Honeymoon Island beach before the tourists get here.

dsc_2122 dsc_2125 dsc_2148

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.

dsc_2221

dsc_2224

dsc_2226

dsc_2232

dsc_2235

The usual birds were there: marbled godwits, royal terns and dowitchers.

dsc_2186

dsc_2190

dsc_2192

dsc_2193

dsc_2202

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).

SkyWatch Friday

The “Dead Tree” trail at Honeymoon Island

img_1541 img_1542 img_1547 img_1552 img_1554 img_1558 img_1564 img_1573 img_1576

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.

img_1585

img_1587

img_1588

img_1589

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.

img_1591

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.

SkyWatch Friday

On the beach at Fort Desoto

DSC_3748

Across the beach, behind the roped off area for the birds, an osprey is eating on the dead branch.

DSC_3739

The water looked so good. I should have brought my swimsuit. I was tempted to go in with my shorts and tshirt on.

DSC_3758

Someone getting a view of the beach.

DSC_3744

I saw this lady with this cool umbrella hat. I need to get one of these.

DSC_3673

One of the reddish egrets taking a break.

 

DSC_3726

I saw this night heron with something in his beak. From far away, it looked like a rock.

DSC_3733

When I got closer and zoomed in, I realized it was a crab with his legs missing. Don’t know if he found it that way or if he ate the legs first.

DSC_3685

Taken into the sun and lightened up, the reddish egret was posing for me.

A few things on the beach at Fort Desoto at the end of July. It was so hot even the tourists weren’t there. Things are quiet now until Labor Day weekend.

Mandarin Orange Monday  Shine the Divine