Roger & Elke Edwards Digital Photograph Galleries

South Florida

December 2008 to January 2009

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Combining photo shoots with our first full (all four of us) family vacation in three years, we flew to South Florida for a couple of weeks of relaxation and shutter-clicking...sometimes, both at the same time. Several of the shots on the succeeding pages were taken from beach chairs, and I'll give one easy hint: not the ones involving alligators.

The first week we stayed on Sanibel Island, famous the world over for its wide, relatively unspoiled beaches and ample bounty of seashells. Sanibel also includes the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, renowned for cool-season bird watching, and also is a short bridge from Captiva Island. Our last sunrise on Sanibel's beach was the first morning of 2009, then we headed across the peninsula to Homestead. Stops along the way included Big Cypress National Preserve, the Miccosukee tribal village, and the north (Shark Valley) entrance of Everglades National Park.

During our stay in Homestead, did the obligatory Miami Seaquarium visit (50% NOAA employee family discount!), and spent a day on the Flamingo segment of Everglades National Park. The last couple of days of the trip, we stayed in the Keys, including a tour of Fort Zachary Taylor. In Miami and the Keys, we also had a great time with fine folks like Max and Linda Mayfield, Jim Leonard, Cheryl Chang, and Matt and Sherry Strahan. Huge thanks to the Mayfields and Strahans for their generous hospitality, too.

This and the following four pages contain a (mostly) random scattering of the images we liked best from our South Florida sojourn. Each thumbnail will open a script to view a 500 pixel long shot in its own white border. [If your browser blocks "Active X" scripting, just right click the bar and hit "allow". We run a harmless and nifty display program as you'll see.] Please browse with leisure those images that spark your curiosity, and come back again anytime.

    ===== Roger =====

Two nesting ospreys, Everglades, Flamingo FL
Two nesting ospreys, Everglades NP, Flamingo FL
K-H and cumulus waves
Kelvin-Helmholtz wave in cirrus lines up with breaking wave atop fractocumulus, Everglades
Dolphin trio, Grassy Key
Resident trio at Dolphin Research Center, Grassy Key
Red hibiscus, Sanibel
Rear-lit red hibiscus, Sanibel
Gator dozing, Big Cypress
Gator dozing, Big Cypress Swamp
Cannon festooned archways, Ft. Zach Taylor
Cannon festooned archways, Ft. Zachary Taylor (Key West)
Sailing, convetion and calm water, EYW
A great combination: sailing, convective sky and tranquil water, Key West
Endangered wood stork, DDNWR
Endangered wood stork browsing tidal flats, Ding Darling NWR
Early morning beach, west Sanibel
Peaceful early morning beach, west Sanibel
Post-sunset 'flat sun' effect off Sanibel
Post-sunset "flat sun" effect off Sanibel
Jumping orca, Seaquarium
Jumping orca, Seaquarium
Wall cloud offshore Sanibel
Non-rotating wall cloud offshore Sanibel
Iridescent spider web, Everglades NP
Iridescent spider web, Mahogany Hammock, Everglades NP
Sanibel Island sunset
Sanibel Island sunset across the Gulf
Smallest post office, Ochopee FL
Smallest U.S. Post Office, Ochopee FL
Great egret, Everglades NP
Great egret, Everglades NP
Aerostat behind scud, Cudjoe Key
Aerostat behind scud, Cudjoe Key -- for drug interdiction and Radio/TV Marti
Lobby, WFO Key West
Staff-signed souvenir hurricane flags above lobby, NWS Key West
Jewel spider, Captiva Island
Jewel spider (Gasteracantha elipsoides), Captiva Island
Jewel spider (dark background), Captiva Island
Same spider, dark background



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