It was February 28 of last year when I registered the domain photosfromflorida.net. I still haven’t figured out exactly what this blog is yet, and I know that I don’t write nearly enough during the school year, but I’m excited to move forward.
Here’s some of my favorite pictures from the past year with a few behind-the-scenes stories.
Summer in Florida is always stormy. There’s a reason the state is known as the “lightning capital of the United States.” Every summer brings intense storms, but this year feels … more intense. We were in the car yesterday and pulled over into the parking lot of a driving range on Daniels Parkway due to heavy rain. After about 5 minutes of waiting – CRACK – a lightning bolt hit the driving range about 200 yards away. After that harrowing experience we figured it would be better to be on the road. Later we found out there had been 1,300 lightning strikes around 3 p.m. in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area.
But as the thunderclouds drifted away we drove out to Bunche Beach – San Carlos Bay Preserve to get the sunset that we earned – the sunset we deserved. We were handsomely rewarded.
Even on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with highs touching 90 degrees and bathwater blue-green water, there were maybe 100 people on Bowman’s Beach. The birds and dolphins took advantage to enjoy their day at the beach.
The sunsets in Southwest Florida are a sight to behold. I try to get out at least once a week and watch the sun set over a body of water. Just being out in the col evening watching this giant fireball sink away is relaxing. On of my favorite places is the Carlos Bay – Bunche Beach Preserve off of Summerlin in Fort Myers right before the Sanibel Causeway. It’s a great site where you can see both Sanibel and Fort Myers beaches.