Hurricane Sandy never made landfall in the state of Florida, staying well offshore the state's east coast. Still, the massive storm raised high winds and waves on Florida's west coast as it moved northward along the east coast. Here a lone gull avoids the waves crashing over the jetty in Venice, Florida.
This little beach is at the end of the Port Canaveral Barge Canal, a waterway used by cargo and cruise ships as well as naval vessels. Perched along the fringes of an air force base, this is not a public beach.
Fishermen and tourists alike flock to the Anna Maria pier year round. The pier features a restaurant with a great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Egrets, herons, pelicans and seagulls flock to the pier as well.
In August of 2008 Hurricane Gustav moved past Venice Florida. While The category 2 storm never made landfall in Florida, the high winds and waves caused damage up and down Florida's west coast.
In Venice the waves crashed over the jetty's protecting the Venice Inlet. Here a girl sits on a bench seemingly unaware of the waves crashing behind her.
Black and white view of a beach at the end of the Canaveral Barge Canal on the west coast of Florida. Located on the fringe of an air force base, this beach is not public. The Barge canal serves port Canaveral.
In coastal towns and cities of Florida's coasts signs such as this are common although newer signs do not specify that the route is for hurricane evacuation.
This particular sign was in Gulf Port, Florida.
The knots rising from the ground around cypress trees are known as cypress knees. The rise from the roots of the trees, but their purpose is not known. They are a common sight in the swamps of Florida.
Clam Bayou is a small waterway in Gulf Port, Florida. There is a nature park along the bayou that serves as a perfect spot for kayaking, paddle boarding and bird watching. The park includes several boardwalks and observation platforms.
The brown anole is a common sight across Florida. Often referred to as lizards, this highly invasive species was imported to the state from Cuba or the Bahamas. Most Floridians don't mind the little creatures as they eat a lot of bugs.
The distinctive markings on the back of this individual identify it as a female.
This picture was taken at Clam Bayou in Gulf Port, Florida on the west coast of Florida.
When Tropical Storm Debby moved up the west coast of Florida in June of 2012 the storm brought high waters along the shore. The water along the intracoastal waterway rose enough to cover the bottoms of the warning signs on this bridge on Casey Key.
Chikees are shelters built by the Seminoles and Miccosukees of Florida. These shelters were built on posts with a raised floor to keep the residents high and dry and relatively free from snakes and alligators in the swamps of Florida. This particular chikee in Immokalee, Florida has seen better days.
As hurricanes spin they create "feeder bands", long strings of stormy weather that bring moisture into the storm. These bands can create tornadoes, high winds and heavy rains as they stream overhead. This is one rain storm caused by Hurricane Gustav in 2008 offshore of Venice, Florida.