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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{Sarasota Bay, Florida - Great Egret}

Some photos from our walk around Sarasota Bay, when we were staying at the +Hyatt Regency Sarasota 
Photos taken with my iPhone...
Shown here is the Great Egret or Casmerodius Albus. Family: Herons Ardeidae.
Or in Dutch also called 'Grote Zilverreiger'... 
Formerly known as the 'American Egret', 'Common Egret', 'Large Egret', 'White Egret', 'Great White Egret', and 'Great White Heron', its official name in North America is now Great Egret.
One of the most magnificent of our herons.
Great reflection of this majestic Great Egret but it soon took off and I wish we had the better camera with us...
Great Egret has a yellow bill and black legs.
The Great White Heron is white with yellow bill and legs and is called Grote Witte Reiger in Dutch.
To us it didn't make any sense why the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at Sarasota Bay needed to be in a purplish color...? In our opinion, this is such a disturbing color in this natural Bay environment.
One can only wonder about this eye sore and visual polution... as friend Tammy wrote about in her blog posts about a similar case (see below post).
The entire Performing Arts Hall also has mirrored glass.
That allowed us to take a selfie or better said; a 'we'-fie with our iPhone.
If from 1969 on this already has been purplish...?
For sure the building and its function is a tremendous asset to Sarasota City!
All in all we had a very interesting walk.

Related links:
Spring Break Has Sprung - blogpost about visual pollution in Kuwait - by friend Tammy from T's Daily Treasures
Sight for Sore Eyes - blogpost about artificial grass and colored pavement - by friend Tammy from T's Daily Treasures
{Sarasota Bay, Florida - Anhinga} | next post about our stay at Hyatt Regency and Bay walk               
{Sarasota, Florida - Hyatt Regency} | previous post about our stay at Hyatt Regency
Sarasota Bay | Info about this coastal lagoon in Florida, USA



52 comments:

  1. ooh, have to agree on the color being a bit too abrupt.

    love those egrets! you caught his reflection, too. :)

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    1. Thank you Theresa! Yes, the Old World word is Great White Heron and here they are also called Egrets.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. que lindo paseo a Florida amiga querida ! disfruta del buen clima y que tengas un buen comienzo de semana
    besos
    Angelica

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    1. Querida Angélica,
      Estamos en casa, pero esto fue un grato momento en Florida durante nueve días. Más en otros puestos de trabajo. Feliz semana para ti.
      Cariñosamente,
      Mariette

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  3. Sounds like a fabulous place to explore! Great "We-fie" ... hugs and blessings, Celia M. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Yeah to walk along the Sarasota Bay area is so lovely and the wildlife is fascinating.
      We had to laugh at those mirrored windows so the 'We-fie' got born...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Dearest Mariette,
    wonderful pirctures, even when you amde them with yourt iphone :O)
    It sounds like a really interesting place, where you have been! Love the photo with you and Pieter on :O)
    Have a wonderful new week,
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia
    P.S. Still no letter arrived .....

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      We both felt lucky for having the iPhone in our pocket... At times you just want to walk without anything with you.
      Both of us love Florida, especially its nature.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      Wonder why that takes such a long time since May 31!

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    2. Dearest Mariette,
      yes, for this it is so good to have an iPhone ... should get one too ;O)
      Love and hugs,
      Claudia
      P.S. Did you get my mail, that post arrived finally?

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    3. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes I did get your mail (2x) and am happy it reached you safely!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    ZAUBERHAFT SCHÖN!

    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, davon geniessen wir beide auch sehr!
      Liebe sonnige Grüsse zurück.
      Mariette

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  6. Hello Mariette, At first I thought that something had gone wrong with the color balance of your camera. This building (an arts center, no less) is a far cry from those small pastel-colored houses that one often sees in tropical areas.

