Dumfounded by the recent additions to this thread! Your photos are a gorgeous tribute to a place. You've caught not just the obvious beauties, but the subtle poetry of light, sky, and ruffled waters. Thanks for the interesting and complete text, as well.
I had two questions answered as I was watching the waterway on Sunday. One, should I wear shoes when kayaking in the area, and, two, would I like to try standing paddle boarding.
As I was sitting on the balcony I first saw this man on his paddle board. It was very low tide and he was paddling down the middle of the channel.
I could hear two boats coming up behind him really fast and the man turned to check on either the boats, as well as his partner.
I aimed my lens to where the woman was paddling.
When I looked back, the man had fallen off his board.
The boats finally slowed down, and the woman sat down on her board so the wake from the boats wouldn't throw her off. The man, however, was not getting up and I could see just how shallow the water was where he was sitting.
I finally realized he had injured his foot, and I have to assume he stepped on something in the water. If you look through some of my photos you can see many accumulations of scallop and clam shells.
The woman fetched his board and his paddle, but it took the guy awhile to get back onto is board.
I have never really thought I'd like the standing boards.
I certainly plan to wear my water sandals with the hard soles the next time I kayak at Cedar Key.
Mossie, even though it looks like I'm alongside a river in my pictures, Cedar Key is actually a collection of islands, of various sizes, just off the mainland in the Gulf of Mexico. Here's a link to an aerial photograph that might help make it clearer.
htmb...I have really enjoyed touring Cedar Key with you. Your pics are amazing and so much GREEN! I live in a state which is mostly red and scruffy browns, and to see such wide swathes of green is beautiful in itself. Your excellent photos clearly show your love of the place.
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Thank you, Questa. It's true. There is a lot of green in my part of Florida. Most of the green you see in my Cedar Key pictures is mangrove, but there are a lot of pines and some hardwoods on the islands, too. And, of course, Cedar Key got its name from the Cedar trees that used to be bountiful.
The new pictures are great. It always looks like those isolated tall pilings have been put there specifically for the convenience of ospreys, pelicans and other such hunters, but I know that they are just marking the location of the channel.
After Florida voters approved a ban on gill nets in 1994, Cedar Key — where net-caught fish had fired the economy for generations — stared financial and cultural catastrophe in the face. But in just five short but busy years, the town was able to claim supremacy among the nation’s producers of farm-raised clams. This improbable success story is one that combines the spirit of a committed, never-say-die community unafraid of hard work with that of Florida politics done right and the know-how of the 48-year-old University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).