Your love for this place certainly shines through in the photographs -- these are maybe even more gorgeous than ever. I'm glad you're showing people that even places sometimes considered to have no seasons, actually have beautiful subtle autumns and springs.
Can't believe you got that perfect shot of the fish going into the pelican's beak. Dumb question about those pelicans: are they that color all year round, or do they molt to white part of the year?
I have a lot to learn about Pelicans. I do know there are eight different types worldwide. Those I've photographed are brown pelicans, of which there are several subspecies. I believe they basically stay the same color year round, except for changes to their head/face during mating season. I also think they are the smallest of the Pelicans, even though they are a fairly large bird. They are quite different from the white Pelicans I photographed at Homosassa Springs (photos below the flamingos).
You just never know what kind of creature will be perched on the piling outside my condo rental. Friday morning when I checked I was met by this ugly buzzard. I suppose other buzzards must think he's special.
I'd kind of put Halloween out of my mind, but as I wandered into the center of the main island I could see some people were getting into the spirit.
This was a private home.
The Island Hotel and Restaurant
One of the old buildings was being turned into a spook house. I don't think I was supposed to walk through here.
Down on the pier this person was protecting herself from the sun as she fished.
While this little cutie enjoyed playing in the sand at the park.
Off from the park I spotted some fins. I wonder if they were the same dolphins I'd seen the night before on the opposite side of the island.
Back at "home," I was delighted to spot a pair of bald eagles. I know there have been some nesting in the Cedar Key area, but don't recall ever getting a photo.
Some might actually call it boring, but the quiet was just the thing I needed.
The condo property manager told me this was his favorite time of year. The population of Cedar Key was less than 800 people in the last statistic I could find so, even when the fishermen come from out of town, it's still a very quiet place to visit in late October.
This always looks so coordinated to me.
I had an interesting time observing these Pelicans, though the direction of the light was not very good for photography.
I swear I think they pose for pictures with the hope I'll toss them a treat.
You can see the difference in color between these Pelicans and those I photographed by the condo. This is more what I think of when someone mentions a brown pelican.
I find their feet quite interesting.
Coming now to the close of the second day.
This was a very gentle sunset.
While, later that evening, I also enjoyed a delightful moonrise.
I never know what's normal, or not, with birds that swallow their food whole and alive. This pelican had eaten something large and it was clearly floundering. It was even tipped forward as it tried to swallow. Inside its beak I could see something trying to get out, but I haven't a clue as to what was in there.
I had to wonder if hooks or fishing line were part of the problem
Anyway, it was getting later in the day, and time to move on.
Besides being Halloween weekend, it was also time for the annual Florida-Georgia college football game, played in Jacksonville. Many fans were inside watching the game being played on the opposite side of the state.
This looked like a cute place behind the mess of the garden.
Halloween and black cats!
A view of the dock area from the opposite side of the town.
As you can see, Cedar Key is really a tiny little place. Many residents work outside of the town, and it takes them at least 45 minutes to an hour to get to the more inhabited areas in this part of the state.
I had learned from the ladies at the convenience store that Halloween in Cedar Key was an organized event. Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic and businesses treat children to little bits of candy and goodies beginning at 6:00 PM. The early time is dedicated to younger children, while the older kids are expected to show up an hour later. The ladies also mentioned that many folks living outside of town, in areas even more isolated, were likely to come to Cedar Key for the "big event."
As it got closer to 6 o'clock, I could see groups beginning to gather around the little town.
Yet more super nature study, those pelicans just don't look real but something out of a horror movie. And the little girl in your last picture looks like she is smoking. I hope it is just the way she is putting her hand near her mouth.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Mossie, I'm sure she was not smoking, but think she had a lollipop in her mouth.
However, I imagine the rate of adults and older teenagers in the area who smoke is quite high. it seems to parallel low income and low levels of education. Most of the people I've met in Cedar Key are hardworking individuals, but life seems to be pretty tough for many.
Not odd at all, fumobici. I like the butterfly photos,too. I have enjoyed taking butterfly photos at Cedar Key in the past, but hardly saw any the whole weekend. I was happy to get the photo of what I believe to be a Gulf Fritillary.
Cedar Key certainly made quite an effort for Halloween with some very imaginative costumes.
I have to say I don't approve of it in England and it is not so much of a spectacle. I suppose I am old fashioned because it has almost totally overshadows Guy Fawkes night, although we still got a good dose of fireworks over the weekend.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
I can quite see how this is a favourite place of yours Htmb Really enjoyed going back to Cedar Key with you- it appears to me that the light is really lovely there - is the air always so clear? Is there much light pollution because if not I expect the night sky is wonderful. The photos as always are wonderful, the expressions on the pelican's face are quite amusing so I do hope he had just bitten off more fish than he could chew and that no fishing hooks were involved.
Light polution at Cedar Key is very minimal, Lugg, so it's a wonderful place to star gaze. There are maps in an old thread HERE that will give you a better idea of how the keys (islands) are scattered about off the coast of Florida. In this area, much of the land along the coast is swamp or low lying forest and owned by the state.
There are several reasons I enjoy Cedar Key. To begin with, it's less than a 90 minute drive from my home. Also, it's hardly ever crowded since there isn't really much beach due to its location. It's also cheap. On most of the visits I've made, I've paid for two nights and gotten the third night free since I'm usually there during very slow times of the year.