Sunday, May 29, 2016

Last week, after leaving the CPA firm where I was working (way too stuffy…so I quit), I started work at Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center.

Today, my new employers, Bruce and Sherry Popham invited Flip and I to go out on a brand new 29′ Premier pontoon boat (unfortunately, not pictured here) to a popular spot off of Grassy Key called The Sandbar.

The water is clear, shallow and warm.  We put up umbrellas to stay out of the sun.

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I saw a puffer fish, a horseshoe crab, a sting ray, and these living shells.  The bigger one is a conch, which is illegal to catch and keep down here.  The other one is a whelk.  Both had living animals inside.

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Flip found this perfect sand dollar for me to photograph.  No living organisms were harmed in these pictures, by the way.DSCN0233

 

After this area became too crowded, we motored to a more secluded beach.DSCN0228

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I think my new job is going to work out just fine.

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I feel like I don’t even need to write words for some of my pictures.

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This is a canal in Duck Key on the way back to end another great day.

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday afternoon – a little fishing at my current job site at Big Pine Key.1sundayfishing

 

 

Last week during work, on the job site, I discovered a nighthawk sitting upon her one egg.  Nighthawks (members of the nightjar family, think whippoorwill) catch insects at night – by sight, silhouetted against the moon.

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If approached too closely, she would wiggle away from her quarter-sized egg, which blended in with the coral rocks scattered everywhere.1Egg

 

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Her camouflage is incredible.DSCN0002

 

Key deer walk through the job site daily and swim across the 30-foot canal to the Key Deer Refuge.1deer

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On the way back to Marathon from Big Pine, we stopped at Veterans Memorial Park at the foot of the Seven Mile Bridge.  I spotted a raccoon on the fringe of the mangroves searching for food.1CoonWithBird

 

These shells, filled with living slimy things, were squirming everywhere in the shallow water.1liveShells

 

Egrets in the shallows were also waiting for dinner.1FlatsEgrets

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It’s also a favorite spot for people.1swimmers

 

This is the old double-decker bridge at Bahia Honda State Park.  In the early 1910’s, trains traversed from the lower and middle Keys.  After damage from hurricane in 1935, the bridge was repaired and converted into part of the Overseas Highway.

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Karen and I had another great day in paradise.

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I cannot believe it is the middle of May already. That has nothing to do with the following photos, but that is what is going through my mind, when I am not looking through the lens of my camera….

This is the moon and clouds tonight…. same moon, same night…just different clouds…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Not really, just a pretty big storm.  It came from the west, across the Gulf of Mexico and we knew it was coming, so we were prepared.  We clocked the winds with gusts up to 45 mph.  This hefty wind did not bring much rain to the middle Keys.  These pictures were all taken at our marina, right around our boat.

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