SWFL Photos

PHOTO - Swimming Sanibel in the Off-Season

A bathing suit, a beach towel and a nondescript sun hat...full regalia for a midsummer’s walk from the rental condo to the beach on Sanibel Island.

The grass near the resort is crunchy with chlorophyll, stubbornly releasing retained dampness with each and every footfall. The sand on the path to the beach is fire hot and sharp with jagged shells. Weathered wood railings hold the sea grape at bay. A turn of the corner and gentle turquoise waves come into view peaked with squirming and glistening pinpoints of blinding magic light.

Gulf breezes flirt with palm fronds and seductive sheets of water rhythmically lick the shoreline. A nest-perched osprey announces an urgent series of short sharp whistles to all who are listening. The elemental soundtrack relaxes more than silence ever could.

In the Sanibel off-season, relentless heat quickly pushes us towards the promise of refreshing water. The sun hat and beach towel are left under the responsible care and supervision of salt-coated coastal sea grape leaves, as feet, then full bodies enter the softly rocking cradle of the Gulf of Mexico between tides.

-- photography and writing by Eric Taubert

Join Southwest Florida Barometer on Facebook: SWFL Barometer Fanpage

Join Eric Taubert on Google+: Eric Taubert on Google+

Join Southwest Florida Barometer on Twitter: @erictaubert

Subscribe to the Southwest Florida Barometer Newsletter: SWFL Barometer Newsletter

OneNews Banner

SWFL Businesses

Barometer Media

Owned and operated locally. Barometer Media is the publisher of several community-based websites dedicated to exploring the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida with passion and compassion, honesty and respect, good insight and good humor.

Read More

Southwest Florida Real Estate

Are you a Realtor in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and the Islands?

Contact Us today - we could link to your listings from right here!

Find us on Facebook

Become a fan today and take part in the discussions. We've also integrated the ability to comment on our articles on this website using your Facebook account. Let your opinions on the place we live be heard.

Read More