Little Gasparilla Island, Florida: a Photojournal

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida: paradise

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. – unknown

This was me all last week (below). Toes in sand, sun overhead, aquamarine waters stretched out as far as I could see.

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
Little Gasparilla Island, Florida

I spent a week on a small island south of Sarasota, Florida, for my boys’ spring break from school. When I planned it only weeks ago, I thought the island would be perfect, a way to get away from it all, a retreat. The island has no bridge, no stores, no restaurants — nothing but spread-out houses, sand, pristine water, a state park full of wildlife, and gazillions of shells.

We arrived by water taxi toting a week worth of food along with our other essentials. If my boys were worried about running out of food, I was even more nervous about getting it there — coolers, endless bags, enough to feed 3 teenage boys for the week — but we did it. It worked out. And truthfully, the week on Little Gasparilla was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever had.

The weather was dreamy: 75 – 85 every day, sunny, calm water. The sunsets were mesmerizing. And we even saw a manatee, who swam ever so slowly past my middle son as he stood on the sand bar. I am deeply grateful for the time there.

More than all of the aesthetics, though, the week was the retreat I needed. I’ve been going through probably the roughest patch of my life, and a beach, for me, is the place to begin to restore my soul.

So, enough words — on to the images, some of the favorite ones I took …

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida: a Photojournal

 

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
The most tranquil beach

 

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
Fishing

 

Black Skimmer birds, Little Gasparilla Island, FL
Colorful Black Skimmer shorebirds

 

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
the sunsets!

 

Little Gasparilla Island, FL
a palm silhouette, tranquility

 

Little Gasparilla Island, FL
Unspoiled beaches

 

Little Gasparilla Island, FL
Shorebirds in Reflections and Shadows, Black Skimmers

 

Little Gasparilla Island, FL
Ribbons of Color

 

Little Gasparilla, Island, Florida
the boardwalk out the back door

 

Little Gasparilla Island, Florida
quiet evenings, serene waters

 

Have you visited Little Gasparilla Island? Where is your favorite place to retreat, regroup, and restore?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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12 thoughts on “Little Gasparilla Island, Florida: a Photojournal

  1. Those are beautiful, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing. Your photographs never disappoint. Every summer, my family and I travel down to Anna Maria Island, Florida (about an hour south of Tampa). We love it down there. It’s not overrun with tourists, which is exactly what we look for–there’s no hunting and fighting for a tiny patch of sand on the beach. It’s perfect.

  2. I really enjoyed your quote and will add it to my collection. Such true words. And the beach, for me as well, provides healing and rejuvenation. Sorry to read you are experiencing difficulty…all I see ever is your lovely smile beside your words. Yours seems a perfect world from the outside. But perfection is a mirage and no one is immune to suffering. I wish you peace in every sense of the word…and healing for your heart. Be well.

    1. Felicia, your words of wisdom and peace are so helpful and kind. Thank you. You are right — no one is immune to suffering. I appreciate so much friendships to help in times like these. Thank you!

  3. I’m so glad you took that trip with your sons. That is exactly the type of gift we should be giving our children–lovely, happy memories of good times spent together. Please tell me you took “Gift From The Sea” (Lindbergh) with you. It is the perfect book for a restorative island getaway. Since I live in Utah, I love to escape to the mountains where I get a break from all of the have-to-dos of life. I usually read, play board games with family members, sit around a campfire at night, and marvel at a million more stars than I can see from the city.

    I too was sorry to read you are having a difficult spell. Hope things will soon right themselves in your life. Choose to look for the beauty in everything and count your blessings daily. (Hopefully that will help πŸ™‚

    1. Such wise words, and kindness. Thank you, Kim. Yes, board games (lots of the new Monopoly with the electronic debit cards — my sons love it!) and stars and sunsets and good books do wonders for a hurting soul. I appreciate your encouragement — yes, looking for the beauty and blessings, which are many. Thank you!

  4. Your photos evoke a sense of peace and serenity, which I hope will be reflected in all aspects of your life once this rough patch you are going through is over. Grace & Blessings.

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pheralyn. Peace and serenity are always so clear to me beside the ocean. Maybe that’s why I love the beach so much. πŸ™‚

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