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Manatee County

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    • Day 11

      Lido Key

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Arriving back in St. Armands again!! We walked down to the beach at Lido Key to show Jayne all the Black Skimmers that were nesting there.
      We then waited for an Uber (under the watchful eye 👁 of a female pirate) to take us back to our apartment on Longboat Key in time to see the sunset 🌇.Read more

    • Day 8

      Walking along the beach

      May 3, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      So after grocery shopping we headed back to the apartment and went for a shortish stroll along the beach.
      The local inhabitants seem to be all part of the sandpiper family:
      - Black Bellied Plover
      - Semi-palmated Plover

      Then just as we walked back it started to look as though we were going to be in for a storm....
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    • Day 9

      On the Beach

      May 4, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Back on the beach ⛱️ and where better to get a selfie 🤳 with a Grear Blue Heron.
      One man and his dog ....... not here in Florida, a Great Blue Heron is (fisher)man's best friend, I can't think why though 😀
      Finally the Black Skimmers came flying down the waters edge, whilst a pelican kept watch from the jetty.
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    • Day 12

      Beach Time

      November 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Nach dem Aufstehen am heutigen Morgen wussten wir noch nicht richtig was mit uns und dem bevorstehenden Tag anzufangen. Daher entschieden wir uns zunächst für einige Stunden an den Strand zu fahren.
      Der Strand von Siesta Key auf der gleichnamigen Insel wurde in diesem Jahr zum wiederholten Male zum schönsten Strand der USA gewählt.
      Der pulverfeine weiße Sandstrand ist wirklich eine absolute Schönheit und schon am frühen Morgen gut besucht.
      Siesta Key Beach verdient seinen 1. Platz allemal und ein Kurzbesuch hat sich definitiv gelohnt.
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    • Day 8

      First day in Sarasota

      May 3, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Good morning from Long Boat Key in Sarasota.

      This is our new view every morning over looking the Gulf of Mexico.

      As we didn't get time to go food (grocery) shopping; I am fast becoming quite fluent in speaking American on this vacation 🇺🇲😁. Anyway I digress, we drove, or Greg did, down to what's known as The Circle on St Armands Island, for brunch at the Cilantro Grill. Food was fabulous when it arrived but the service was terrible!!

      After we had a short stroll around looking in various shops etc.
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    • Day 11

      Going our own way

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      First day of being left to our own devices........

      Booked an Uber to take us from our apartment at Seaplace on Longboat Key to St. Armands. and he dropped us off right outside Foxy Lady......and he has only just met Jayne.
      So we spent an hour or so strolling around the circle and its various shops stopping for an ice-cream and the occasional selfie 🤳 before joining the Lifeguards for a photo opportunity.
      We saw the Coca-Cola lorry delivery urgent supplies before taking the free trolley 🚎 bus to downtown Sarasota.
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    • Day 16

      Amish Village

      May 11, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Greg manages to stand out in a crowd!!

      You know you're in Pinecraft when you come upon large populations of men and women dressed in traditional Plain clothing and prayer coverings, often riding large-wheel adult tricycles with large baskets on the back -- a replacement for horse-and-buggy transportation, which is not allowed on city streets. Pinecraft Park is a hub of activity, with matches of shuffleboard, horseshoes and volleyball going on much of the day.

      Visitors to Sarasota delight in going beyond the beaches and heading to Pinecraft, where they can slow down a little and enjoy delicious fresh food, charming locally made gifts, and the simple pleasures in life … and pie!
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    • Day 9

