In Tampa Bay is Anna Maria island, a small shoal surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Gulf.  Shaded by Australian pine trees.  Brandenton Beach is one of the lovely highlights.  My mother and her friends Mary and Biruta, her boyfriend Walter, and I decided to visit this small town known for its fishing piers, sugar-sand beaches and quaint strip of locally owned shops and restaurants.

First we stopped off at the shimmering beach to take pictures.

Biruta V and Me
Anna Maria Island

       There was an art festival right on the shore, we decided to peruse the local wares of wood, metal, and fabric.  My mother found some unique hand-crafted necklaces.   It was a perfect 65 degree day, so we opted to eat lunch outside at a tiki hut cafe.  I bet my friends back in Boston were very jealous.   The food turned out to be bland and over-priced but the ocean view was especially lovely,  as we got to watch dolphins frolicking in the water.

Lunch on the Beach with Mary and Mary

Later we walked on the beach, though were somewhat intimidated by the dune patrol, seen below.  We made it out unscathed, capping off a pretty wonderful week in Florida.   Please comment and subscribe!

Stay Off the Dunes

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  1. Looking at the island through your eyes is like looking at an enchanted place! Your photos are fantastic, especially the dolphins. You really should be doing travel pieces!

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