Its been a few days since I last enterred a few thoughts.. My husband has been pushing me to chat about our adventures, however simple they might be. Maybe its what keeps our dreams alive, to have it bound on text-reminding us to edit our lives as we go forth with reflection of the blue print we leave behind or carve forward…its the same on the water.
Every inch we touch, whether be land or sea….is an experience forward. It brings forth change.
We notice a shiny shell, pick it up, view it, discard it, take it home, or skim it across the waters’ surface…we leave a trail. Our life is a path we lead or follow. The sea offers a respite to that path-whether we find the balance in sailing, motoring, paddling, swimming, painting, gazing or crossing a bridge as we experience it. The water..
Today was a perfect day on the water. Sun, warmth, calm waters and a sense of adventure played out for the perfect day.
Tomorrow will be even better.
Another weekend on its way-still chilly in the morning, but sunburned by the afternoon. Tonight a bitter 35 degrees once again….outside most of the day chatting, setting folks out paddling and enjoying the sunshine:)
After dinner, we walked down the docks and noticed tini bait fish scurrying along the surface of the calm evening waters(we wondered if it were raining!) …and a solitary Snowy White Egret with a sneaky step by step stalk- like manner hunting his prey in the basin corner. He was tucked cautiously under the edge of the dock without acknowledging our presence, we stood silently just inches above looking down watching him skillfully stalked his dinner.. Splash! Snap! Wiggle! There goes a small minnow… instantly gulped down into the Egret’s slender white throat was the feast so diligently caught.
What a perfect ending to a busy day.
Our Pelican population has been wonderful! They are a spectacular sight lining up the walls and shorelines huddling keeping warm. They summer ocean side-winter intracoastal side:) Their is a small spoil island just 15 miles north of us that hosts a large pod of white Pelicans. They are awesome !
Pesky dolphins have been abundant- I say Pesky because they have a sweet charm about them sneaking up on folks…our paddlers-and myself- will be drifting watching them feed or play with mullets, only to have the dolphins disappear under the kayak and resurface gleefully to totally disguise their whereabouts! Almost like a visual tag… you think they are right beside you- a whoosh! A heavy breadth of fishy hot air spills out as they surface opposite where you expect them to pop up. Quite entertaining at that. Its when they actually throw a small fish at you that you realize these guys truly think about us as their entertainment! I am always in awe of their engaging skills-physically and mentally.
More on that later:)
The paddling for us since Christmas has been hit or miss, sometimes sunny warm days will invite us out, briefly for a few hours until the cold creeps into our bones…..I become quite grumpy after several cloudy days…at least I can take a few days off now and then due to inclement weather. Spring is around the corner and we willl be out straight kayaking, giving tours and playing on the water. We have a new paddling adventure for April- more on details later.
Anyways, I miss the time out on the water sharing the Florida wildlife- and keeping an eye on our habitats which are so fragile now. Another BP accident or intense developement will certainly curb our creatures quality of life. Our tradeoff isn’t that sweet anymore- keep building and growing without social responsibility for the future…..we need hydroponics, green machines and green thumbs to keep our planet thriving. We need ecology, clean waters and adequate rookeries, hatcheries with less impact in the oceans, estuaries and watersheds. But we all know that-