Monday, February 11, 2013

"The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls." John Muir

Even the shy guys come out of their shell to watch the sunrise.

Sunrise at 7am - Low tide at 7:30.  My favorite spot to converge with nature is Boca Grande.

A 20 minute drive puts me on the beach right as the sky is waking up.

My camera batteries went dead so all my pictures were taken on my iPhone.  I caught a huge parade of pelicans crossing the pass heading south to Cayo Costa Island on the other side.

Someone must have missed the pre-flight meeting.

A little Egret sashays by.  He was making sure I didn't have a bait bucket with some freebies for him.

My heart leapt in my chest when I spotted this beauty in the shallows.

The hermit crab chose a lovely Horse Conch for a home.  Sadly, this one went back in the water.

Huge Lightning Whelks were everywhere in the shallows of the low tide.  It was fun just to have a closer look and then place them back where they were found.

This Orange-ridged Sea Star is common to find in the tidal pools around rocks and mangrove roots.

Another shell tree in full bloom.  There is just something about a barren tree on the beach that begs for a shell to be hung on it's empty branches.

The last vestiges of the old Port Boca Grande used by the phosphate industry back in the early 1900's.  The birds are making good use of it now.

On August 13, 2004 Hurricane Charley took out the pier on the west side of the island. Tip - Park at the public lot on the south side of the South Beach Restaurant > walk to the beach & head south to the pier. The shelling is usually very good in that area especially after a storm.

Beach sunflowers - Here's another post I did on Boca Grande.