My wonderful family took me deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and I can assure you – no oil here, but beautiful dolphins and A LOT of fish. It was chilly as we went out so I was really glad we grabbed jackets at the very last moment. We went out on the Sea Winder and it was amazing!
It was EARLY – my wonderful husband had me us at 5:00 a.m. and it was completely worth it! (& I never say that)
I did catch a snapper a little later and a shark got on my line and I was pretty sure I was stuck on the bottom – it felt like I was trying to bring in an elephant.
Needless to say that snapper did not fair as well…
Look at this gorgeous coastline behind them and the equally gorgeous water.
I got up to get the girls ready for school and again headed to the beach. This seems to be a recurring theme for me these days. Living here I have always noted we take this for granted a little. We appreciate it, we certainly depend on it, but we are families, we work, we have children, they have activities so while we love the water, we can’t go to the beach everyday, but now I am taking a little time everyday to do just that and I am going to take pictures and share them with you everyday too. I get a little snap happy, but I want you to see life as we know it…
These are protected areas for birds mainly, but the sea turtles also nest here. It is a very delicate Ecosystem. The locals take this very seriously and if they see you messing with it, they will call you out.
The media are calling them “sea plankton” or butterflies… I have not seen them along the coast ever so this has me baffled.
This is one up close they are teeny (smaller than the end of a toothpick).
This is a jelly fish wrapped up in all the prickly butterfly drama…
These next two pictures are all the little sea creatures just underwater – that is how clear our water is. I am looking down into the water.
Note it is bad beach etiquette to dig holes and leave them. The turtles do NOT like that, so leave it to my family to cover the holes, I am so proud, this is them covering a ginormous hole!
Yes, her shirt is inside out…
A Feline Friends of Destin Feral Kitty – well taken care of and very relaxed…
Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Dino Villani said the Department of Environmental Protection determined Pensacola’s need for the booms to be greater than Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties and will not provide as many booms as he had expected.
The cleanup is still under the unified command of the Coast Guard and BP, LLC. Cleaning efforts were suspended Sunday because of the weather but the command reviewed the trajectory of the spill and announced the placement of additional booms.
My fear is they obviously do not have limitless supplies of these booms and they are attempting to mitigate damages in what they feel to be the larger populated areas. We have not received any real updates of any magnitude for quite some time.
This is just heartbreaking… we literally sit, and wait, and pray. It is hard to put into words how pretty it is here, but here are a few pictures. We love where we live, but we love the beaches, the wildlife, the fishing, the everything.
It has been a long weekend and it consumes us all along the Emerald Coast. So…I let the kids do what they do best today, PLAY! Here is hoping and praying for the best and enjoying a rainy stormy day at the beach!