Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day Trip, St. Petersburg Florida Area

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

On January 10, 2014 (this year, just this week even), Man and I made up a list for things to see in St. Petersburg Florida and off we went.

First stop, Sunken Gardens.

Over at Flora and Fauna you can find more photos from our visit to the Sunken Gardens.  You really do not want to miss that post, so sneak on over and them come back - - I'll be waiting for you.

Ahh, you are back - - it was worth it, right?

After our visit to Sunken Gardens we drove down to Fort Desoto.  The brochure they gave us had pages and pages of history!  You can read a bit about it on this Wikipedia page.  With 400 years of history, only one of the draws is the Spanish American War era fort, there are also beaches!

Over at the remains of the fort, there are also BIG guns!

By now my ankle was telling me it was time to stop all this walking around, so, we did not linger.  In this area of the fort the signage was basically non-existent. A big gun is a big gun, right, seen one, seen em all?  NOOOO?  I know fellas, a big gun is special and they are all different, but, it is all beyond me, so they are BIG guns!

As we were leaving I spied these osprey nesting.  Sony Too zoomed all the way.  We were a long way from these two, so I am pleased with the results.

Below:  Fort Desota is that "V shaped land mass to the south west (lower left of the photo) of the orange arrow. Our route home took us north from the Fort area, over to 275, then south then east, then north back to Tampa via 75.

The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge is toll road.  There is a stunning bridge with a steep incline. And, there is a Wikipedia page, of course.

Almost back to Tana, the sun is beginning to set, captured in Jolly's side view mirror (which, yes, is a bit dirty and spotty).

Thus, ends a rather nice day, filled with new places and interesting things to learn.



Fran Ellsworth said...

Thanks for the peaceful, beautiful pictures. It was a respite for the soul. :-)

my Heritage Happens said...

Always love your photos! Have to know, is it really "sunken?" ;-)

Carol said...

Cheryl, yes, it is really sunken. At one point, I believe you are 15 feet below the street level.

It was a lake, or something, drained, and then planted with tropical plants from around the world. The soil is rich and fertile!