Friday, April 12, 2013

Some Florida Sunshine

The Professor had some meetings to attend in St. Pete, Florida, for a couple of days and of course somebody needed to carry his luggage, so here we are!  I was able to steal him away yesterday afternoon to take me photo hunting.

Although we go to Florida frequently, we had never explored Fort De Soto which consists of 5 interconnected islands.  Its North Beach has been named to America's Top 10 Beaches several times.  And once there, one understands why.  There is an abundance of raw beauty as far as the eye can see!


When we drove down to the East Beach, we were treated to 30-40 kiteboarders having fun in the bay.  I was amazed at the number in the water and how they were skilled enough to avoid each other.  That's the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the background sitting high above Tampa Bay.  It's a beautiful bridge!

Of course, my day would not be complete until I found some wildlife to shoot, which is never difficult near beaches.


Food is always being hunted 
and hopefully 

 you are the hunter 



and not the hunted! 

I'll enjoy these ocean breezes and seagull calls for another day
before packing up and heading north to chillier temps.
~sigh~

Hope you have an awesome weekend, my friends!
~

41 comments:

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice! I love it :-)

Special greetings from the Netherlands,
DzjieDzjee

TexWisGirl said...

nice beach time! yay for you!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Those baggage handling responsibilities have their benefits! Great shots!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

enjoy the bridge shot. ( :

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how wonderful and sunny! Love those blue skies! Great beach time indeed. Have to admit, I'm jealous!!! It's still pouring rain in Seattle and GRAY!! So enjoy for all of us!! Baggage handing does indeed have its benefits!! Enjoy your weekend, Reena, -- wherever!!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, lucky you, Reena.
Definitely not a good day in the northeast. So cold and rainy. :-(

Have a great weekend and enjoy every moment!

Nancy said...

What wonderful shots of the beach. Looking at them makes me want to pack my bag and head south....

Have fun on the remaining time you have in Fla...

Rohrerbot said...

Those colors are glorious!!!! Dreamy....summer vacation.....

Hilary said...

Oh what a lovely and dreamy getaway. Lucky you. And lucky us that you share your fine photos.

grammie g said...

Hi Renna...Nice...I love the first one and the kite one!
They are all wonderful I like the tweaking or whatever the techy word for it is ; )
Grace

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

yee haw, that looks GREAT! Nice to see some beaches!

Country Girl said...

What have you done here? These edits are delicious and I love 'em.

Evelyn S. said...

I'm sold! Perfect images for a brochure......

Mark said...

Always great photos, especially of the hunters.

Out on the prairie said...

Fun to enjoy the warmth and sand. I loved the egret shot with the green around the eye.I kept going back to it thinking of a morphed Great Blue Heron I was discussing with home school students this week.

Sandra said...

when we lived in st pete this was our favorite beach, bob could fish his heart out. but in the 80's it was not like it is now, it was just wild beaches and we loved it more than now. it is to me the most beautiful beaches on the west coast

Betty Manousos said...

wow! wow reena!

what a spectacular!!
love, love, love your photos!!
what a beautiful beach time.
enjoy your weekend~

xx

Betty Manousos said...

...and that first photo looks like a painting.
amazing!!

Kathy said...

Glad to see you've been able to escape the cold!

Brian Miller said...

wow...the colors int hat first one are almost surreal in their clarity...i could just walk right into it...i want to try paragliding as well...that looks cool

ladyfi said...

Oh gosh - I love these sunny shots!

Catherine said...

Oh so wonderful! I can't even imagine the warmth. Fantastic!
xo Catherine

CherryPie said...

Stunningly beautiful, thank you :-)

Hattie said...

These Florida images are something else, especially the top shot, which is the stuff of paintings.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Beautiful shots! You were practically in my backyard. I hope it wasn't too crowded.

rainfield61 said...

The story is never complete without the hi from a wildlife.

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful photos, that first one is like an impressionism painting. For some reason it reminds me of a Mary Cassatt painting.

eileeninmd said...

I love Florida, wonderful shots. The beach and birds are beautiful!

Jennifer Richardson said...

i can almost smell the salt air
and sea breeze.
thank you for stirring those
senses,
Jennifer

Daryl said...

its warming up here .. come on up!

Pride In Photos said...

St Pete is wonderful!! I live a couple of hours south of there and love the weather and everything you have mentioned!

Linda R said...

Looks like a little piece of heaven right there in Florida. Love your photos.

Linda~

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant images Reena, gosh the first one almost looks like a water colour painting, I'd frame it and hang it fir sure!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Lovely post Reena! So glad you caught some beautiful weather!

bailey-road.com said...

Love that bridge shot!

Gillian Olson said...

Dreamy images, thanks for sharing.

Kerri said...

More Magnificence! LOVE These!

Grace said...

Stunning photos ~ How I dream of soaking up in that warmth and beach ~

I would like to use one of your photos for my writing Reena, credit to you ~ Thanks ~

GailO said...

I was wondering if you would be going to Anna Maria!. These photos really make me miss going south this year but we had too many other obligations....next year though!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos! Makes me want to go to the beach!

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