It was a stagnant morning in late July. Not even a slight breeze or ripple on the water. I stopped at the pier at Weaver Park to see if I could spot any dolphins but the tide was so low that they would be far out anyway so I didn’t stay long. It was too hot to be out so after my quick walk I headed home.
A few days later it was cloudy when I went out for a walk at the Dunedin marina. There was at least a breeze and a chance of rain.
The tide was low and the water was clear around the pier and I noticed someone must have dumped some fish bones in the water. I’ve never seen this before. The tiny bait fish were picking the bones clean.
A little farther down the pier I could see coral growing on the oyster beds.
The usual great egret was there, trying to catch some tiny fish.
I had heard there were some fun eclectic mailboxes on a few of the streets just off Main street so I took some back roads to get home.
These are just a small sample of some of the ones I saw. All snapped with my phone.
When I got almost home I could see some rain clouds out in the bay. I took a detour and stopped at the Oldsmar pier hoping to see some rain headed our way. I started to walk out on the pier and heard some thunder so I ducked under a picnic shelter and caught the above lightning across the bay. We did get a short storm at home but we are still in severe drought conditions. Through September this is the driest year on record for Pinellas county.
I caught the Dunedin Ladies sailing club going out for a morning sail in early November. It was a little bit cool but the sun was out so it was a perfect day to be out on the water. It looked like they were having fun so I’m thinking maybe I’ll take some sailing lessons this summer.
The fire department was going out but they must have just been doing check ups or drills. They didn’t seem to be in a hurry.
This little snowy egret was checking out some bait fish that had spilled on the dock.
He jumped down and got several fish before the fisherman realized what he was doing. He had a nice little sushi breakfast.
I hope everyone had a nice day yesterday. Soon it will be back to the old grind.
This is a meme that is floating around social media from people in the Tampa Bay area. Maybe it’s a way of saying we have survivor guilt? For days Hurricane Ian was heading right to us and at the last minute it turned and made a direct hit south of us (The same thing happened in 2004 with Hurricane Charley). Total devastation from Fort Myers to Naples. Then massive flooding across central Florida. It was gut wrenching to watch the news. Most of St. Pete lost power but we only had yard debris so we were really lucky.
Sunset on the night of the hurricane, across the street from us.
We had super low tide the day after as well as the day of. These were taken on Thursday, the day Ian was forecasted to hit Tampa. Later that night the water came back with a surge but nothing like it was south of us.
Early Friday morning I went for a walk at the Dunedin causeway and the tide was still crazy low.
You could see where seagrass had been churned up and left in the low tide.
This is a common sight all over the bay, stranded boats. Many had the anchor come up and floated towards sea walls and bridges. Some got stranded at low tide. (Although these are nothing like the pictures from Fort Myers and south with boats on top of buildings and in peoples homes.).
Here is a video from CNN that shows the aftermath of Ian.
Red Cross Donation site.
It’s Tuesday morning and Hurricane Ian is on it’s way to pay us a visit. This morning the track is showing a direct hit with a category 3. Our house is just under 20 minutes from the water so we were not too worried about storm surge but we were worried about flooding from a lot of rain and wind damage. Everything is ready to go and now we wait until Thursday morning when it’s due to hit. I decided to get out of the house for a walk to calm my nerves. It was already dark and dreary at the Dunedin marina but it had cooled off. The big boats were still there but most of the little boats that can go on a trailer were gone.
People live on both of these sailboats and their dingys were still there. I hope they get into town by Wednesday morning.
These little boats were still there but I’m sure someone was coming to haul them away or tie them down.
The water was super calm and I could several dolphins swimming out in the water.
I was able to catch this quick video of a dolphin feeding along the rocks right in front of me. I don’t usually see them this close to the marina.
Update – it’s now after lunch on Wednesday and Ian is hitting near the Fort Myers area, much farther south of us. We are still due to get heavy rain and flooding later tonight as the other side of the Hurricane skirts past us. We are saying prayers for those south of us. They will need a lot of help in the coming days.
It was hot as usual at the end of July. I headed out early one morning for a walk at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs. I hadn’t spent a lot of time here, only driven through. I parked in the shaded area of the park and walked out on the causeway that leads to the beach. I was hoping for a breeze but didn’t get much of a whiff this morning but it was a beaufiful morning and I saw several dolphins far out in the gulf.
After my walk at Howard Park, I stopped at nearby Sunset Beach. It’s a small spit of sand but also a small piece of heaven the morning I was there. I imagine it’s packed on the weekends but early this Wednesday morning it was quiet and I sat on the bench for a while, watching more dolphins go by.
And if you forgot to bring a book with you to read on the beach, there’s a free library in the parking lot.
Another quick stop was the Anclote River Park, just north of Tarpon Springs.
A replica of the Anclote lighthouse was in the parking lot. The actual lighthouse is on Anclote Key, only accessible by boat.
One last stop was the Anclote Gulf Park just a few minutes away. I walked out on the long fishing pier and was hoping for dolphins here but didn’t see any.
On our dolphin tour during the week of Thanksgiving, we headed out to a small spoil island to walk around and look for shells. It’s a tiny oasis in the middle of all of these tall buildings.
The flag on the island was starting to look a little weathered.
We could see a kiteboarded across the waterway.
There were small sailboats all around the area. It was a windy morning and perfect to be out on the water.
I was looking the other way and heard my sister yell “Oh no, they went over.” I looked around and saw that the boat had flipped on it’s side. The 2 guys were working on pulling it back up. At first I thought they would need to be rescued but our captain said it happens fairly often and the guys on these small boats are good at getting them back upright. That has to take a lot of upper body strength to get that sail out of the water. (That big white complex in the background is Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater).
The guys in another boat nearby were leaning pretty hard to keep theirs from going over.
Nice view heading back to the marina.
More shots from my sunset walk at the Dunedin marina.
You can see why this is one of the best places to watch the sun go down but don’t tell anyone else. It already gets crazy crowded.
People in the surrounding neighborhoods ride over in their golf carts since parking is limited in this area. I park several blocks over and walk in to the marina. Many of them decorate their carts which makes it more fun.
I decided to head back to my car before it got too dark but I stopped for one last shot in front of the sailboats. All shots taken with my phone.