I just happened to be in Holmes Beach when the light was soft and the water was still and everything lined up, ...except I didn't win the lottery. Two outta three aint bad. It would be an eight mile swim to that bridge from this point, but I'm in no hurry, I'm on Florida time. Who am I kidding, I'm always in a hurry, except when I'm not. This day I was in a hurry to get to the beach to get a sunset shot, but this ended up being my favorite of the day, too many clouds for a sunset. So much for hurry. The sign says it all. The bridge in the background is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, an icon of the Tampa Bay region in Florida.
This is a mangrove that's taken over a sandbar just down the street from my home along the Manatee River in Palmetto. In the southern states along the Gulf Coast these mangroves are a natural defense against the erosion caused by hurricanes. As a result they are protected by the state and local governments. Basically you don't mess with them, just leave them alone and let them do their job. Anyway, I thought the calm water created by the sandbar made for a nice reflection. Have a lovely day everyone.
The Riverhouse Reef and Grill is a local eatery in Palmetto Florida that sits right on the Manatee River. Every time I come here it's crowded, but somehow we always get a table with a good view. It's not uncommon to be sitting here and have our conversation broken by something passing us by along the river, be it dolphin, manatee or just a family on a sailboat. Its way out at the end of a pier and so they pick you up with one of those golf cart shuttles if you don't feel like walking the length. All in all, a pretty good deal.