Our first outing of the day was to the dentist to get our cleanings. I have had some terrible sensitivity for the past few months and Dr. Kiefer found a crack in a tooth. He says I need a crown. It could turn into a root canal too. Really, it hurts the purse more than the mouth.
I spent the rest of the morning studying Extended Warranties for the motorhome. Here’s the thing: reading insurance-type documents makes my eyes snap shut. And the price of the policy is enough to take my breath away. Andy took me out of my misery by suggesting we go to Sombrero Beach to eat our lunch and then Crane Point for our walk. He didn’t have to ask me twice.
After several weeks of rain, heat, and high humidity, today was spectacular. We got our favorite picnic table at the beach.
I spotted this Great White Egret as we were walking back to the car after we ate. It was at the same spot as the Little Blue Heron the other day.
Since I was on the pier in Sister Creek, I turned and took a picture aimed out at the ocean. That’s our favorite picnic pavilion on the left.
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center is a 63-acre preserve and one of my favorite places to walk.
We walked out Crane Road to Crane Point.
I love the Florida Thatch Palm leaves and take more pictures of them than anything else when we walk around Crane Point. The leaves are a couple feet across.
And, I always get a close up.
The trees were loaded. I’m pretty sure these are Pigeon Plums although they don’t match all the pictures on Google Images. They are closely related to Sea Grapes and the fruit is an important source of food for migrating birds.
Porous limestone is what is under our feet in much of the Florida keys. Treacherous.
Crane Point is named for Francis and Mary Crane who built this house in 1949. It is in poor condition and not open to visitors.
I found these mangrove blossoms out at Crane Point. They are very small and you have to look for them.
We stopped in the Wild Bird Center, for injured birds. Some are healed and released and a good many of them are permanent residents, like this tiny burrowing owl. I don’t know how it is possible, but they can burrow tunnels through that limestone.
There is always a pelican sitting just like this on this perch. I think it is the same one.
Here is a bird that I don’t recall seeing before. It looks as though his eye is in his beak. I can’t find it in my bird books or on line. Anybody know what it is?
This is the Adderly House, the oldest house in the keys, outside of Key West. Built in 1903 by Bahamian George Adderly, the house is crumbling. The woman in the picture is doing some preservation on the tabby.