    The good side is that this emphasizes the beauty that is all around in Sarasota. There is something thrilling about sighting those big water birds. Taiwan has lots of them; supposedly the island is on a lot of migration paths.
    --

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      It almost made our eyes hurt indeed but it certainly will draw lots of people to that beautiful Bay area where one still can observe the big water birds. Enjoy yours and stay well!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,
    gern bin ich mit auf den Spaziergang gegangen. Bei uns stehen keine Palmen, deshalb sehen wir sie gern anderorts. Das violette Gebäude fällt auf in dieser Farbe...ob darum so angemalt worden ist? :-)
    Euer Selfie ist toll!

    Herzliche Grüsse
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Ja, besonders Palmen wärmen einem das Herz. Wir lebten und arbeiteten ja für 3 Jahre in Indonesien und da vermisst man die Palmen sehr! Wir haben nur eine hier zu hause aber doch, es ist schön. Ja weswegen so ein violettes Gebäude?
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  8. Grappig de reigers zijn hier meestal grijs, in Florida zijn ze zeker gebleekt door de zon.
    Vond nog een artikel op een ander blog over de soccer football verwarring.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/06/why_do_we_call_it_soccer.html
    Groetjes Marianne

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, hier in de USA wordt fervent football gespeeld maar dat is afgeleid van het orignele engelse rugby. Denk dat ze het daarom ook Soccer noemen om het grote verschil aan te duiden. Maar iedereen is in de ban!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  9. Υou are right, this color is aweful for an entire building like this one! What a nice couple you are, I like this look! The white heron is so elegant and gorgeous!

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      Thank you and yes, the building looked almost disturbing in this environment.
      Love those big water birds!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dear Mariette,what a lovely egret bird!!I saw on our beach an egret bird in September!!They are so beautiful and elegant birds!You sure enjoyed your visit in Sarasota!!Wonderful pictures of you and Pietre!!
    Have a lovely week!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Glad you got to see one too, they are indeed very elegant and so big.
      Enjoy your week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. First of all, your 'we'-fie is GORGEOUS and great couple♡♡♡ (ha ha, I needed to check the word selfie, and got what you mean) Wonderful picture of white heron and its reflection♪♪♪
    Whum, I think I will agree with your opinion for the color...

    Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my friend in America Mariette, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you, we could not resist to take this 'we'-fie!
      Oh such words as selfie are hard to find in a dictionary as languages keep adding on new words with time.
      The Great White Heron is a majestic water bird.
      Hugs and love back from Georgia/USA,
      Mariette

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  12. That building is very Purple. It certainly stand out. Love your photo of the Heron.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Thank you, we were quite surprised to see this Great White Heron so nearby! The building is very disturbing... Its function might be great but not its looks.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Dearest Mariette....Like some of your other readers I initially thought you were having color balance problems. What a strange color to choose. I like 'we'file much better than 'selfie'!
    Enjoy the week ahead.....*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzy,
      Thank you and sure that color building was no great sight in such a beautiful surrounding.
      A 'we'-fie is better than all those ego-gratifying and self promoting selfies.
      Hugs and happy week to you.
      Mariette

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  14. Liebe Mariette,
    auch wenn die Fotos mit dem iphone gemacht wurden, sind sie doch wunderschön.
    Vor allen Dingen die Reiher gefallemir.
    Liebe Grüße schickt dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Danke, es sind für uns beide immer schöne Erinnerungen.
      Um so ein grosser Reiher zu sehen ganz nah ist selten.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  15. The building does look a bit too purple... It might look better in lighter color.
    The photos of Great White Heron are wonderful! He is a true beauty :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, when it would be softer it might have worked better... We were thrilled to come upon this Great White Heron as soon as we came around the bend. Not very shy at all!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Dearest Mariette,
    What a lovely heron you had the chance to shoot!!! And your 'we-fie' is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As for the purple building..........no comment!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a nice week!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      It sure was a lovely Heron and this was taken at 6:45 PM so we got very lucky!
      In certain settings colored buildings look very nice but here in such a natural environment it looked so odd.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you, it is my pleasure for sharing!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. The heron is lovely and walking is great but that purple building. Ugh! We actually have some purple homes here and I think they are just ghastly. I'm all for different, but it should be in the architecture, not in the color. :) Have a great week. Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      We did enjoy this walk very much, just what one needs for unwinding after a hectic drive from Orlando to Sarasota. Nature alwasy works so calming. But even for a color-blind person like Pieter this was disturbing.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  19. P.S. Thanks for the mention. I still shake my head when we pass the awful gaudy walking path with all its bright colors and fake grass. Ugh!

