Tag Archives: Florida

Florida: The Sunsets of St. Pete Beach.

No matter the evening, viewing a sunset on St. Pete Beach along the Florida Gulf Coast is magical. The beach, sand, palm trees, Gulf of Mexico and other beach goers in combo make for a romantic and beautiful setting every time. A great spot for honeymoon! 🙂 I’ll let the pictures from various summer evenings do all the talking.

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

St. Pete Beach, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, beach, sunset

Where are your favorite spots, either around home or that you’ve come across in your travels, to capture a sunrise/sunset over and over and over again?

Photo of the Week: Staring Out Into Sarasota Bay.

It was sunny summer day in Sarasota, Florida near Siesta Key just staring out into Sarasota Bay. From the shoreline within Bay Island Park I looked off into the distance at the Ringling Causeway Bridge. You know what would be even better?! To be sitting on the boat. 🙂

Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida, Sarasota Bay

Photo(s) of the Week: A Punta Gorda Sunset.

Captured a Punta Gorda sunset along the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida. Was hanging out at Laishley Park Municipal Marina on a summer evening. The Charlotte Harbor (Barron Collier) Bridge lies straight ahead.

Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Florida, sunset

Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Florida, sunset

Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Florida, sunset

Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Florida, sunset

Florida: Picking Up Some Blue Crabs.

Spending time in Florida over the years, I’ve heard lots of people talking about how they get their seafood, specifically their blue crabs, almost right out of the water. For me, the supermarket has always been featured, involving any seafood for the home. The supermarket wasn’t going to be visited today.

It was time to head to Island Crab Company in St. James City on Pine Island on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. You can find blue crab in the gulf among other places.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

There isn’t a store front. You just park and walk up to where they are picking the blue crabs they bought from independent fisherman, whom caught them that day. You tell them what you want.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

You’ll see them busy opening one crate after another…

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

…putting the still alive blue crabs in ice water, sorting by size. They will only sell the blue crabs that are still alive.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

They will put your order in a paper bag, you’ll go inside a room to pay and off you go.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Lot’s of empty crates. You can also get stone crabs, different kinds of fish, oysters, Pine Island clams and more there. Of course there will be lots of boats around. 🙂

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Note: When you get to your destination to cook, make sure to only cook the ones that are still alive. The reason is due to bacterial concerns and also they will taste better. You don’t want to risk getting sick.

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

Who’s that guy?! I didn’t get pinched. 🙂

Gulf Coast Florida, blue crabs

It was a nice experience picking up seafood that didn’t come from the supermarket. Do you have any experiences picking up seafood outside of the supermarket environment (or even catching it yourself) around home or in your travels?

Photo of the Week: The Open Water in Sarasota.

I captured this shot as a passenger going over the Siesta Key Bridge (Siesta Dr., SR 758) in Sarasota, Florida. It connects Siesta Key with the mainland. Looking north, just the open waters straight ahead. Off in the distance you can see condo high rises and the John Ringling Bridge which connects the mainland with Lido and Longboat Keys and lots more Gulf of Mexico beachfront.

Siesta Key Bridge, Sarasota Bay, Florida