Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2011 ~ Restoration on Anna Maria Island

Beach Restoration on Anna Maria Island

A few weeks ago at the end of Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria Island the beach served as a parking lot for very large equipment used to move sand around and restore our beaches. This was done just ahead of turtle nesting season. There have already been four turtle nests found and marked just as we dip into season. But I have witnessed other kinds of restoration taking place where the shore meets the waves. On Sunday there was a baptism for 37 people at the south end of the Island and for many this was a time for restoration of their souls. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2011 ~ Restoration on Anna Maria Island

Silhouttes at Sunset~3~25~11~ Kip from AMI Fitness on Anna Maria Island

Kip pressing the sunset on Anna Maria Island

Meet Kip…owner and my trainer at AMI Fitness on Anna Maria Island. Don’t confuse Kip with others on the Island…he is the true master of trainers and wanting the best for his clientele. I have belonged to three different gyms on the Island and his is by far the best in terms of equipment and reaching out to those that need assistance with classes, training or just getting acquainted with the equipment. Kip provides a wide variety of equipment to meet all of your needs. The staff is so friendly and always happy to lend advise or answer your questions. Continue reading Silhouttes at Sunset~3~25~11~ Kip from AMI Fitness on Anna Maria Island

Silhouetts at Sunset ~ 2~18~11 ~ Strolling Through Sunbeams

Anna Maria Island Sunset Ride

Have you ever watched someone walk through the sunbeam just before sunset as the light dances across the gulf on Anna Maria Island? Many of my subjects are caught passing through the sun’s rays and become almost motionless for just a brief moment. Right now we are seeing weather in the upper 70’s to low 80’s and our sunsets have been nothing less than spectacular this week. When you have gazed at as many sunsets as I have you are taught many life lessons as you become one with nature. Have you ever noticed that you cannot rush a sunset? We come to the sunset and must let it’s timing be ours. It is so aligned with the heavens that it is possible to know the exact cycle of the sunset and the moon. Continue reading Silhouetts at Sunset ~ 2~18~11 ~ Strolling Through Sunbeams

Silhouettes At Sunset ~ New Years Eve ~ 2010

Sunset Love on Anna Maria Island

Promises of a beautiful sunset on Anna Maria Island on New Years Eve were in the late afternoon sky as I watched clouds clear and the water calm. This gave me reason to grab my camera and  head gulf side to the beach. Just as I arrived I noticed a couple standing at the surf wrapped in the glow of the sunset and each other so my silhouettes were in place. The sunset that would unfold was nothing short of amazing. It was as though the sky had been brushed with scarlet and golden tones and the colors ran across the water to the shore. Gian Carlo and Ivelisse had positioned themselves to become a part of the magic. Gian Carlo is originally from Venezuela and Ivelisse is from Cuba. The two met in college in Lakeland, FL seven years ago and both became music majors. Gian Carlo is now an orchestra director and Ivelisse is a lawyer.  Four months ago their friendship turned into much more.
When you watch such a couple become one with the sunset it becomes obvious how romantic a sunset can be when shared with just the right person. New Years Eve may have been the mark for many couples who are beginning a new relationship and testing the waters of love. Whether it be long distance or best friends I am sure new love was sparked across the globe as friends gathered to ring in 2011. Or perhaps you decided to take the next step in your relationship as you charted out your New Year’s resolutions. Thank you to my silhouettes tonight as I witnessed the connection they shared with the sunset as their backdrop. Who knows…maybe we will see them taking the next step and planning a beach wedding on Anna Maria Island.  Please enjoy the sunset and click on the photos to enlarge them. Island Real Estate wishes you all a Happy New Year for 2011!

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ melinda@annamariasunset.com ~ Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas please feel free to contact me for all of your real estate needs. Start 2011 off right and come to Anna Maria Island and fall in love…she has been waiting for you!

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 11~26~2010 ~ A Time To Be Thankful On Anna Maria Island

Sunset through the Pines on Anna Maria Island
Sylvia from the UK sharing a sunset!

Thanksgiving is a time for each of us to count our blessings and living on Anna Maria Island is where it all starts for me. We have just enjoyed a Thanksgiving week with weather in the 80’s. We have topped off every day with stunning sunsets experienced with family and friends. My gratitude begins with my family and dear friends and extends to my job and the place I call home…Anna Maria Island. Anyone fortunate enough to live here will tell you how we exist in one of the most beautiful settings anywhere…living in a peaceful and healing environment. There seems to be such an ability to feel balanced when surrounded  by nature at her finest. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 11~26~2010 ~ A Time To Be Thankful On Anna Maria Island

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 10-10-10 ~ Fall and Football on Anna Maria Island


Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Fall Sunset on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is experiencing beautiful fall weather. We are actually feeling a soft nip in the air. Crisp blue skies usually usher in stunning sunsets and sunsets are to Anna Maria what Denard Robinson is the the MI Wolverines. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ 10-10-10 ~ Fall and Football on Anna Maria Island

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ July 29, 2010 ~ A Slice of Heaven!

Anna Maria Island ~ Total Relaxation

What are your thoughts when you see a hammock tied between two Australian Pines on a sultry late afternoon on Anna Maria Island? My idea of a good time is to climb into the hammock and have one of my grand kids gently rock me back and forth while sipping a Jimmy Buffet Margarita  in anticipation of the pending sunset! I believe there would be no need for blood pressure medicine or stress tabs.  Most likely I would totally forget the previous hours spent at work or dealing with bills that are due or unruly store clerks or being cut off in traffic! That would all just melt away in the possibility of seeing the green flash. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ July 29, 2010 ~ A Slice of Heaven!

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Rainbows and Manatees ~ June 20, 2010

Swimming with Manatees on Anna Maria Island
Swimming with Manatees on Anna Maria Island

Today was just like any other typical tropical evening on Anna Maria Island as I set out with my camera to shoot a sunset…or so I thought! The beaches were packed with visitors lazily relaxing in beach chairs partly in the gulf water or floating in the water in an effort to cool themselves.   Even though it was late in the day on Father’s Day everyone had chosen to remain at the beach to witness another incredible sunset on Anna Maria. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ Rainbows and Manatees ~ June 20, 2010

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ June 2, 2010 ~Anna Maria Island

A family sunset on Anna Maria Island
A family sunset on Anna Maria Island

Once again it is time to soak up another amazing sunset on Anna Maria Island. This particular night was no exception as the clouds hovered around the sun to create spectacular hues as the sun’s colors bled into the sky. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ June 2, 2010 ~Anna Maria Island

Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2010 ! Breeding Season

Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns
Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns

The different species of terns and gulls are actively breeding on Anna Maria Island. The Royal Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish and offers his fish to the female as part of the courtship display. After dancing in circles and rubbing beaks and chests they begin to breed. Continue reading Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2010 ! Breeding Season