and I needed a break from doctors, insurance companies, and waiting
for the bank appraisal that would seal the deal for the sale of our Michigan
home. So we took a day trip to one of our favorite Florida towns, Cedar Key, known
for fishing and clam farming, also for birds and tourists.
|American Oysters, catching oysters|
|Catching oysters is fun!|
Clapper Rails are difficult to see and photograph, but we saw and photographed them. Their call sounds a lot like clapping hands, and sometimes they will respond to applause.
|They hide in marsh grass and enjoy the mud.|
|Hermit crabs live in salvaged seashells.|
|They carry their seashell homes with them, like retirees living in Airstreams.|
|Male Fiddler Crabs have one large claw; in females, both claws are the same size.|
|How this relates to human men and women is not clear.|
In Florida in March some butterflies are starting to appear.
We welcome any help identifying the flower below.
of the Cedar Key landmarks is the "Honeymoon Cottage." Built in 1959 with a wooden walkway to shore, it has succumbed to a series of hurricanes. Over the years we have
watched it picturesquely decay.
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