On past trips to King's Bay, a highlight has been Three Sister's Springs. We didn't get there at all this trip. Mornings and evenings coincided with low tides, and the access to Three Sister's is rocky, the sort of situation which results in face-plants.
Instead we wandered about, visiting Hunter Springs, Christmas Island and Buzzard Island. Never too fast, we just strolled about looking at the water and shore. As King's Bay has fresh water springs, but connects by Crystal River to the gulf it gets a wide variety of animals. We often saw skates, crabs, mullet, ducks, cormorants, anhingas, pelicans, ibis, grackles, buzzards and manatee. I've got a few pictures to share:
|Some ibis showing off|
|A young night heron(?) by Buzzard Island|
|Anhingas and Cormorants decorate a tree by Christmas Island|
|A young manatee passes by|
|Scallopers at dawn|
|Palm Trees on Buzzards Island (a National Wildlife Reserve)|
|A variety of house styles along the waterfront|
|Fishing boats at sunset|
All in all the perfect way to start or end any day.
Postscript: sitting here by the fire listening to the wireless modem beep its way to powerlessness makes these pictures all the more delightful. It was a surprise to see 14 inches of slush on Sunday, less of a surprise that many trees toppled, including some onto our power lines. Fortunately the weather is not too cold, the wood stove is warm and there's plenty of snow to melt!