The word is DUSK. It was heading towards dusk as we drove into Denver from the airport. I was lucky enough to be on the right in the backseat and was in awe of the dramatic clouds hanging over the foothills of the Rockies. Shot this through the window glass of the moving car.
Okay, mark this up as a job you couldn’t pay me enough to do. Ever. Our pond was recently dredged to deal with years of accumulated muck. The process involves two guys and a noisy machine. They take turns day-by-day standing on the shoreline managing the long narrow eco bags the the much is siphoned into while the other guy stands in the pond up to his neck dredging up muck with a stick. They are doing this in water moccasin and alligator habitat. Eeew. The guy on the shore told me the water moccasins don’t like the noise and vibration and they scamper to the other side of the pond. But he said the gators don’t mind, and hang around. He said once in a while they feel a gator tail brush up against their bare legs. Eeew. I asked why the gators don’t eat them and he said they are the wrong size prey. The gators prefer the turtles and other animals. But he said the non-poisonous ringneck snakes can be problematic, and he showed me a two-week-old bite mark on his calf. Eeew.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel looms behind Sarasota’s signature Ringling Bridge on the John Ringling Causeway, and the Ringling Bridge looms behind the old bridge linking Coon Key to Bird Key on the causeway. The Ringling Bridge was a bone of contention in the community when it was proposed to replace the old drawbridge. The “new” bridge was built between 2001 and 2003, and now one wonders what all the fuss was about. It is used daily year round not only to move thousands of vehicles to the barrier islands, but also as an exercise route for walkers, joggers and bicyclists huffing and puffing across the 65-foot-high and 2,000-foot-long expanse. It replaces the old drawbridge that was built in 1959 and opened about 18 times a day, disrupting traffic flow to and from Bird Key, St. Armands Key and Longboat Key.