Cedar Key Daily Photo

Relocated to a quirky little island off the west coast of Florida and I'm in my element. Well, I'm a Pisces afterall. Surrounded by water and nature makes each day a gift. Our little town of 900 permanent residents is special, so visit here for photos and I'll share it with you.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Cedar Key's Newest Resident

First of all, I apologize profusely for "disappearing" and secondly, thank you to all of you that posted and questioned where I've been.
This is where I've been.......being "mama" to a new puppy! I was in Augusta, Georgia last week for a writers conference and came home this past Sunday (on my birthday) with my birthday present from my husband.
Meet Duncan......a 6 week old Scottish Terrier. I purchased him from a breeder in Jackson, South Carolina (over the river from Augusta) He did the 8 hour drive home wonderfully and has really settled in here quite well.
However....a puppy IS a puppy and with it comes the minor chores. Like getting only 6 hr. sleep the first two nights and up at 4 a.m. Like the constant trips to the back yard to potty train him and my time has become pretty limited. When he naps during the day, I scurry around trying to get things done. So I'm afraid I haven't been out and about this week snapping photos of my island.
I will be returning, hopefully early next week. So check back and please don't give up on me. Again, thank you to all who wondered where I've been. I'll see you very soon with more photos of my island.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bon Anniversaire, PARIS DAILY PHOTO!

Today's post is in honor of Eric at Paris Daily Photo.....it marks one year since he started his daily photos of Paris and this is a small tribute to him for all of his gorgeous shots of Paris....my beloved city!
We truly have nothing Parisian here on my island, Eric....except IN my house! I took this photo a few years ago on a visit to Paris and it sits on our mantle. And yes....that IS my last name and yes, there IS a street in the 17th arrondisement in Paris called rue DuLong.
So in honor of your first anniversay, this is my photo for you today. Enjoy your special day.....365 days of diligently posting those photos and giving all of us such pleasure and enjoyment. It's the next best thing to actually being there.

Approaching Cedar Key

I've had a super busy week and I apologize for not getting out there with camera for photos to post here.
Left the island today to drive to Crystal River, one hour south of Cedar Key, and since I did have camera with me, I snapped this from the car.
This is the approach from the four bridges onto the island. I always take a deep breath and say "thank you" when I return here after all the traffic and fast pace of the city.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Atsena Otie

Just off the coast of Cedar Key is the island Atsena Otie. Until the hurricane of 1896 this was a populated residential area, at which time people moved over to Cedar Key. Atsena Otie is now a great place to visit by boat....it's a wildlife refuge with an old cemetery there. And just another place to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the area.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Cedar Cove Marina

This is the Cedar Cove Marina and condos. One great thing about the island is that we have height restrictions. No higher than 3 stories. It's reassuring to know that Cedar Key will never look like Miami Beach with so many high-rises robbing the gorgeous scenic views.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Dock Street

The beach in the foreground is City Park...a public beach that everyone enjoys. In the background, is Dock Street. In the 1800's, there was no street. This is where the railroad came in and the rails hovered above the water with fish houses on pilings, leading to the depot at the end of the street.
Dock Street now has galleries, gift shops and many restaurants.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

View From Island Room

The other evening we had dinner at the Island Room, one of the great restaurants on Cedar Key. The weather was nice enough that we could dine outside and this is the view from that spot. Being an island, obviously no matter where you look the view involves the water. Being a Pisces, it's safe to say I'm definitely in my element here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Looking Up

One of the many nice things about living here on the island is that beauty isn't just at eye level. This photo taken last evening shows that if one looks up, there's always beauty above as well. It's not uncommon to see ibis, gulls and pelicans soaring above Cedar Key.