Pelicans are graceful creatures in flight, their wings spread wide to take advantage of the slightest air currents as they glide above the water looking for a meal. This brown pelican uses wing feathers for control Take offs and landings are another thing...
Puffy clouds seem to create steps in a rippled sky. I like the 3-D effect of the clouds and the little spots of gray here and there. It was on a cool November day that I took this shot while walking the dog.
Marine railways are used to move boats in and out of water. They consist of a cradle that rides on steel rails. This winch was used to move the cradle and was probably built in the late 19th century. It remained in use until the 1980's
Just north of Caspersen Beach in Venice Florida is a dog beach. the beach is almost always crowded with people and pets enjoying sun, sand and water. A little farther north is the Venice Fishing Pier, a popular local landmark.
A flight of pelicans heads out over the Gulf of Mexico in search of a meal. The birds will glide over the water looking for fish. Once spotted it is a dive straight down, hopefully coming up with a pouch full.
though they are called knees, mangrove roots look more like fingers sticking up through the sand. They supply oxygen to the tree. These fingers grow along the Manatee River at the DeSoto National memorial in Bradenton, Florida.
Folks might be wearing long sleeves and long pants, but even with air temperature just above the water temperature of 60° F, the beaches of Florida are not empty. The sand is still warmer than snow. As noon approaches the Venice, Florida Fishing Pier is still an attraction.
Wave action along Florida's coast will often create a "cliff" along the beach. These drops can be o foot or more, a big step for humans and a giant leap for birds. Here a plover leaps for lower ground near the Venice, Florida Fishing Pier.
A cold day at the beach shoveling shells beats a day shoveling snow every time. Locals might be wearing long pants and jackets, but tourists sport shorts as they ply the sand searching for shells and sharks teeth. Many use "Florida Snow Shovels" a contraption made of screen to let the water through while keeping the shells. On this day the water and air temperature in Venice, Florida were the same at 60° F.