Soft Morning, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7" x 5"
One day last week I took my coffee out to the patio, drawn by the call of a cardinal. I hadn't seen one for quite some time, but following the sound of their song, I found a pair darting from tree to tree. The male was bright red and his mate more somberly dressed. Just then the pecking of a red-bellied woodpecker on one of the large sabal palms drew my attention. There were two of them! Just past the sable, a snowy egret was having breakfast in the vacant lot next door. Moving closer, I saw a small flock of young ibis searching out food in the water-filled swale by the road. To top it off, an osprey was fishing over the bay.
It amazed me to see such a wealth and variety of bird life in the space of a few moments right from my small patio in a nearly urban area! Living close to nature is one of the best reasons to live on Marco Island.
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