Once again, these pictures have not been enhanced in any way other than zoom & crop. Like I keep telling Laura, the green flash is actually pretty common if you have just a little magnification (this is 5x) and keep your eye on the ball. It only lasts for about 1/2 a second and it's more of a "wink" than a "flash". I've put these pictures in the Summer Sunsets photo album on the lower right side of this blog. These pictures are mine, copywrite The Happy Carpenter.
I got my son up early to go fishing this morning. After filling up at the marina ($158! Yikes!) we hit the flats. The tide had just begun to ebb and we had a 15 knot breeze blowing. We spent most of our time off the east side and southern tip of Honeymoon Island. We didn't catch much -- just a little crevalle jack , a small spotted sea trout, a nd a lizard fish.
But today's trip was special for what we saw. We both saw several dolphins (the mammal, not the fish). We saw a huge school of crevalle jacks going wild right next the little bridge seawall. The frigate birds are back. Noel saw a pair of 5' spotted eagle rays, and even saw them jump! And I saw a school of really big tarpon swim right past our boat, rolling and feeding (but not on my bait -- grrrr).
Look at this chart ranking states by how business friendly they are.
I'm not sure what the numbers are, actually, but the ranking tells the tale, does it not? Let's build some office parks at the South Dakota/Minnesota state line and some apartments and stuff and see what happens.
Big surprise: You mean to tell me Michigan has learned its lesson? Amazing!
No surprise: The highest concentration of idiots is in the north east.
The storm has passed, and my Mom, sister, and two daughters are out climbing the shore searching for rainbows. I've got a turkey (49 cents a pound, Kash 'n' Karry) cooking on the rotisserie, the doors and windows are open and a fire is going in the fireplace.
Man I am so partied out. Sooooooooooooo paaaaaaaaaartied oooooooout. Seriously, dude.
Yesterday's finale was a real North Crystal Beach milestone. Brother Lee threw a bowl party like no other. Get this: right after the kids got on the school bus, we all went directly to Lee & Jenifer's house to start on the Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and, in Philip's case, Martinis with the whole 9 yard breakfast. And since Lee is a former bar tender, he makes delicious cocktails.
But now, today, the New Year's resolutions are in effect. My resolutions:
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.