One of my sons has a passion for fishing, so when he asked if his big city sister would like to go to Cedar Key and fish from the shore I jumped at the opportunity to join them. It's been almost a year since I've been to Cedar Key, but looking at beach photos Mark has recently posted from India has made me especially anxious to get back to the vicinity of a large body of water......not that Cedar Key has great beaches.
On the trip today I took photos in three different spots while they fished, but since I'll be returning in a few weeks I thought I would combine both trips into one thread.
We left the house fairly early in the morning. Fortunately there was no fog, but deer grazing along the side of the highway is still a potential hazard.
A little over an hour after leaving the house we were entering the Cedar Keys.
We spotted a bald eagle soon after arriving, but I was not able to get a photo. I later found this osprey perched on a boat house in the distance.
So the fishing was moved to the public area next to the Cedar Key cemetery. As we walked towards the shoreline this airboat was headed out. Noisy things!
I left to wander a bit and found this lizard posing in the sun.
However, under the boardwalk, just beneath the lizard, a surprised fisherman was having a squat and enjoying his morning constitutional, despite the fact there was a chemical toilet on the other end of the boardwalk. Up pops his head, and I wouldn't be surprised if he thought I was taking his photo.
Traveling down the boardwalk, my destination was the cemetery which was now on my right.
From a lot of dates on the tombstones, it looks like people don't live very long in Cedar Key. As for the dead veteran, I hope that not too many people have accidents on his road after swilling beer in the cemetery.
It does look like it was a lovely day. I tend to forget what a blue sky looks like at this time of year in Paris.
Lovely Htmb! That must be the daughter coming to Paris with you next year? The cemetery interested me a lot. Those graves with rounded cement on top are exactly like some of my relatives graves. Must have been the fashion way back then. I see Brian Rory Beusing earned the Purple Heart! I wondered about the cemetery being so close to water. That is a big no no here. Seepage etc....
The cemetery is close to water, for sure, but it's relatively elevated on what's most likely the highest spot on Cedar Key. It's also on the eastern side of the big island, so more protected from the gulf.
I had wondered about those graves with the concrete. I don't recall seeing something like that before, but it could just be my lack of experience visiting cemeteries.
And, yes, that's my youngest daughter. She traveled with me to Paris and Brittany in 2009. I hope she will still be able to go with me to London and Paris in the summer of 2015, but she is in the process of relocating from Washington, DC to New York City so it's always possible she will feel the need to delay her trip.
Honestly, Htmb, it's hard for me to say something nice about this fabulous thread because I am so totally jealous of your being there!
Gorgeous pictures -- some are almost 3D. Wish I could be Mary Poppins & step into them. Love the vistas of the salt marshes & thank you so much for overcoming your aversion to cemeteries. Florida has some great ones & you certainly captured one of the best. That picture of the boat on the sun-dazzled water is outstanding. You really capture the feel of the place, although I must complain about including the sign for delicious stone crabs -- too cruel!
We were hungry, but decided to drive back to Gainesville to eat at a restaurant across from the university. Here's a photo of some of their interesting wall art.
It won't be long before I'll return once again to Cedar Key. Hopefully, I will have decent weather and there will be winter birds to photograph. I won't have any of my children with me on the next trip, but I will be accompanied by my new companion and partner in crime: a 55 pounder that thinks she's a lapdog. Sorry this is not her most flattering side.
I would imagine that various Goodyear blimps tend to hover in areas where there will be a major football game. Naturally, a day or two before that rendezvous, they are used for joyrides for local VIPs and their families.
It sounds as though you're planning to go back fairly soon, while it's still winter. I'm really looking forward to your next report. You do such a fabulous job of covering nature through the seasons, it will be most interesting to see Cedar Key in its rather subtle winter time.
Super day htmb! Did you want to crawl into that kayak and go for a paddle? My favorite photo is the close up of the trees, the color of the leaves are muted yet bright. Your daughter will miss her puppy but be very happy she is with you and being well cared for.
Thank you, Mich. Yes, the kayak was certainly tempting.
Leaving the dog with me was like my daughter was abandoning her child. They certainly have a close bond and we are both hoping the "right" NYC apartment will also be pet friendly. In the meantime, I should be getting lots of exercise since I cannot let the dog outside on her own. Being a lab/pointer mix she needs lots of walks to keep her happy.
As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I returned to Cedar Key and spent three nights.
There are several things I like about Cedar Key. It's really "old Florida," and is relatively quiet and laid back. When there, I rarely run into anyone I know even though I'm only an hour and fifteen minutes from my home. It's a great place to rest, recharge, walk, read, write, and bike. When there I'm typically dressed in old jeans or shorts and a t-shirt with tennis shoes, no make-up, and barely brushed hair. No one cares.
Since I've been visiting pretty regularly the last few years, not much has changed.
Outside City Hall
There's a wonderful artist cooperative. I bought a few postcards there on my recent visit. They featured prints made from the work of a local artist.
Across the street is the local postoffice where I mailed the cards. The father of one of my friends was the Cedar Key postmaster for many years until he retired. The current postmaster couldn't have been nicer. I had a few minutes to observe him while I waited my turn. He happily helped customers while sharing scissors, tape and boxes. His friendliness was certainly a contrast to the unhappy faces I see at my local postal office.