A walk on St. Pete Beach

Go for a walk. Realize that you are part of nature. That nature is not something you can collect. It is collecting you. Pick up some garbage. Pick up some seeds, some feathers, some stones. Examine your findings. Know that you cannot decide their worth. You have no way of knowing. Today, a look at one tiny part of the celestial body that owns us. That's right, it's bigger. Like few other precious things. Bigger than you. Bigger than your plans. Bigger than what you thought was going to happen.

The planet is bigger than you and you are living here, paying rent to other people. You are not paying rent to the planet. Your stay here is free. Appreciate that.

Value your relationship with the flora&fauna around you and let that value fill you from the toes up. Until it pours out of your ears, a sign that your brain is saturated with love for your habitat and that no ignorance can find its way upstream.

Below, appreciate above-water Florida. Some of you know what I mean when I say "above-water". When you explain it to other people, don't be surprised when they call you a paranoid, propaganda-monger.

A Brown Pelican, fine people.

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He is diving for mouthfuls of anchovies and sardines. While enjoying a margarita, I was able to peer over the side of the wall, into the water, and focus on the darting schools of these fish. I highly recommend this restaurant (Woody's Waterfront) for both the pelican-watching and the margaritas.

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On the way back to the beach, over the pavement bridges that connect the sand, I observed many of these beauties.

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That tiny fold of skin under the chin actually folds out into a bright yellow-orange dewlap. What's a dewlap? In lizards, it's a tiny fan-shaped protrusion from the neck that is mostly used to attract mates or to communicate with other lizards of its kind.

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Beyond the sea wall and the large obstacles that break the waves, I admired a pair of Double-crested Cormorants drying their wings in the sun. If you're unfamiliar with the bizarre process by which they dry their wings, check out this post from a while back: 2birdfeature #6.

And this little lady swam ashore to beg for food when I walked near her.

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Come back later this week for more wildlife. I'll still be here rooting for the planet. I'm not going anywhere.