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Sanibel Island Farmers Market. Florida.  February, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©  click to enlarge.

 

PINK MARTINI.

 

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger   Video by Eileen Goldfinger.  Please click on music and then video for the ultimate multi-media experience.

I am reluctant to post  Florida photos in the winter because it feels cruel to those of  you, including our two Grover sons, who are freezing their buttocks off in Jersey.

But, on the other hand, some readers have told me that they enjoy the Fla Fla Land images.

So here is a video that Eileen shot a few days ago.   We were sitting on a narrow beach off the Sanibel Island Causeway, looking out at San Carlos Bay, a route to the Gulf.  Hardly anyone actually  goes into the water there.  But some enjoy the water sports like kite surfing or fishing.  Regular surfing is out of the question, because there only tiny waves.    Mostly people just open up a folding chair and enjoy the gentle lapping of the water.   The visitors seem to vary between those who seek shade under the trees and those who sunbathe.

The fisherman in the picture seemed happy just to cast, reel, cast, reel , cast reel—non-stop and monotonous, but very relaxing. It was soothing  even just watching him. He was using a small hunk of bait, and he caught nothing while we were there.

He seemed perfectly content. He said that his wife was walking along the edge of the water looking for shells.  These people sure know how to waste time—a marvelous talent in our high energy culture.

Eileen and her sister Hope join in the festivities by chatting–endlessly, a preoccupation sort of like cast, reel, cast…etc.  Or else they crochet —-twirling their little stick hooks over and over and…..

I like to walk around and people-watch.  Sometimes the action is on the water–such as watching pelicans diving. Or else families set up barbecues, playing bossa nova music, while the kids chase each other, round and round and ……

Sometimes I come across strange sights such as when a group of chairs were set up in rows, on the beach, facing the water, with white covers, waiting for a wedding to start. Just one person had arrived so far.   That fellow  was standing in front of the chairs, back to the water, practicing  a speech to his imaginary audience.

After a day of relaxing, I find that  activity to be quite exhausting.

 

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Sanibel Island Farmers Market: The best!  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Feb. 11, 2018. © Click to enlarge.

FATS WALLER “The Sheik of Araby”

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Captiva Island, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo . February, 2015.©

Captiva Island, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo . February, 2015.© Click to enlarge.  ©

LEE WILEY   “Oh Look at Me Now” was written in 1941 and was first recorded by Frank Sinatra.

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Gulf of Mexico. 3/6/17.   Sanibel Island is known for sea shelling. Discoveries are made every day. The National Sea Shell Museum is there. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

THE BEACH BOYS:

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Off the Sanibel Island Causeway. Morning, Feb 26, 2017 © Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Off the Sanibel Island Causeway. Morning, Feb 26, 2017 © Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Wind surfer #2 Blogfinger photo. ©

Wind surfer #2 Blogfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge any of these photos.

Wrapping it up. Blogfinger photo © 2/26/17.

Wrapping it up. Blogfinger photo © 2/26/17.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

They are a group of about eight friends who met on this beautiful Sunday morning, for a session of wind surfing.  The group meets at various locations where conditions might be ideal.  They told me that the winds were good for about one hour this morning, just enough time to form a line and catch the breezes as they surfed around in a big continuous circle, like sail boats do.   It is a strenuous sport, and you have to be in good condition; the surfers were a mix of men and women of varied ages.

I watched their session as the wind caught their colorful sales and propelled them at high speed through the calm surf. It wasn’t easy to stay afloat.

I got a chance to take some photos, then, as they reorganized on shore, we chatted for a while.  One of them, a professional piano tuner, gave me her card. I promised to send them some photos, which I did.

They all seemed to have a wonderful fun time. They were laughing and chatting away on the beach as they explained how good this sport made them feel. One of them said, “It’s a great workout.”

DON CHERRY AND WILLIE NELSON

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Mermaid comes ashore.  Paul Goldfinger photo. Sanibel Island, Fla. c.2014 ©

Mermaid portrait.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Sanibel Island, Fla. c.2014 ©

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST OF THE LITTLE MERMAID:

 

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Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinge ©

Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to improve the view..

EDWARD STRAUSS  From Guys and Dolls

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Sanibel Island, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. 2003.

Sanibel Island, Fla. By Paul Goldfinger. 2003.  Click to enlarge.  Silver gelatin print by the photographer. ©

JOHN RUTTER WITH THE CAMBRIDGE SINGERS AND THE CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA:  “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

 

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Captiva Island, Florida. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Captiva Island, Florida. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left for full view.

ART FARMER (1928-1999)  made an album in 1958 with the great pianist Bill Evans. It is called “Modern Art.” The group consists of Art Farmer on trumpet,  Bill Evans on piano, Benny Golson on tenor sax, Addison Farmer on bass and Dave Bailey on drums.  

The song “Like Someone in Love” was written in 1944 for a film called “Belle of the Yukon.”  Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music, and Johnny Burke—the lyrics. This is one of the great love songs of all time, but you won’t hear the lyrics on this version.    Being an old saxman, I love the interplay between the sax and the trumpet early in the song. Listen for it.

—-Paul Goldfinger  (reposted from August 2013 on Blogfinger)

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