Dawn starts with sunrise…and takes on a life of its own.

7am. We crawled from our tent in the Florida Keys, a bit groggy.  The sky had a tinge of pink.  Hadn’t we read that the best times of day for photography are dawn and dusk?  Yes, indeed.  So, we took the opportunity, grabbed the camera, and hit the beach.

DSC01269DSC01277The beach was quiet at this hour — no people sounds, just surf.  Why not walk down the beach to enjoy the silence and the early birds?

7:30am.  Many of the rocks on the beach were fossilized coral.  Nearby a little crab caught our eye. We found a little gem: a sea coconut (Manicaria saccifera) that was carried by the currents from the Amazon River to this place. That was an exciting find!

DSC01281DSC01286DSC01285DSC012898am.  Just before the beach ended, we saw a lobster shell.  We climbed up to the road for a brief detour.  Who should be crossing the road ahead but a white ibis; it blithely ignored walkers and cars in search of food — bugs, that is.  As we stepped back down to the beach, we spied a bird in the distance.  What was it?  We approached very, very slowly.  A yellow crowned night heron. It was stalking prey, successfully.

DSC01293 DSC01330DSC013529am.  No matter how enjoyable our walk, we just had to go back to our tent site for breakfast.    We walked quickly down the road but continued to spy flowers and plants worthy of a photo and identification later.  We dropped back to the beach, and, moments before we reached our campsite, we caught sight of a pair of mourning doves in the sand, protected by overhanging branches, and then a lovely butterfly.

DSC01373 DSC01374IMG_4423We’re not sure if we’ve ever before taken a walk quite like the one this morning.  As the postcards say: “WISH YOU WERE HERE.”

January 2013


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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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9 Responses to Dawn starts with sunrise…and takes on a life of its own.

  1. Sara says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m loving the photos Beth and feel inspired. I hope you are having the time of your RETIREMENT! Take care.

  2. I love this post! I have never been tO the keys but want to go really bad. Your photos are gorgeous, thank you for sharing!

  3. What a great way to start the day!

  4. Deb and Jack says:

    Ok, we’ve got it on our list, love, Deb and Jack

  5. Gretchen Hall says:

    With weather here in the teens, it’s nice to enjoy warmth vicariously! Love your photos. xxG

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