One of the nice things about being an independent author who works from home is that I can set my own schedule. There are days when I spend long hours at the keyboard, only taking occasional breaks for a snack and for dinner, and there are days when we have other things going on and I don’t work at all. And then there are days when I save whatever I’m working on for later and sneak away for a little while and just relax. Yesterday was one of those days.
We know that hot weather is coming, but the last two or three days have been very nice and we wanted to take advantage of being outdoors as much as we could. So yesterday afternoon Terry and I went down to our fishing pier and spent a couple of hours just enjoying being together on a pretty day alongside the water.
There is always something happening down there. Boaters are going up and down the Intercoastal Waterway, fishermen are doing their thing, kayakers are out paddling, the birds are always looking for dinner, and it’s a rare day when we don’t see dolphins or manatees.
Yesterday was a good dolphin day. There were at least three of them hanging around, rolling in the water, flipping their tails, and putting on a show.
The first time they see a dolphin’s dorsal fin cutting through the water, many people think it’s a shark. Once while we were there, someone caught a small shark from the pier, maybe 18 inches long or so, but they really don’t spend much time here.
Now, if you go to the beach that’s a different story. Did you know that nearby New Smyrna Beach is the shark bite capital the world? There are a lot of black tip sharks in the 3 to 4 foot range hanging out in the surf, and every once in a while a surfer or somebody playing in the water gets bit. The injuries are seldom life threatening, but they can be nasty and are not something to be taken lightly, either.
I’m never fast enough on the camera to get a picture of a dolphin all the way out of the water, but I did get this one flipping its tail at us.
This photo was another near miss. A dolphin had just gone beneath the surface after breaching In the water below and just a little left of the pelican.
The dolphins and the birds and all that are very cool, but nothing beats getting a kiss from a pretty lady when you should be working.
Don’t I look content? Life is good!
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