January 2, 2012 Florida Keys Destination Key West Part 1   Leave a comment

Our first full day in Florida we decided to head to United States’ most southern location and the beginning/ending of Highway 1.  Instead of jumping on the highway, we decided to take a leisurely drive off the expressway from our hotel to Highway 1 junction.  Many stop lights later we were on Highway 1 headed south.  Driving Highway 1 through the Keys; first there are signs talking about deer being endangered :0  http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/southflorida/coral/endangeredkeys.html#deer  Since we live in an area with an over abundance of deer, this was a bit surprising.  It seems Key Deer (which are much smaller than our Mid-west deer) are endanger due to reduced fresh water supply.  Through conservation this petite deer population has increased from 25-80 in the 1950’s to today’s approximate population of 300. 

I’ve discovered that I did not take many pictures on the way down to Key West.  About the time I would see something we were already past the area or it was in an area that pulling off would not have been possible.  We stopped at a state park along the way  where I captured a few birds (Sap Sucker and Sanderling).  I kept trying to capture the Great White and Great Blue Heron, once we drove a side road for a bit and I was able to capture a Great Blue Heron.

Female Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker


Female Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker 2

 John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


Sanderling Against the Wind

Bill on the water – Sea Captain in a previous life?

Great Blue Heron

Next: January 2 Part 2 Key West


Posted May 30, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

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