Clouds, Surf And A Sunset , An Afternoon In Key Largo.

Clouds, Surf And A Sunset , An Afternoon In Key Largo.

Florida Day Eight Key Largo (19 of 31)
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On my  Wednesday  afternoon in Key Largo during my recent visit,  after a  morning hike, and  a long zoom meeting   I took a  ride to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. 

Located a few miles north of my resort  this is one of the first coral reef underwater parks in the Nation. There are over 70 square miles of coral reef in the park.  There are also tow small beaches  and a couple short hiking trails in the park.  

I walked to Cannon  beach on the mostly sunny,  warm and humid afternoon. Cumulus clouds drifted in the blue skies.  There were a lot of folks enjoying the small sandy beach, The beach has cannons retrieved from shipwrecks of  the Spanish gold fleet in the early 1700’s.

After walking on this beach and another beach surrounded  by mangrove trees, 

I walked to the Grove trail. This trail left the mangrove forest along the shore and entered the sub-tropical hardwood forest, 

Coral  could be seen under the gumbo-limbo and poison wood trees along the trail. 

It is a short half mile trail that ends in a old key lime, orange and lemon grove, one of the first citrus fruit farms on Key Largo. I had hoped to see some migrating songs birds that are often found in the grove but I think they were avoiding the afternoon Florida heat. 

I returned on the trail. I saw  no wildlife , and followed another short trail in the park, the Wild Tamarind Trail.

Named after one of thre trees native to Key Largo this short  1/4 mile trail identifies native trees and plants. 

It was now late afternoon  in Key Largo when I ended my my short visit to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park. I returned to my resort just in time to watch another sub-tropical sunset over the Florida Bay. 

You can never enough sunrises or sunsets. I enjoy every one.

I enjoyed watching the sail boats on the horizon as the sun slowly set over the bay. 

Brown pelicans swam in the waters that glowed orange from the rays of the setting sun

Seagulls and

brown pelicans  flew over the waters of the Florida Bay as the sun sank into the sea, 

The almost full moon rose in the eastern sky as I headed to pick up my dinner as another lovely day in the Florida Keys ended. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my afternoon in Key Largo. Florida Day Eight: John Pennekamp and sunset February 24 2021. 

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras




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