18 February 2009

Islamorada Journal 2009...Day 44

Woden's Day, 18 February:

It's another beautiful day in Islamorada: 0750: 67° with small craft caution posted for mostly southeast winds 15 to 20 knots...decreasing to near 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas beyond the reef 4 to 6 feet...subsiding to 3 to 5 feet late. Seas inside the reef 2 to 3 feet...subsiding to around 2 feet. Nearshore waters choppy...becoming a moderate chop.

Mourning Doves: There's a group of marauding mourning doves that comes through here each morning to harass those who wish to sack in. "Hoo-hoo, hoo" is the call they make...and they love to perch on your balcony rail, right outside your open bedroom slider, and repeat their call until you get out of the rack and chase them away.

Doves, Skil saws, nail drivers...ain't nature great?

As reported earlier, Bridget and Shannon went to Key West on Monday to celebrate Shannon's birthday and see the sights. These three shots are Shannon's:

Always a lot to see in Key Weird. Clowns to the left of us...

The gathering at Mallory Square is a people-watcher's paradise. Drummers to the right...

Don't know whether this fellow is tightrope walking or doing the Tarzan thing through the trees...maybe both.

Shannon also took this shot of Bridget [wolf-whistle here] lookin' good!

I promised to explain more about the edge of the beach here at the house. As can be seen [double-click on the pic to enlarge], a bit of the beach is in the lower-left corner, then there's a row of coral chunks, then a shallow pool before the wall that separates the pool from the canal. The right end of the shallow pool is deeper than the left and there's a hole in the wall at that point through which various critters enter the pool at night.

Spider crabs seem particularly to like the deep end of the shallow pool. They must hide out on the outside of the wall during the day...then venture to the shallows in the dark. Various small fish also enter the pool. At one point, apparently there was an octopus who also would visit...but hasn't been seen for a while. May now be calamari.

Can't see the actual sunset from this house, but can get a view of the western sky that will show colors when the sunset is brilliant.

Didn't fish on Tuesday as wind, in terms both of velocity and direction, left little opportunity for good fishing. May get out this afternoon if winds slack off as forecast.

Islamorada, FL; Everglades National Park; Florida Bay; Florida Keys; fishing; charters; vacations; travel

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