After walking the nature trail at Honeymoon Island State Park, I headed over to the beach to see if there were any shorebirds hanging around.
The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers.
The waves were splashing over the jetties. It was fun to be out in one of the last cool windy days before the heat sets in (and the tourists).
Over the years Honeymoon Island state park has had many controlled burns on the trail. It keeps the area from over growing and keeps uncontrolled fires from getting out of hand such as a lightning strike. Most of the trees grow back but a few of them along the trail are dead. They leave the trees up to keep the park in a natural state. Many of the dead trees have osprey, owl or woodpecker nests. It gives the park a different eery feel.
At the same park is a beautiful beach. The morning I was there in late January it was cloudy and windy. The beach was almost empty except for a few shell collectors. It was fun to see the beach in a different light.
It was too windy and choppy to kayak. They were all stacked up waiting for a sunny day.
Even a dark, cloudy, windy, cold morning at the beach is still a great morning.