Another “get out of the house” moment. I headed down to the St. Pete Pier late in the day in early December. I knew it would be crowded but went early enough before the dinner crowd. Standing out on the pier, I could see Tampa across the bay in the bottom shot.
The new cool sculpture on the pier. The first commercial airline started right here back in 1914 with a commercial flight from St. Pete to Tampa with paying customers.
Heading towards the end of the pier.
Looking up at the back of the building on the pier, it looks a little like a space ship.
Looking towards St. Pete, the sun was just starting to go down.
Walking around past the park, I could see a dolphin swimming around by the pier.
Looking out on the bay, the sun had gone down behind me.
As it gets dark, the netting over the grounds before the pier turns pink. The crowds were starting to come in so I headed home for dinner.
Far out in the bay, it was rush hour traffic on a Saturday morning. Lots of boat activity on this beautiful morning.
I found another great blue heron/ great egret hybrid at the small beach near downtown St. Pete.
After a quick walk around North Shore park, I was heading back to my car and saw the above flying into the trees in the parking lot.
All of a sudden, the tree was full of nanday parakeets. Even at the end of summer, they were in pairs and flirting. Maybe they are like humans and flirt all year round instead of just nesting season. Although due to the warm weather most of the year here, nesting season could still be going on. This couple was very affectionate.
The next tree over had monk parakeets in them. This one kept chewing on a branch.
Then his mate flew in and they started preening each other.
There were so many parakeets here on this particular morning that the sound was deafening. The wild parakeets in the area have really taken over. They are very comical to watch and are not skittish at all.
For my Sunday night walk in late July, I decided to go to the new Pier in downtown St. Pete. Brett went with me since he wanted to see it as well. We parked far away behind the Vinoy hotel and tried to stay away from the crowds as we walked around the yacht basin. It was a beautiful night to be out and everyone had the same idea.
The netting over an open field before the pier changes color at night.
Looking down at the pier from the elevated platform. We didn’t walk past this point since the pier building at the end looked very crowded. There are restaurants at the end but you had to have a reservation to go in and masks were required. We thought we would save that for another time.
A pano of the area taken with my phone.
There’s a small public beach right next to the pier.
Looking back at downtown St. Pete, the sun was just starting to go down.
Some of the artwork around the pier area. It was a fun walk and I plan to get back there during the week after work hoping it won’t be so crowded.
After leaving Crescent Lake Park, I headed over to the bay to see what the new St. Pete Pier was going to look like. Last time I was in the area, it looked like a shell. This was before the big opening back in early July. They were still putting the finishing touches on it but it didn’t look like much from across the Vinoy yacht basin.
Above is an old shot of the original pier that I grew up visiting when we came to visit my grandparents. Several functional piers were built in the early 1900’s but the first “attraction” pier was built in 1926. (Pictured below from the St. Pete. Pier History site). It was demolished in 1967 and the new pyramid pier opened in 1973. I also found a mural in downtown St. Pete of the pyramid pier painted on the side of a building.
Zooming in, far out in the bay near the pier, there’s always a lot of activities going on in the water and you can see the Tampa electric plant.