Monday, February 21, 2011

Veterans Sunrise

With a long weekend off, Saturday through Monday, I just about got used to waking up early and last Monday morning as my wife got her stuff wearily together for another fun week in the trenches of her classroom I took the dog off to Veteran's Park for a sniff and a picture or two.Summer tourists flock to Veteran's Park on the south side of Highway One at the southern end of the Seven Mile Bridge because the waters are shallow and the wading or swimming is easy. This time of year in the wake of a cold front the waters are rather cool for swimming at dawn and Cheyenne and I had the place to ourselves. Three cars came and went in the hour we were there but none of the occupants got out, preferring to sit and admire the view through their windshields.The tide was out and with a full moon coming up there was a fair bit of normally submerged beach exposed. As the sun made it's way up the colors changed and I stood there entranced. Above, the spoil islands created by Flagler's dredging to build the Seven Mile Bridge. Below the view west past Veteran's Park.
My pocket camera makes picture taking far too easy.I've always wanted to be twenty feet tall. It was not until I came to the US that I discovered that being 5'6" (168cms) is considered short. It's a useful height to be if one wants to live on a boat.Looking east toward Marathon.So, why do they call these red mangroves? Are the roots red enough?Cheyenne is delicately picking her way across some of that rare Keys sand. This looks like a sandy beach to me but for people expecting the sort of beaches you find on mainland Florida this sort of meagre beach is bound to prove a disappointment.Highway One is never far away.
Cheyenne was not quite sure she wanted to lay down in the water but she gave it the old college try.It was a delightful morning.
By the time we left the sun was fully up and the day was bathed in orange. Where this guy was going or coming from on the Bahia Honda Bridge I couldn't say.I hoped he was enjoying the morning as much as I was. This weekend is my long weekend at work, Saturday night through Tuesday morning, so when the sun is at this angle this weekend, I'm asleep.