Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
From the ICW the iconic cross of St. Jude Church graces the Tequesta shore. Our winter here has brought us new friends, new adventures and a new home away from home. Soon, I-95 will point the way back to our grandkids and spring on Long Island. The Great South Bay awaits...
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Jupiter's favorite watering hole, The Square Grouper provides a local touch of Margaritaville. Local legend has it that the waterside beach bar is named to commemorate fishermen recovering large square bales of floating marijuana (aka: square groupers) jettisoned by drug runners of the 1980's. The video for Allan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet's "It's five O'clock Somewhere" was filmed here on the Grouper's small stage.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Well exx..cuse me! This guy flew over my left shoulder only to come around and land at my feet. As he checked things out at the dock I got the message that I was in his way. Without much fanfare I stepped aside and let him pass. The New York variety of white egret is quite a bit more skittish around humans.
Friday, April 20, 2012
On a rather calm day the approach to the Jupiter inlet looks idyllic and inviting. Calm conditions in the inlet are the exception, most days require extreme caution when navigating this stretch of water. From this image it's hard to imagine the six foot waves that were cresting at the inlet's entrance just days ago. Calm or rough it's always a joy to experience the raw beauty here.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The "view" in Jupiter must include the historic beacon to be official. Several excellent restaurants share the sight along the inlet's edge. My favorite spot to take it all in is the ever popular beach bar The Square Grouper. Having a beer or an iced tea at the Grouper is requirement for any of our northern visitors.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where did everyone go? It's the middle of April and someone must have hit a switch, boats and cars have begun streaming north as the Florida "season" draws to a close. Soon I will get in line and join my fellow snow birds for the spring migration. Weather rumors from the northeast tell of early summery temperatures following an unusally mild winter. Perhaps the endless summer is a possibility.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Florida Atlantic University Marine Science department has partnered with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. The unique profile and unusual bow configuration of their research vessel puzzled me at first as we approached each other in the ICW. This was the first that I became aware of "Harbor Branch", they seem to be cutting edge in oceanography and marine research.
Monday, April 16, 2012
This irresistible baby sandhill crane liked being the center of our attention. He seemed to revel in his new world, even taking time to stop and stretch out those long legs. Seemingly unfazed by humans the entire Crane family went about doing what cranes do as we maneuvered for a good close-up.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Came across this young family by the pond the other day and said, "hello". They appeared to be rather busy doing what it is that sandhill cranes do although the young one was was a bit impish and was not always paying attention. Must be Spring....
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This shot reminds me of those "Where's Waldo" search images. It's really just a glimpse of the weekend bar crowd at our local sandbar on the ICW. Mix nice weather, low tide, lots of boaters and maybe a margarita or two and watch the show.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Snow birding has created a new calendar rhythm for me. The last full moon of the "season" made me appreciate all the more the stellar view that I've had every night this winter. And once again, the reminder over my shoulder speaks of returning north. Spring on Long Island, grandchildren, the smell of lilacs and boating on the Great South Bay await......but not just yet!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I think it's pretty cool when you can be impressed by a tree. Older Banyan Trees can be expansive and very tall as they send 'aerial roots" from branches to the ground. These roots eventually become woody trunks resembling the main tree trunk. The Banyan spreads laterally and can encompass some serious real estate. I would think some long range, serious landscape planning would be order prior to planting one of the babies! Impressive indeed...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
An early evening stroll on the beach...the cooler breeze, the lapping of waves along the shore, the brilliant colors of the sky and the right companion just might cause you to fall in love all over again!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In our younger days my generation always heard horror stories about some distant relative who purchased land in Florida that turned out to be "swamp land". Not all of that swamp land became developed. The John and Mariana Jones/Hungryland wildlife area is some 16,000+ acres of Florida watershed slough that helps feed the Everglades. Originally slated for development the project went bust in the late 1960's. Some nine miles of canals were constructed in the 1960's to divert water from proposed developments. Today the area is an outdoor sportsman's dream providing a wilderness for hunting, fishing, hiking and primitive camping.
Interestingly, the "Hungryland" label comes from the days of the Seminole Indian Wars. Legend has it that the local tribes escaped to the area only to find it lacking in good soil for farming.
Monday, April 09, 2012
The holiday weekend was full of wonderful treats including a romantic moon. Nature's night time light show drew evening crowds to the area beaches where beach blankets and bottles of wine were plentiful. Life is Good...
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Despite a low cloud cover, patience was rewarded as the April full moon did show up as advertised. Clouds along the horizon delayed our view and killed the "rising moon" shot but the show was well worth the price of admission!
Friday, April 06, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
The Jupiter Inlet dredging project continues all day and well into the night. The project helps keep Jupiter's gateway to the ocean save and navigable, the dredged sand is used for the popular beach re-nourishment program along the oceanfront. All the cool marine construction equipment make for some interesting photo subjects to keep this photographer occupied. :-)
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
The joys of a peaceful, quiet walk in the woods are many at Martin County's Pecks Lake Park. The trail meanders through trails of boardwalk that lead to the ICW. My partner was especially greatful for the elevated walkway that separates critters from human feet.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
Move over Philly Phanatic and Mr. Met...The Loggerhead Marine Center has the turtle mascot, "Fletch". Fletch is a huge favorite in the Jupiter/Juno Beach area. He is best known for his educational/fun programs that keep kids and adults informed about the plight of sea turtles. In a recent interview we learned that he was born in "Sandy beach", his favorite restaurant is "The Thirsty Turtle" (US1 in Juno) and he is still a fan club member of the rock group "The Turtles". Ummm....whatever works, Fletch!