Pano of the north beach tip at Fort Desoto during the extreme low tide.
It was cold and windy and a perfect day for a walk on the beach. There were a few other people here but I still felt like I had the beach all to myself. This was the lowest tide I have ever seen here. Someone told me it was because of the full Snow moon (the tides are lowest during the full moon in February). I came out to see if there were any shorebirds but I think the wind kept them hiding somewhere else.
The backside of Outback Key was exposed and all of those little mounds had live sand dollars hiding under them.
A few of them partially exposed.
I’ve read that the pink sand comes from microscopic animals in the water.
Textures on Outback Key.
Walking back to the parking lot.
The beach was littered with the above.
This one had a lot of things living on it.
My stash from the morning when I got back home and washed them off. The beach was covered in whole dead sand dollars. It’s rare to find them not broken. I like collecting shells with barnacles. I feel like it gives them personality.
A nice clean beach after Park supervisor Jim had scooped up all of the dead fish from the red tide algae bloom that lands on the beach during high tide. This morning in late October, Jim had told me that they had just cleaned up 6 miles of beaches, trying to keep it clean so the tourist can enjoy the beach. Even in late November, we were still getting some dead sea life but not as bad as it was in October.
It was still a beautiful morning even with a slight fishy smell.
The dog beach and the fishing pier were deserted that morning since no one wanted to be in the red tide water. It was like a ghost town.
I did see some dolphins coming out of the water from far across the bay.
Things along the trail from our car to the beach.
Out on the beach, it was a perfect quiet morning in late August. We get there early before it gets too hot and crowded.
The water was crystal clear but warm. This was before the red tide had brought dead sea life to the beach, the calm before the storm. I was traveling light this morning so all above were taken with my phone.
Shots from the east beach turnaround looking at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The sun was just starting to set.
A perfect night.
After the sun goes down at Fort Desoto Park.
A few of the regulars at the pier; the famous great blue heron/great egret hybrid, a ruddy turnstone, a reddish egret, lots of snowy egrets always looking for a handout and great blue heron and reddish egret fighting over space on the railing.
Skimmers were skimming the bait fish.
This reddish egret was bored with me.
Shots of a beautiful morning at the pier. These were taken in early September, before Irma.
A few more pictures from our vacation in Sanibel Island in southeast Florida. All were taken from my beach chair, which was steps away from our condo. We went in late September and it was perfect. Sunny skies and very few tourists. We had most of the beach to ourselves.
Tiny butterfly at Fort Desoto.
Teeny tiny things flying around.
There were lots of weird looking plants.
Moth on a flower.
These moths were everywhere.
I think these are sea grapes (although I wouldn’t eat them).
It’s weird to see how this tree trunk has grown.
Staring out towards the water.
It was an early morning on Saturday in late September. There had been a rare type of flycatcher seen at Fort Desoto Park a few days earlier. I knew it was a slim chance to find him still at the park but I figured it would still be a nice morning out either way. There were several other people also looking in the same wooded area for him. We stood around hoping he would eventually show up. I got bored waiting and started taking pictures of other stuff around me. After two hours of looking around for him, I headed out of the woods and up to the north beach area for a nice walk on the beach.
Up at the north beach lagoon, he was trying to get bait fish.
With no success in the lagoon, he went over to the gulf. I never did see him catch anything. I don’t know if his form is bad or not.
Sea oats into the sun.
Trying to nap before the tourists hit the beach.
A manatee was swimming by the fishing pier.
Skimmers were still grabbing the bait fish in the water.
Jim was walking around the snack shop to try to get a better angle on the storm coming in.
Clouds were moving in. At least the wind was cooling things off.
Storm across the water.
Up in the sky.
Looking back from the end of the fishing pier. The storm was coming in from the right.
The tide was low and the threat of rain kept the beach empty (well, almost empty).
My morning in late August started out sunny. The two days before were stormy so I thought I would have been rained out. I headed out anyway thinking I could work on my storm shots if it rained. The clouds started rolling in right before lunch. The beach cleared out after a few sprinkles hit. It only sprinkled for a few minutes at first so I continued to walk around. I could see the heavy rain heading right for the pier so I headed back to my car just before the bottom fell out. Not many birds out but also not a lot of people so it was just nice to be out for the morning.
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By the time I got to the park, the sun was already up high. It was filtered by the clouds.
A brighter shot but with more clouds.
Not sure what’s going on here. Were they watering the water??? Maybe they were practicing putting out a fire using the water from the bay.
There’s always a lot of bikers on a Saturday morning.
Everyone is in on the action.
Another big ship coming into the bay. It was pretty far out.
The coast guard going by.
Rush hour traffic on the bay.
Not a perfect morning in late October. It was mostly cloudy with little chance of birds so I started taking pictures of everything else. It was still a nice morning out. I love watching the big ships coming and going. I always wonder what life is like for those guys on those long trips. You would think it would be cool to be out on the water for a while but I get seasick just thinking about it. I’m fine as long as I can see land and the water is not too choppy but any further than that and I’m toast. I’m okay kayaking as well. I know I can usually jump out and be in waist deep water. Although I have to keep an eye out for stingrays. Wouldn’t want to put my foot down on one.
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