Clearwater sights

The Saturday after Thanksgiving I took my sisters over to the beach for a walk before lunch. We walked around the marina and stopped in some of the gift shops there.

Later on that day we walked on the causeway from Clearwater to Tampa and watched the sun go down before heading home for dinner.

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Fun morning at Fort Desoto

“Don’t go in there” said the lizard. “I had beans for lunch.”

Even the cactus were looking crispy from lack of rain.

On the fishing pier, the pelican stole the fish from the cormorant.

Flyby on the pier.

Cormorant with an itch.

Rush hour traffic in the gulf.

It was a windy morning so the kiteboarders were out.

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Is summer over yet?

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Not for us down here in central Florida. September is one of the hottest months because we usually don’t get the afternoon summer rains to cool down.  It’s a perfect time to start heading back to the beach since most of the tourist are gone after Labor Day.  On a nice quiet Saturday morning, all that’s left are sea oats and ghost crabs.

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Hanging out at the marina

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During our vacation trip to Key West, we spent a lot of time at the marina. It was a 10 minute walk from our hotel. The first morning we walked over to catch the ferry to the Dry Tortugas. The first 3 pictures were taken from the top deck of the ferry before we left, around 8am. The next morning we walked back over to catch a catamaran to go out sailing for the morning. We also walked over for dinner several nights. It was very quiet in the morning but crowded later at night.

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Right before spring break at the beach.



The laughing gulls were pairing up. Chasing each other and fighting over the ladies.


Young herring gull with a snack.


Blurry picture of a barn swallow. These guys rarely sit still. I saw him from across the lagoon.


The dolphins were active this Saturday morning.


Heading towards the pier.


One of the bird steward volunteers at the park. He was checking out the roped off area for nesting birds. They work on keeping the tourist out of the nesting area and answer questions about the birds.


Rush hour  traffic in the bay.


Having fun on a boat ride.

A few things at Fort Desoto Park in mid-March.

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Tarpon Springs – Skywatch Friday


The sign you first see when you turn down the famous sponge dock road.


Cool old boats. It amazes me that most of these boats are still in use. Some of them look like they may sink any minute.


Tourist photo opp – the statue of the sponge diver in the middle of the sponge docks.


One of the best tourist stores on the street.


More boats at the dock. On a Sunday morning they were all in at the docks.


Miss Lexy looking good!


A mural depicting the old ways of sponge diving.


Yes, I’m in short sleeves and capris the Sunday before Christmas. The skies were blue and the weather was warm. It would have been nice to at least have long sleeves on but I’m not complaining.

One of the stops on our Christmas tourist tour while my sister was visiting from South Dakota was the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs. We grew up going there when we would come down to the area to visit the grandparents during the holidays. I guess that’s where my love for Greek food came from. The little town is about an hour north of central Tampa but worth the drive for the pastries. It was a beautiful day for a walk and lunch.

Off my silly tourist topic, if you get a chance, head over to Scott Kelby’s blog to read a guest post by Moose Peterson. It’s very inspiring and makes me want to get up out of my chair at work and go out and take pictures. It’s hard to balance a hobby you love and work that pays for the hobby you love (and the bills). Although, would it be a hobby you love if you did it all the time? According to Moose it is! I met him last winter at Fort De Soto park. We talked for a few moments and I told him were the owl’s nest was at the park. A few hours later I found him there waiting for the baby owl to wake up. We chatted for a while. Very nice guy. I also have his book Captured which I’ve read twice.  See his guest post here.

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Crazy anhinga in Sarasota


Hubby and I were admiring the nice view of Sarasota bay.


I saw this anhinga looking at me. She looked like a character.


It’s like she was saying “Hey lady come over here. I got a nice boat to sell ya.”


“Really cheap. I’m practically giving it away.”


“There it goes lady. It can be yours for a nice price.”

There was a nice small park next to the Mote Marine laboratory in Sarasota. Right next to a bridge that leads out to the open gulf. People were sitting on the benches admiring the big boats going by. It was a beautiful morning for January.