Spoonbills, on the other side of the wreck.
I was at Cemetery Point. As a point, paddling options are presented. I usually paddle to the Number 3 Bridge. Today, I choose the other option, taking the channel that eventually empties into the Gulf on the northwest side of Way Key.
Paddled over an hour to get the last 4 photos
Seeing a whale makes it worthwhile.
The wind continued to blow . Which had me taking longer to circle Way Key, There are numerous small, grassy, oyster shell islands. I did not want to take shortcuts between them to prevent running aground on those shells, pushed by the wind
Nice location, but for one major problem. I don't see a place to launch a kayak. So, Old Fenimore Mill, on the other end of Way Key, with its two beaches, is still where I will buy if I win the lottery.
Checking on the kayak
Just enough water to get past the oyster bars at the wreck in the Number 2 Channel to get to the spoonbill roost
Tide was going out fast, so I did not think I would make it back out past the wreck. So, I went through a gap in the mangroves into the Number 3 Chanel. The second gap I tried. The first, narrow one was too shallow
The light was making this great egret's legs look white. I thought I had a rarity. Great white herons do not come this far north. It took flight, black legs outstretched.
Landed at 5:20
View from inside 331
Here we go again, 7:34
I made do with what nature provided.
I began to paddle back. Turned around a couple times for pictures. Than the waves grew to about 3 feet so I just aimed over my shoulder.
Also so 2 dolphins to the east, which distracted me from what was going on to the west. No dolphin photos.
Landed at 8:42