Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander Columnsen-usFri, 24 Nov 2017 06:07:57 EDTFri, 24 Nov 2017 06:07:57 EDT Shocked: An ode to crankiness think flowers are overrated.Yes, they're colorful and pleasant to look at.But think of all the work that goes into growing flowers.As a city boy, I rarely had an opportunity to view a flower garden let alone grow one.My world was street games.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDTLiving Sanibel: Lakes Regional Park the pizzas, ice cream, hot dogs, and surrey rentals, a naturalist might be quick to dismiss Lakes Regional Park as more of a family recreational park than a place to commune with natur.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDTIn the Garden: Bald cypress: Sentinel of the swamp bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a native deciduous conifer that plays a highly important ecological role in the Florida environment.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDTOn the Water: Warm days results in some good fishing weather continued through the week bringing anglers good fishing opportunities despite weekend winds that roughed up the waters. The catch of the week was cobia, as a few were reported on the inshore waters and good numbers offshore.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDTFaces on Faith: Many thanks I was confronted with my own ingratitude. I sensed a gentle prompting from the loving Spirit of God to create a "Thanksgivings" board. For 10 days I added 50 "thanksgivings" each morning. It was life-transforming.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT