January 16, 2022
Here are some photographs I took in Gulf-coast Florida in January and February of 2008.
1 Once in a while a lagoon forms on the beach of South Lido Park, in Sarasota. Most only last a matter of weeks.
2 It was fun to arrive at Siesta Key before the fog lifted. The man was probing the sand with a metal detector.
3 An early-morning Siesta Key-walker didn’t seem to disturb nearby gulls.
4 But these runners did.
5 Pelicans get itches, too.
6 I don’t think this great blue heron ever noticed me standing about two yards away. He just kept preening.
7 When other park visitors—no matter where—see me with a camera, many ask whether I am photographing birds. I always answer no, but sometimes that isn’t true.
8 People never ask whether I’m photographing cats. These were in the Rosemary District of Sarasota.
9 I took 104 photographs of this algal mat that formed in the remnants of one of South Lido Park’s temporary lagoons. You probably don’t want to see them all.
10 In Cortez, a fishing village north of Sarasota, someone cut down and burned some palm trees.
11 I could have taken 104 photographs of the burned palm trees, but I didn’t.
12 An old water bottle was home to tube worms, barnacles, and oysters.
13 I wonder how long the bottle had been in the Gulf.