We departed Key Largo at 7:00 a.m., our destination was Port Everglades, FL. We traveled as Earth’s star rose on the horizon, spreading her tangerine hues across the sky as it drifted in. Above the tangerine mountains a chorus of grey streaks across the sky. I smile as I watch the fiery ball of fire slowly rise up filling the sky with its mighty colours of red, orange and yellow. It was mesmerizing to watch as the colours bled like fire into the skyline. A breathtaking display of colours. The air temperature was 70 degrees F, and the water temp 67 degrees F. as we headed to Marina Bay Marina. It is day 44 of our travel day on the water.
Perched high on stilts in Biscayne Bay as the sun blazes down, we pass by the seven remaining houses with shuttered windows. They remain silent. The only residents are the few cormorants sunbathing their wings. The houses of Stiltsville are a part of the connection of Old Florida and the earlier more colourful times in Miami. The houses are perched on sand flats a mile offshore from the Cape Florida lighthouse. All boxes and triangles, the pastel buildings were originally built for gambling, which was apparently legal if located at least one mile offshore. As we made our way towards Miami, I photograph these legends. At one time there were 27 of these beauties, but as the years have rolled past, only seven remain.
Land Legs – February 1 to February 19th
We enjoyed many sunsets from the balcony of our first resort. The orange gold stretched far and wide, even on land. It was a battle cry to the gathering of night. The colours are hidden with the black night, but we awoke each morning to a glorious new day filled with new adventure. It was a calling card for adventure. Adventures that brought smiles to our faces.
The Lizard Hunt
He was utterly still at first. Warming itself while waiting for it prey. Spiky crested like a miniature dinosaur, resting in the tall grass. Tiny splayed toes, big frog like eyes, and in a blink of an eye he disappears in the river.
It was a great place to visit birds and animals that have been rescued. We walked through birds hanging around mingling with their own and other species. Turtles lazily walking amidst the birds. A Florida Panther, a gator, and yes, the pink flamingo. A great way to spend the day enjoying our land legs, and photographing these amazing birds and animals. These pictures are our time machine, a way to glance back in time. If we had taken a different path, maybe the pictures would have been different. But, these pictures are our conduits of our memories. As time passes and the memories pass, I will flip through them with wistful affection of the past.
Pompano Beach, Fl
Each morning, we awoke to the gorgeous hues of colours as the sun kissed the still twilight, reflecting off the calm not yet awoken ocean. The soft rays brought warmth to a new day as the colours stretched their orange hues as the first slither of the sun peeked over the skyline. It was a beautiful way to start each morning.