though they are all wearing a compass as they march like an army to their new environment. There is usually one leader and a few stragglers that seem to be a bit weaker than their brothers and sisters. You could feel the emotion of this crowd as we urged them toward safety with words of encouragement. When the last little guy hit the water the crowd broke out in cheers. We had all just shared a beautiful act of nature.

After a hatchling occurs, the faithful Turtle Watch volunteers go back to the nest to record shells, eggs that did not hatch and perhaps rescue some that were unable to hatch or just left behind. On a different night I happened up on an excavation. Glenn was elbow deep digging through the remains as Cindy assisted in sifting through the sand. There were 10 babies found still alive that were rescued and taken to safety. Bless these folks that donate their time to endless walks on the beach checking nest and assuring that as many Loggerheads as possible are given their best shot at survival. The work is very rewarding and you all deserve our praise for a job well done!

Written by Melinda Bordes  ~941-705- 0146~melinda@annamariasunset.com~ Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding area please contact me for all of your real estate needs. Please enjoy the sunset!

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