Over the weekend I spent the afternoon at Fort DeSoto beach watching the waves and taking a few pictures. This is one of my favorite spots, its remote and in the afternoon there are few people. There is also a campground near by so you can walk or ride a bike here, watch the sunset and then head back to sit around the campfire. That's what this family did as it started to get dark.
Just off the coast is Egmont Key which is a deserted island, a little like the island in Lost.
Around this time of the day you might see a cruise ship sail past this point on its way out of Tampa Bay towards the Gulf of Mexico. Winter it's a busy time for cruises so we tend to see a lot of ships coming and going. Something about those gigantic ships is mesmerizing to watch, especially in the evenings when they are all lit up, like moving cities. If you get up early, you see them going in the opposite direction as they come into port.
Only after I moved to the Tampa area did I learn about cruises. A few years back I took my first cruise out of here and sailed right past this spot. I had so much fun I didn't want it to end. Nevertheless, I got up early on the last morning to see all the familiar landmarks I'd only ever seen from shore.
Actually, I have no idea if this is a typical day or not, I've only been here once. But because it was a Tuesday and not the weekend, I have to assume it was typical. I guess I'll have to wait until I come back to be sure. The beach is protected by a seawall and the shops are all open and outdoor bistros serve beer, wine, coffee and pastries. Personally I could get used to this as a typical day. We stopped along here and had a drink at one of the cafes as we watched the everything around us. If I did live here I'd probably live to be a ripe old age, playing checkers or bocci ball with the other escapees from modern civilization. Then I'd sit and have a glass of red wine while I watched the people go by. Then I'd get up in the morning and do it all again. Just another typical day in Collioure, France.
This is a shot of the mist on Wick beach in British Columbia. Actually the name of this place is Wickaninnish, but folks around here just call it Wick. In any case, this is at the southern end of a very long beach that stretches for miles up the coast. There is a WWII memorial here as well as a lodge with a restaurant that has a few local dishes on the menu. It was a chilly day so we asked for comfort food and we got a local favorite. I can't begin to remember the name of it but it seemed to have fish and rice all mixed in and it hit the spot. This area is known for surfing, fishing whale watching. Or, if you're like me, just long walks on a long beach followed by comfort food.