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Photo by Scott Norris

A pair of red-bellied woodpeckers have a nest in one of the palm trees on the southwest corner of the Ocean’s Reach pool.  Scott captured this charming photo of one playing “peek-a-boo” with our guests. 

Interested in some woodpecker trivia?

  • There are more than 180 species of woodpeckers worldwide.
  • Most woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet,
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Significant Otters

Look who popped up in the Ocean’s Reach pond last week!

Longtime guest Scott Norris captured a number of wonderful images on his latest visit here from Indianapolis, so much so that we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blogs to the amazing photos he shared with us.

First up are these “significant otters,” who are just as cute as can be!

Just how lovable are they?   » Read more

Art in the Gardens

Each spring, creativity blossoms at the annual Art in the Gardens exhibit at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Teachers and students from throughout Southwest Florida use their artistic talents — along with recycled and unusual materials — to create spectacularly unique sculptures that are displayed throughout the historic estate gardens.

This year, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the program, students will be tasked with creating patriotic-themed outdoor sculptures.  » Read more

Earth Day on Sanibel

Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.

On April 22,1970, more than 20 million Americans took to streets, parks and college campuses in massive coast-to-coast rallies to protest against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife realized they shared common values.  » Read more

Encore! Encore!

When we talked with Frank M., our longtime guest from Groton Point, CT whose artwork we featured yesterday, he also shared a song he wrote for his lovely bride, Cynthia, as a Christmas present in 1994.

Even to this day, it’s easy to see that their love is still melodious!

By the way, it’s a big year for this wonderful couple —  » Read more

The Art of Music

What happens when visual artists depict how music feels or what it means to them? Can art express the nuances of music?

Imagine our delight when we learned that one of our favorite longtime guests, Frank M. from Groton Point, CT, had submitted a painting for the recent Art of Music exhibit at BIG ARTS. Frank, who has been coming to Ocean’s Reach since the 1970s(!),  » Read more

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