“Sunsets have been saturated with hues of color I didn’t know existed.”
The news-press recently covered a story about Southwest Florida local photographer, Andrew West, sharing his perspective of the beauty of Florida skies from behind his lens.
Summer storms are iconic in Southwest Florida. As a kid, my family and I would plan our days accordingly around the anticipated rains. We’d spend our mornings in the sun on a walk or at the beach. In the afternoons, we might take a trip to the grocery store, listening to the heavy rains on the store’s metal roof. It wouldn’t last long, after about an hour, you’d be greeted outside by cooler temperatures and steam rising from the pavement.
Perhaps my favorite way to pass the daily summertime storms was sitting and watching the view from my family’s kitchen window. Overlooking the San Carlos Bay, you could see skies darken with deep blues and oranges and the water turn almost florescent. The storms would roll in, providing quite the show, and sometimes, the summer storm’s edge would just barely touch the Sanibel Island’s shore.
Summer is one of the best times to be on Sanibel Island. Outside of the traditional “tourist season,” the island is free to roam. Traveling down the tree canopied roads by car is a breeze, the beach is your personal oasis, and bike paths are yours to conquer.
Also, in addition to providing cool, welcomed relief from the Florida sun, the summer rainy season produces some of the most stunning heat lightning and sunsets.