St Petersburg, Ft. DeSoto park

Nov 14, 2009 by Janine |
Its been a few years since I have last visited the beaches of Ft. DeSoto. I was in the neighborhood for a conference and figured I would stop by. The beaches are beautiful and have been voted #1 in the nation for several years now. The park is known for abundant shorebirds and other wildlife. I saw plenty of birds on my visit and took a few hundred photos!

A multitude of sandwich terns


Greedy gulls




Great posers




I walked out on one of the piers and was amazed to see the ocean literally boiling with bait fish. I have never seen this before and it was quite amazing. The boil provided a buffet for the gulls and terns who would delicately pluck them from the water while on the wing. A pod of dolphins also joined in the feast.



After the excitement of the pier, I decided to sit on the beach for a while and watch the "peeps" go by






Finally, I was treated to a beautiful sunset.



Staying put for a while

Nov 08, 2009 by Janine |
After traveling most of the past three weeks, its been great to have a few days at home. Been trying to keep up with everyone's blogs on the road, but its hard to update mine since my pictures are all on the home computer.

These pictures are from the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg, FL. I was there for a conference for a few days and I have to say this is probably one of my favorite hotels. It is surrounded by native plantings and wetlands with boardwalks and trails throughout. Its the perfect way to escape the hectic pace and just relax. I took a walk one evening at sunset- the light was amazing.

This anhinga was perched quietly alongside the boardwalk, unnoticed by most who passed by.


Sleepy little gator


Watersnake


Red belly slider


A young Common Yellowthroat that was sadly missing a foot. He seemed to be doing fine though and was dining on small gnats at the water's edge.



More from St. Petersburg, coming soon!