Located outside the walls of Fort San Felipe del Morro, Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis is central to the traditional Puerto Rican beliefs of the separation of life and death. Construction began in 1863 and it’s location was selected to symbolize the spirit’s journey over the Atlantic Ocean. Many prominent citizens are interred in the cemetery. Today it is a national landmark and a popular tourist attraction. On this day clouds shadowed the city beyond, but let bright sunshine highlight the cemetery.
Snow and ice cover the branches of a tree devoid of leaves. Taken at Clingman's Dome in the Bluridge Mountains.
An early snow dusts trees at the upper altitudes of a mountain in the Smokie Mountains of Tennessee.
Seen from below with the blue water above and a cloud visible this ray seems to be flying. While in reality they are known to leap from the water, this one is under several feet of water. Stingrays have gotten some bad press, but they are not aggressive and their stinging barbs are used in self-defense only. They are found in tropic and sub tropic waters. Swimmers in areas where sting rays are prevalent learn to do the “stingray shuffle”, a practice of dragging ones feet while wading in shallows to avoid stepping on a stingray. This is when most stings occur, as a barb makes contact after the ray is stepped on.
The lighthouse was added to Egmont Key in 1848 but was replaced in 1858 after several hurricanes damaged the original structure. The top of the lighthouse was removed in 1944 the top of the house was removed to install a new beacon. The lighthouse was manned until 1989. At the time the lighthouse was the last remaining manned lighthouse in Florida. The channel that passes the island is the main shipping route in and out of Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast.
This group of birds took off as I crept up to take a close up. The ibis, mascot of the University of Miami, is a common bird throughout southern Florida.
Audobon.org used this photo on their web site as part of a "take action" feature. in 2015