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. As I headed north with the skies dark with clouds to the east a double rainbow appeared back towards the bay side of the Island. Scott, who was headed back from celebrating Father’s Day with his dad in St. Pete said he saw them from there and they seemed to loop over the Skyway Bridge. As I turned to head back south I saw what I thought to be a large pod of dolphins playing not too far out in the Gulf of Mexico. But just as I came around a bend I noticed a gathering of people standing just ankle deep in the water. And there she was just sitting in the shallow water, a large manatee who had just been mating and was too tired to move on with the group. I walked right into the water, shoes and all! I was not about to miss the opportunity to give a gentle rub on her back. I was told there had been nine of them in the area all afternoon swimming along side of the people in the water. They said they would come right up to you and brush by you. Wildlife and Mote Marine came to check on her and they will watch her to make sure she is only resting and not injured. Everyone stood and watched her for the longest time and she was ever so gentle.  An experience like that is a beautiful memory that will stay with those who were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. What an amazing walk with an amazing sunset. Father’s Day had almost come to an end and on this day a year ago I lost my sister to cancer. I think she helped with tonight’s production and I know she was smiling on the other side of the sunset. Please enjoy the sunset and remember to click on the gallery pictures then click again to enlarge them.

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ ~ Whether buying or selling real estate on Anna Maria Island please feel free to contact me with all of your real estate needs. Tonight was an experience that will last a lifetime. Maybe it is time for you to start collecting such wonderful memories on Anna Maria Island with your family and friends. We are in fact the most quaint Island in the WORLD! Come dip your toes in our azure waters and swim with a manatee! See you soon!

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