By the Sea

 

I just returned from a long weekend on the west coast of Florida.  We stayed at the beautiful LaPlaya Resort on the white sugar shore of the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s sea turtle nesting season, so our eco-friendly resort asked all guests to respect the nests that lined the beach, and to pull the heavy black-out drapes in our rooms each evening at sunset so the only light on the coast would be that of the moon.  I felt such joy at seeing new nests each morning when my husband and I walked the shoreline.  It was so inspirational to spend time in a resort that celebrated my beloved sea turtles in their décor, their conservation efforts, and in the education of their guests.  This wasn’t our first stay at the LaPlaya, and it definitely won’t be our last.  Their eco-friendly operation is part of the pull that keeps us coming back—much like the mysterious pull that brings sea turtles back to their home beach to nest.

 “Lemon-Lime”–Watercolor–Painted in my sketchbook while sitting on the balcony at the LaPlayaImage

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