I love vacation. Who does not?

Last November in Florida I spent a day at the beach of Lovers Key State Park. A nice and quiet remote beach inside a state park. Unlike other beaches who charge you hourly for parking (like $4/hr), The only charge $5 for entering the park. From parking they offer a free tram ride down to the south end of the beach. 

After enjoying the sun and ocean for a while I packed up my beach stuff and returned to the beach equiped with my camera and started walking down the beach. I wanted to take my 25mm lense and my Lumix G70 on some experiments.  Soon I stumbled over some birds, which weren't shy at all. They just met me walk up close taking my pictures while they were minding their own business.

Atfer walking for a couple of more minutes I found this

In the wake of hurricane Irma, which swept over the region about two months ago, dozens, maybe even hundreds, of shells have been swept on shore. I didn't even try counting them all up. Most of them were already damaged, but just the sight of this many shells took my breath for a few seconds. I have been to this place many times before, but never have I seen something like this. Amazed by this I started to look for great shells and angles to take some nice shots and spent some time at this place before continuing my walk down the beach.

Not far down I meet this nice guy. He was just standing there enjoying the beach like I did and didn't mind me taking pictures of him standing only a couple of feet away.

I could pretty much work my entire way around him, getting him at any angle I wanted.

The sun was already setting and I couldn't have been in a better place

Have you ever seen something like this? I don't know who did this, but they were definatelly my heros of the day. The entire root of this dead tree, already solid wood, had been decorated with shells from the beach shining in the setting sun. I don't know about you, but this is art. With the sunlight soming from the water, this was just perfect!

All in all I can sayis that this was the highlight of my day. If you are ever in the area, you should plan a day to spend here, it is totally worth it.
If you want to see all pictures, have a look at the album. The wildlife images will be online soon.



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