It’s been a hot summer with little rain. Most days looked like this. Sunny with no real chance of rain (at least the rain lowers heat). I went out early for a short walk on the causeway, hoping for a breeze.
The water was so clear you could see the little bait fish swimming in between the old concrete pillars.
The north side of the causeway has never been nice but now it’s really full of dead seaweed. I wonder if this is part of that big 5,000 miles of sargassum seaweed that was floating out in the Atlantic Ocean and heading for Florida.
Walking over the bridge I was almost eye level with the terns diving for fish.
The south side of the causeway was nice and clear.
A kiteboarder goes cruising by.
After my walk I headed over to the marina to see if there were any dolphins or manatees swimming by.
A pelican sits on the corner of the pier and for a short while no one was bothering him.
I could see a dolphin fin breaking the water (just below the red sign) but I couldn’t find him again after I snapped this. He must have turned around and headed out under water.
My favorite great egret was there on the floating dock, trying to catch bait fish through the hole.
There’s a live camera on top of the restaurant next to the pier (it has a minute or two delay). I pulled it up on my phone and screen shot the above of me standing there leaning on the pier (in the blue shirt on the right). I had the pier all to myself this morning, no fishermen or joggers stopping by.
It was the end of May and still not much rain which meant it was beautiful out on the Dunedin causeway. I pulled over for a quick walk and then pulled out my beach chair and tried to read a book but I was too distracted by the view.
Eventually clouds started move in and I could see it raining far out past Honeymoon Island.
Heading home I could see that they finally finished painting another turtle on the other side of the water tower.
The clouds right before I got home looked interesting so I stopped at the Oldsmar pier.
I could see rain in the direction of my home (we did get a quick shower).
There was a big storm far out in the bay coming from Tampa and heading towards Clearwater. I was hoping for a rainbow and waited a while until hunger won out and I headed home for lunch.
I was heading for another chiropractor appointment in Ybor City early one morning and I saw a Mom with her babies standing in the middle of the road. I drove down the road they were on and they were not going to move. Since I had a few minutes before my appointment I pulled over into a parking spot and got out and shooed them back on to the sidewalk. They reluctantly allowed me to move them over.
At first they all ran and hide under Mom.
Then the babies started to wander around nearby.
After my quick appointment I drove back down the street and there they were, back in the middle of the street again. I guess they feel like they own the streets (they are protected here) and spend a lot of time in them. I was just being a tourist trying to shoo them over to the sidewalk.
I found another Mom nearby with several bigger babies.
The boys were still strutting around in the same spot as last week.
This Mom had 6 babies.
Driving down the main street (7th Avenue) at 9:30 in the morning, most of the restaurants and shops had not opened up yet.
It was late April and I headed out looking for some storms that were in the forecast. We were desperate for rain. The ponds were all dried up and the lakes were so low. Our grass was turning brown and we were only allowed to water once a week. My first stop was the Dunedin marina where the clouds were just coming in but didn’t look like rain clouds.
My next stop was the Dunedin causeway and by that point the clouds were clearing up and the expected rain didn’t happen.
I was heading up to Chinsegut Wildlife area in mid-March on a sunny cool morning. I got there early and decided to drive a lap around the nearby McKethan Lake recreation area. It’s a small park with a nice drive that runs around the lake and I didn’t think I would see much wildlife but I was just enjoying the quiet morning. I have heard this park gets pretty packed in the summer.
The sun had just come up over the trees and there was mist lingering over the lake.
The water level was really low due to the drought we have been having.
I found this cute bridge that takes you over to the picnic area.
There was only a few other people here this early in the morning.
I had to stop and get some shots of the goats near the road on the way back.
I was heading down to St. Pete and stopped by Crescent Lake Park to see if there were any white pelicans still hanging around. They usually spend a few weeks here in the winter but it’s hit or miss whether they are here or floating in the nearby bay. When I first got out of the car I noticed a few scattered around the lake.
Then I noticed more hanging out in the shade under the big banyan tree. They were all busy preening so they must have just finished a morning swim.
I heard something over my head and looked up and saw this starling sitting in a hole. He might have been checking out the hole for future nesting spots.
This ring billed gull was swimming in the shade near the white pelicans. His red accents really popped in the shade.
After snapping the white pelicans I headed down toward North Shore Park and saw this big tree blooming so I had to pull over and take a shot. This was in mid-February and I had missed it’s full peak but it was still pretty.
All was quiet on the little beach on the bay.
One more stop just south of the St. Pete pier before heading to my chiropractor who’s office is nearby. It was a beautiful cool morning out and was worth leaving an hour early.
I had to get out of the house so I went for a short mini walk in late January at the Dunedin marina and the fog started rolling in. It started out sunny but got foggy pretty quickly.
Standing on the pier, looking back into the marina, I could see the sun trying to stay out. It cast a sleepy glow back on land.
Out in the water I would see a fog bow.
The usual docile birds were hanging out on the pier.
The sea fog kept rolling in and getting thicker as I was leaving.
I love these foggy winter mornings. It’s quiet and most people stay in when it’s like this. Right after Christmas I went out for a walk at the nearby Oldsmar pier. It was so damp that if felt like I was walking through a cool shower.
I then headed over to the Dunedin marina for a quick walk. The fog was almost gone but dark clouds had moved in and it started to drizzle.
I stopped at the Safety Harbor fishing pier on the way home (a slightly long detour) and the sun was trying to peek through.
I have been to the fishing pier at Safety Harbor a million times but I had never been in the hotel next door. I pass it as I’m doing my walk but I never stop in. I had heard their Christmas decorations in the lobby were pretty so I decided to check it out. It’s a fairly small lobby but still had a lot of history in it. One of these days I might have to eat at the restaurant here.