We have started toward home, meandering along the Gulf Coast. We took a quick trip to the J. N. Ding Darling Wildlife Reserve on Sanibel Island. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. We got lucky as we got there just at low tide, so there were all kinds of birds there. The first five pictures are from the reserve.
Leslie got to do the thing that everyone jokes about – sitting on the beach and working, while Don took pictures of the wildlife. We did spend her lunch hour walking on a beach on Captiva Island (last five pictures) and collecting shells, which was a lot of fun. There is something about walking on the beach looking for shells that turns you into a little kid.