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Oh, you are quite welcome! Too bad we cannot change anything about it...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Hello Mariette,
    I really envy you this trip to Florida, that is really envy you this trip to Florida, it is one of the places I love most of all those I have visited so far.
    How wonderful to have this egret-heron (LOL!) on your doorstep!
    And geeee... yes the Performing Arts Hall's color is quite shocking, let's hope they rethink it one day!
    I am having problems again with some of my friends who are not able to post a comment anymore.... What a dilemma this comment system.
    Keep well and bring more of your interesting pics!


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    1. Dearest Noushka,
      For sure one would love to go to the locations where you shoot your fabulous nature photos!
      We enjoy it very much to walk in nature; away from traffic and people...
      Great White Heron is more the formal Old World language I guess and here it is also called Egret. Whichever; it was a majestic and tall water bird.
      Hope you did not revert back to the dreaded Word Verification...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Hello dear Mariette

    I agree! However, architects and designers are always pushing the boundaries and wanting to be the next "big thing".
    I look to old buildings in Europe, Italy and Greece in particular designed by the Masters.
    And to the pretty terracotta roofed houses in the villages all through France, Italy and beyond for seemlessly blending in with the landscape.

    A lovely "wefie" of you both!
    Hugs

    Shane

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    1. Dearest Shane,
      Indeed, one can marvel at the beauty we find in France, Italy or Spain and even Greece. Blending in with its surroundings. That is pleasing to the eye instead of such a shocking contrast that works negatively.
      Yeah, a we-fie instead of a selfie.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. I agree, the purple is very intrusive, and really does not blend at all with the environment. Maybe that was the intention when they decided on the exterior paint.

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      If they intended to draw attention; they certainly reached that goal!
      Nevertheless, we enjoyed our walk!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Dear Mariette,
    You have taken a beautiful photo of the Great White Heron - it must have been a thrill to see it! It certainly is a puzzle that the building would be painted purple. Purple was a very popular color in that year, as I recall. I had a purple coat and purple suede shoes ( I was in high school), and Jimi Hendrix had a popular song called 'Purple Haze'. Perhaps that contributed to the choice of colors at that time. I painted my bedroom purple, too - but I hated it and painted it yellow. (smile)
    I love your new blog header - your home is like an enchanted cottage.
    Hugs xo
    Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Thank you, that Great White Heron stood there as soon as we came around the bend... Big surprise!
      We can't tell if this is the original color from 1969 or if this great idea originated in later years.
      You are right, I too had a self crocheted mini-dress in two shades of purple.
      Thank you, we are enjoying our ever changing patio garden. You too know how we baby plants and keep adding and creating.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. Sweet Mariette,

    I have been visiting Sarasota for 40+ years now and the beautiful wildlife just can't be beat. What a joy it must have been for you to see this beautiful egret perched and ready for a meal at your hotel. It's always fun to observe their hunting techniques.

    I have always thought that the color of Van Wezel leaves much to be desired. I guess it really stands out. My parents live across the bay on Longboat Key and the purple building can't be missed. A more subtle color in my opinion would be appropriate. That said, I know the performance hall features wonderful shows.

    Love your 'we'-fie! Such a handsome couple!

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    1. Dearest Julie,
      What a lovely place for your parents to live, we for sure will go back for another stay and for more days as we also plan to attend some cultural events. No doubt that the Van Wezel's function is a great one for the region!
      Thanks for your visit and kind words.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. I think you coined a new phrase, Mariette (we-fie) - hilarious! Love the heron photos. It's one of my favorite birds - so elegant and nonchalant about wading in the swamps. xo

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thank you and that we-fie came so spontaneous as I never make any selfies...
      We were in awe about Sarasota Bay and will be back as soon as we have enough points for several free nights at the Hyatt Regency.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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