Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mote Marine…

DSC_8196 DSC_8175 DSC_8338 DSC_8248 DSC_8250 DSC_8256 DSC_8368 DSC_8210-Edit DSC_8348 DSC_8386-Edit DSC_8262 DSC_8200 DSC_8312 A few weeks ago, we traveled to Sarasota to visit the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. I’ve been wanting to go for years, but just never made it happen. Which is crazy, because it’s barely a drive away! I had read they were opening a River otter exhibition and that finally motivated me to make the trip. Savannah LOVES River otters! I really never could understand her fascination and affection towards them, until I saw them interacting with another. They were very cute and playful! Also, it was next to impossible to get a picture of them, because they were always on the go.

Besides the Rivs, as Savannah calls them, the manatees Buffet and Hugh, were the biggest hit. When we visited them, they were cruising through their tanks eating lettuce. There was someone outside their tank counting how many leaves they ate. I could not imagine sitting there for hours counting lettuce!

There were also sharks, sea turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, an octopus, lion fish, an eel, stingray touch tanks, and several other aquariums full of interesting sea life. The jellyfish were my favorite. They always appear to be doing a mesmerizing water ballet.

I think what I love most about Mote Marine, is the research that goes on behind the scenes. It’s not just a place to go and see marine life on display. In their research, they are helping to conserve and sustain marine life. Also, at the same time educating the public. We plan to go back soon. I’m sure we could learn something new every visit. If you are in the Sarasota area, make sure to stop by Mote and see all the wonderful things they are doing for marine life!

Highlight Reel…

DSC_7772 DSC_6186 DSC_7516 DSC_4721 DSC_5368 DSC_7640 DSC_4144 DSC_7475 12795209_10154006129374931_3152712752627970474_o DSC_5173 DSC_7067 DSC_7679 DSC_7845 DSC_7873 DSC_7941 DSC_7950 DSC_4935 DSC_7707 DSC_6237-Edit A friend of mine on Facebook, recently made a comment on the photos I post. She said it’s like looking at a highlight reel. I thought that was a perfect description of the daily snippets I share on my Instagram and Facebook accounts. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve likely seen all these photos. Sorry for the duplicity, but I wanted to also share them here on my blog. I’m horrible at printing photos. I take them, I edit them, I back them up, and I share them, but I never, hardly ever, print them! So, I thought I would put together a monthly highlight reel of sorts. Except, this first one covers January through March, only because, I just thought to do it!

In no particular order:

Easter egg hunt
Tea box veggie garden craft
Drake, our neighborhood Muscovy duck
Snail pin valentine craft
Sister driveway racing
Backyard Annie
Sister dinosaur painting
Cardboard and embroidery necklace craft
Jacks plays with cars
Savannah and bunnyland
Carrot cascarones
Annie, Wyatt, and the Ferris Wheel
Field of chickens
Introduction to the Ghosbuster’s franchise
Easter cake decorating
Out to lunch Annie
Out to lunch Jacks
Yarn bird craft
Wyatt and a cow
Savannah’s photography lesson