After Charlie is long gone............ by Brenda Dow

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Amazing friends, amazing views, amazing time…….
This is an image from a day at Lovers Key, Fort Myers, Florida. Joined by 3 other RB friends, we meandered around the sand, shooting osprey,
jumping over driftwood, watching boats coming and going from New Pass, listening to the waves and feeling the glorious sun come out from behind the foggy misty air………..
Lovers Key is a 1,616 acre park that included 4 barrier islands…… Lovers Key, Inner Key, Black Island and Long Key. The park offers 2.5 miles of white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico from New Pass all the way around to Big Carlos Bay.
In the early 1900’s, these islands were accessible only by boat. History (and rumor) tells the story that only lovers made the effort to get to this beautiful island…. therein lies the naming….. Lovers Key!!!!
In the ’60’s and ’70’s the 4 barrier islands began to be developed. Preparations for this damaged the islands. Mangrove swamps were altered to uplands by dredging a canal through Black Island.
As a State Park, today this area is appreciated by many ages.
During 2004 Atlantic Hurricane season, Charlie came into this area from Aug 9 to the 15th with peak winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) causing a Category 4 hurricane. It was the strongest (and one of two from that season) since 1960. This image is of only one of the DRIFTWOOD that was left from that event. Some of the images I have, show sea shells balancing on the roots, some caught and hanging as though they were ornaments……. a real tribute to all that was lost at that time!!!

Watch for Kathy G, Kathy C., and Kim M’s postings from this day….. we had a great time out!!! Bravo to RB for giving us this avenue to meet like-minded wonderful people to share our hobby with!!!
Have a great weekend……..
Stay safe and find that special moment to have a glad heart!!!!

Much love,
aka Jazzy


Canon Lens: 28-135mm
ISO: 200
Focal length: 28
Fstop: 10
Exposure time: 1/200



lovers key, florida, gulf of mexico, ocean, driftwood, hurricane charlie, aqua

The art of collecting the interesting and intriguing things of this world and bringing excitement of the possibility of “freezing” that moment in time are the reasons that my eyes have broadened to look under and over and in between the winds of the nights and the lights of the days…… Come walk beside me and we can be the “sunshine” for this season in time……….. just walk beside me…………..
aka Jazzy

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  • Rosej
    Rosejover 3 years ago

    Oh wow – wish I had been there to join you – it looks totally amazing. Lovely shot and grat info.

  • Hi Rosej….. you would have been so welcomed….. would love to have you join us!!! Thanks for the great comment…
    there is so much to see here!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Brenda, it was a great fun day, and I look forward to the next one

  • Mornin’ Kathy…. it was a super day out….. but I was happy for the tram!!!! LOLOL what a long walk carrying our equipment but so much to see!!! And you got your falcon!!! BRAVO!!! See you soon!!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Jazzy!

  • Thank you, Istvan….. it’s nice that you like this beach/ocean scene……. you would have loved to see all the huge driftwood!!! It’s great to hear from you!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • NicoleBPhotos
    NicoleBPhotosover 3 years ago

    What a stunning view!
    Amazing to read the history you describe from this place!

  • How nice to hear from you Nicole….. it was a perfect day to be out…. morning sun is always best!!! Thank you for the generous comment!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture, well done looks like the movie “cast away” :)!!!

  • Hi Erik…. thank you…….. and yes, it could be from the Cast Aways….lol…… I am appreciative of your visit and comment!!! Have a great week!!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    How very beautiful, Brenda. Sounds like you had a great day!

  • Hi Dot…. it was a great day out!!! The turned up dead roots of these large trees were something to see…. I have seen driftwood but not this size!! lol Thanks for the compliment!!! Have a great day!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 3 years ago

    Wow! Brenda this is so lovely…it gives a feeling of peace and calm – even though it was brought there by hurricane gales. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. And your day with the other Bubblers sounds like a lot of fun! Marvelous capture!

  • Good morning, Mary….. it is a beautiful place to spend time…. come down and I’ll take you there!!! You would love all my RB friends…. they are special in every way!!! Thanks for your support my Maine friend!!!! Love hearing from you!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Sounded like a really fun day Brenda and a very beautiful capture! It really does have a sense of peace!

  • Hi Tina….. what a great comment…. it was fun being out with RBers…. the sun was warm, the water warm, the camaraderie so special….. and the views from any angle – BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thanks for the visit….. have a great day!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • fortner
    fortnerover 3 years ago
    Great image and equally great story Brenda !!!
  • Hi Ray….. thank you….. I’m pleased to have your comment here!!! and you read my writing….. I do appreciate that!!!!
    Thanks for your continued support of my work!!!!

    – Brenda Dow

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeover 3 years ago

    An extraordinarily beautiful image.
    Rarely catches something
    A true fantasy for photographing.
    A hit for you camera……….!

  • What an awesome comment, Liliana!!!! I love your kind words of support…… It’s such a pleasure to hear from you!!!
    Have a great week!!!!

    – Brenda Dow

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