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!!

Read More

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!

Read More

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.

Read More