      Garden Wildlife

      May 4, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Like most gardens, various types of wildlife are attracted to them. Here is what we saw at the Botanical Gardens:
      - Brown Anoles (Lizards) Not only will these lizards eat their own molted skin and detached tails, but they will also eat their own hatchlings and the hatchlings of the Green Anole. Since this invasive species arrived in Florida from Cuba, there’s been a decrease in the Green Anole population. Brown Anoles have wider heads and shorter noses than other Anoles. They have long toes that enable them to move quickly, and they can attach to any surface as they climb, even glass. Their bodies are light brown with black-and-white markings on their backs and light tan lines on their sides. Like the Green Anole, the Brown Anoles have dewlaps, which are reddish-orange. They’re active during the day and love humidity. These lizards can thrive in any environment but prefer ground vegetation and places that they can bask in the sun.
      - Little Blue Heron This small, grayish blue wading bird is wide spread throughout the entire Florida peninsula yet rarer in the panhandle. Its entire range extends outside of Florida northeast and west in North America and in many locations throughout Cuba, South and Central America. Little blue herons feed on a varied diet of fish, insects and amphibians and prefer to forage alone. Their nesting behavior is far more communal, however. Little blue herons often nest in colonies in the company of other wading bird species.
      - Osprey, also known as "fish hawks," are expert anglers that like to hover above the water, locate their prey and then swoop down for the capture with talons extended. In Florida, ospreys commonly capture saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, and sunfish from coastal habitats and freshwater lakes and rivers for their diet.
      - Wasps
      - Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.
      - Yellow Crowned Night Heron. Although it's name implies otherwise this bird is also quite active during daylight hours. The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron has an average body length of 24 inches with a wingspan of 44 inches.
      Adults are slate grey, have a black head, white crown and cheek stripe, reddish eyes and yellow legs. Breeding adults have a yellow fore-crown with white plumes from nape and orange legs.
      Juveniles are grayish brown with amber eyes, white spotting and streaks above, gradually acquiring adult characteristics over a two year period.
      The Yellow Crowned Night-Heron hunts crustaceans, insects, & invertebrates in Mangroves, fresh and salt water swamps and marshes, mainly near the coast.
      - Great Blue Heron Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wingbeats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.
      - Red Ants of the three types of red ants in Florida this is the Fire ant and gets its name from the extremely painful sting and bite. One fire ant can sting and bite its victim repeatedly. These ants build mounds, and when a fire ant mound is disrupted, workers make their way to the surface to attack the intruder. Attacks by fire ants are coordinated as hundreds of workers sting at the same time. Feeding on almost any plant or animal material, fire ants also feed on other insects.
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    • Day 16

      The Last Supper and Sunset

      May 11, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Only a 1 hour wait, time for a beer, an enforced listening 🎶 to the band (who didn't know how to play .. Far Away 🤣🤣) then just as Greg's shrimps 🍤 were coming off the barbecue we were called to our table. Those that know me will be surprised to read that I had the Red Snapper; along with Patti, Jayne went for The Grouper and Greg had the Wahoo.
      During the meal we shared more laughter about the English language and how we say certain things and call things names that they (Americans) couldn't relate to.

      Red snapper is a large saltwater fish found in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. The most common red snapper caught and eaten is from the Gulf of Mexico. They have a “stronger” taste than other species of fish because they eat more crabs and shrimp, which makes their meat more flavourful.

      The Grouper fish can be found in 25 to 50 foot depths 1 to 12 miles off the coast of Sarasota where the black grouper are the prevalent grouper. The blacks average 6 to 12 pounds and come and go all year long but seem to be best in Spring and Fall. They hang out on all the reefs, breaks and structure they can find and some are better than others. They hide deep in the structure which makes them hard to pull out with light tackle. Since most of the fishing done in this area is on light tackle, most are lost.
      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico

      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

      After our early dinner it was a quick drive back to the apartment to catch our final sunset and then joy of joys pack our cases.
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    • Day 11

      Sarasota Bay Front

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      The free trolley 🚎 bus took us from St. Armands over Bird Key and into Sarasota. We got off as the bus started to make its return journey and headed straight down to the Marina. Stopping (not shopping 🛍) for a nice cold can of coke and a packet of crisps or as they say here chips!
      In the Marina we saw several green parrots 🦜 (their correct name being Monk Parakeets) flying around and then decided to recreate the Kissing Statue.

      What Is The Kissing Statue?

      Unconditional Surrender, otherwise known as the “Kissing Statue,” is a greater-than-life size version of a famous photograph snapped at the end of World War II. The original photograph, entitled “V-J day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures the celebratory essence of sailors, nurses and other military returning home from Europe after WWII ended. Originally printed in Life Magazine in 1945, this image was the cause of some mystery for decades as no one, including the photographer, knew the names of the couple in the photograph. Eventually, it became known that George Medonza, caught up in the spirit of the celebration that day, had grabbed Greta Zimmer Friedman, a woman he didn’t know who was walking past him at the time and kissed her before moving on in the crowd. Medonza passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 95.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Manatee County, Манъти, মানাটী কাউন্টি, Condado de Manatee, Manatee konderria, شهرستان ماناته، فلوریدا, Comté de Manatee, Manatee megye, Մանաթի շրջան, MZE, Contea di Manatee, マナティ郡, Manatee Comitatus, Manatee Kūn, Hrabstwo Manatee, ماناٹی کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Manatee, Мэнати, Округ Манати, Манаті, مانیٹی کاؤنٹی، فلوریڈا, Quận Manatee, Condado han Manatee, 馬納提縣

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