Tuesday, May 27, 2008

St. Augustine in pictures - day 1

Shooter and I took an Eco-Tour of St. Augustine while we were there and I got some amazing pictures due to our being out in the water. Here are a few....

Just thought this was kinda neat.

St. Augustine is currently a free port - but the local government is looking to try to change that. Basically anyone can come in and anchor their boat in the "bay" at no charge. I didn't get any pictures of them, but the south side of the "bay" is full of discarded boats. We even saw one sailboat that had been run ashore and left there. On the north side of the "bay" are the permanent "residents" of St. Augustine's boat village.

This is one of the many dolphins we encountered while in St. Augustine and Crescent Beach. Our Eco-Tour guide is working on getting grant money to track the migration of the dolphins in that area - to see where they go during the winter season. I told him I'd definitely volunteer to go with him to the Bahamas and take photographs for him. ;-)

We came up on this sand bar and found these four adolescent brown pelicans and a host of other sea birds. Zach, our tour guide, said that you know they're adolescents because their heads are still brown and fuzzy.

There is this huge bronze cross erected in St. Augustine. We passed by these fishermen and I thought it was a poignant picture.

This is a picture of the Castillo de San Marcos. Being in the "bay", which isn't really a bay, offered a great perspective on taking pictures of downtown.

Here's a better shot of downtown and the shops.


whitney said...

Did you go to the fort? into town? the eco-tour sounds fun! i didn't know they had that!

tz said...

awesome pictures!

calicobebop said...

Great pictures! I'm glad you had such a great time!