Winter white out, ... Pure Florida style.
Glowing in the last few minutes of daylight, these white pelicans were resting on a shelly sandbar near North Key.
I do love the fact that they visit here.
They are a temporary seasonal gift of white ... like ice, snow , and sleet.
We could not resist them, so we turned the boat, shut the motor and let the wind drift us past this tiny bar covered in white.
Watching these pelicans seemed like a great way to burn off the last rays of a setting sun.
I've said it before on this blog, but I love pelicans for allowing me to "suspend reality" for a moment and visualize the pterosaurs of long ago.
I picture shorelines millions of years ago covered with quarrelling pterodactyls, while others snatch fish from the surface of the Western Interior Seaway.
I can see it so vividly with a little help from my Pelican lenses.
Call it pelican induced hallucinations ... or just call it weird, but I can see it so clearly in the presence of pelicans.
A few days later, while seeking contact with redfish, Captain Denny and I came across this flock of white pelicans and cormorants feeding together.
The photo above is a tiny cropped portion of this magnificent raft of birds.