View of the beach from the Naples pier before sunset.
Shots above are from the Naples beach at the hotel we stayed at. All private condos on both sides of our hotel so the beach was pretty quiet.
View from our room. Watching the sun come up in the morning and then the storms roll in during the afternoon before dinner. We didn’t splurge for a beach view since we live in Tampa and spend a fair amount of time on the beach. If you are coming from up north, I highly recommend getting the beach view anywhere you stay if possible. We stayed at the Edgewater Beach Resort which was nice and quiet while we were there.
Our view eating lunch at the Tin City marina.
Back at our hotel after dinner. One night the storms came in so no sunset.
The last night we were there, a huge fire had been burning close by and covered the sunset in smoke.
A common loon swimming under the bridge. Loons are usually only here in the winter so this guy is either really early or really lost.
The usual pelicans hanging around the bridge.
Royal terns were also there.
Far off in the distance we could see dolphins. It looked like they were playing but I think they were herding the fish close to the causeway to feed off of them.
On the other side of the bridge, you could see planes taking off from the Tampa airport.
The sun was going down on my Sunday night walk over the Courtney Campbell Causeway pedestrian bridge.
From my driveway in late January. Saw this when I got home and thought it would be cool to try and get the moon coming up over Tampa the next night.
Tampa across the bridge. No moon coming up so I headed into Tampa.
I was hoping to get a shot of the big super blue blood moon rising above the Tampa skyline in late January so I brought my camera and headed over to a tall parking garage just off the bridge after work. On the moon side there was a cloud bank so i wasn’t going to get a shot of the moon just over the city.
I turned around and walked over to the other side of the parking garage and saw the above. A plane coming in for a landing near the Tampa airport just as the sun was going down. I stood for a while watching the planes come in. It was a beautiful cool night.
Sun’s all gone. Sometimes when life gives you lemons, turn around.
Christmas afternoon, after eating and napping, Brett and I headed down to Fort Desoto Park for a walk on the beach.
We stayed for the sunset along with the crowds of people there. It was a perfect ending to Christmas.
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 lone sleepy spoonbill along the walking path.
Crazy parrots high up in the trees.
A pelican and anhinga getting ready for bed.
A green heron trying to grab one last bite before dark.
Not sure if these turtles had been napping all day or if they just climbed up to sleep for the night. There’s a fun little floating pad for them to sleep on.
This guy was relaxing.
Clouds rolling in before the sun going down. A quick walk before dark at the office park near my work right before the time change. No more walks after work until late March.
Two grumpy night herons on our dock in the rain.
Taken from the bedroom window, this young blue heron would not turn around.
We’ve had a lot of house sparrows hanging around our backyard lately.
Rainbow in the front yard.
Weird skies in the backyard after a storm.