20 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 53


Caryl and I went to the Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada for the first time today.

And probably the last time.

It's not on the water...which in itself is not a disaster, but after they:
[1] brought Caryl the wrong drink [seltzer instead of tonic]
[2] gave us a sandwich in a roll one could pound nails with
[3] made us wait 20 minutes for desert to arrive, and then
[4] brought a wrong desert...

...we'd had it.

Of course, we have to try new restaurants once in a while...and the word on this place had been good...but we'd have been much better off going back to one of our favorites: Snappers. Lorelei, Lazy Days...and they're on the water.

However, the restaurant was right next door to one of the Wyland Galleries.

Located at 81219 Overseas Highway in Islamorada, the Galleries display the work of Wyland, an artist who does lots of water-themed work...even paints entire buildings, covering them with fish, dolphins, and coral.

If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you'll get a much better idea of his subjects and the vivid colors and strokes with which he paints.

Other artists are featured at the Galleries as well.

Here's a detail cropped from the photo immediately above this one.

For more infomation on Wyland Galleries go to: http://www.wylandkw.com/


The normal average maximum temperature for Islamorada on 18 February is 77 degrees. The highest temperature here on Thursday was 63.


Winsted Woman Caught Fishing for WC Benefits?

"A Winsted woman who was videotaped hauling in a boat anchor while claiming to be too badly injured to work as a department store greeter was arrested today on workers' compensation fraud charges.
"CHARLOTTE M. PADEN, age 51, of…Winsted, was charged with one each count of Perjury and Fraudulent Receipt or Claim of Benefits. The charges are felonies carrying a maximum possible total sentence of 25 years in prison.
"According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Ms. Paden was assigned in 2008 to work on light duty as a door greeter for Wal-Mart following work-related injuries in March 2005 and October 2006.
"Ms. Paden claimed she was in too much pain to continue working as a door greeter in 2009, although in May of that year she was observed on a fishing trip casting a fishing pole, twisting and bending over the side of a boat to haul up the anchor, the warrant alleges.
"In June 2009, she claimed at a deposition that she was unable to move without a cane for support and that her ability to stand, kneel and lift was difficult, the warrant states.
* Source: State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice


Dolphins Provide Clues to Human Health Issues

“A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or seafood.

“Dolphins and humans are both mammals, and their diet includes much of the same seafood that we consume. “



Tying One On…Fly-Fishing-Wise

“Unlike freshwater flies, which imitate insects, saltwater flies are artful creations that resemble bait fish, intended of course to attract striped bass, false albacore, bonito and bluefish.”



Adding Weight to Fly Patterns

“You see a flash in the water ahead, and a fish suddenly materializes, cruising down an edge in search of food. Your reactions are instinctive. Judging the distance and angle just right, you lay out a beautiful cast only two feet ahead of your quarry.

“The fly settles into the water and slowly drifts beneath the surface. Everything's playing out perfectly — or so you think. As the fly descends, the fish swims just underneath without even noticing.“

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters


Fly Selection…

“Unlike those which are mostly tied to resemble insects, nymphs and worms, many saltwater flies are tied to resemble small bait fish and crustaceans such as shrimps and crabs. There are hundreds of productive saltwater fly patterns but three of the most famous a beginner fly angler should never leave home without are the Lefty Deceiver, the Clouser Minnow and the Crazy Charlie.”

New Strats Times


Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

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