Thursday, February 4, 2021

A Drive to Florida's Nature Coast

 We drove over to the Gulf Coast a few days ago and it felt great to take a little day trip.

We had an errand to run in that direction so we drove a little farther to “The Ozello Trail” as it twists and turns through St. Martin’s Aquatic Preserve, a 23,000-acre wildlife preserve. 

It was a beautiful day but the two lane road was not busy at all so we enjoyed the sights along the way.

My hubby was driving 55 mph and I rolled my window down to take pics.

I just kept taking them hoping something would come out. 

Hoping they would not all just be a big blur!

But guess what! 


(this was one of my FAVS!)

They all turned out good so I've had a time trying to figure out which ones to share.

We're going over the bridge now so stay tuned!

I'll show some of the birds we saw in my next post!

I'm thankful to live in such a beautiful place!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays and
I like Thursdays HERE too!

36 comments:

Sandra said...

i have done the drive by shooting many times, but not in many years now. my favorite is the last one, i love the marsh and it has been beautiful weather the past few weeks. we had frost on the roof and grass and icy windshield when we walked Beau today. i was so cold, i did not do my second walk, it said 38 but if felt colder to me

ann said...

Seeing Florida through your camera lens is a treat. You get awesome photos, even at 55 MPH.

Tom said...

...a beautiful day and keep on having many more.

Happy@Home said...

It is beautiful, indeed. I would have never guess these shots were taken in a fast moving car. Good job, Diane.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

I went to some places on the coast when I was in Tallahassee working, St Georges Island comes to mind and St Marks not to mention Wakulla Springs where I got eaten my mosquitoes

Billie Jo said...

SO lovely!
Thank you for the sunny beauty today!

Vee said...

Very nice photos. The sky is beautifully blue. The grasses so golden.

Edna B said...

The sky is always beautiful in Florida. I miss it. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Lovely photos.
I'm glad nothing slithering pop out of the water. :)

Marit said...

Hello,

You have taken so many beautiful photos! Your new header is great. The blue sky is always so pretty.

Have a nice day!

Sandy said...

The photos are amazing. I would never have known you took them in the car.

Martha said...

What nice shots, can't wait to see more!

Red Rose Alley said...

Those skies are wonderful. So blue with white fluffy clouds. I enjoy your Thankful Thursday posts each and every time, Diane. : )

~Sheri

Terri D said...

Great photos! You sure can't tell you were flying by at 55mph! Wow! Our beautiful Florida!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, your photos are beautiful. I would have never known they were taken from a moving car.
The and scenery are just gorgeous! Take care, enjoy your day!

Lorrie said...

Beautiful photos, Diane. I love those golden grasses and the blue sky dotted with clouds. What a lovely drive.

Susie said...

Diane, A nice drive with the window down would be heavenly to me. I miss the trips to the park Ted and I were taking. You do have some wonderful places to hike there in Florida. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Some great photos there, especially to be taken while riding. Not blurry at all! Really pretty and different looking there. We have such amazing geography here!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You got some wonderful pictures!

Ann said...

These are all excellent for moving along at 55 miles per hour. I just love that last one

NanaDiana said...

That really is a beautiful place, Diane. How lucky that you can get out and enjoy it year round. Not something we can do here. I am walking two miles a day on the treadmill in my unheated garage...and let me tell you- I wear gloves because it is so cold walking there.

PaintedThread said...

Lovely photos! I love all that grass.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a beautiful, peaceful place! Love seeing those wide-open spaces with the pretty tufts of grass, waterways and green trees. Looking forward to seeing your photos when you 'landed'! x K

Teresa said...

Te quedaros una fotografías preciosas. Muchos besos.

The Feminine Energy said...

You must have a wonderful camera, to have such beautiful pictures taken from a fast-moving car. They are just gorgeous! ~Andrea xoxo

Debbie said...

they are ALL so beautiful!! i am a little surprised at that speed they are all in focus!!

we passed some pretty scenes the other day, snow scenes, but i did not ask the hubs to stop and i did not think they would come out. now i am sorry!!!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

What a wonderful day! I'm impressed with your camera and steady hands. Your gorgeous shots came out so very clear. It's time for the Husband and me to go drive a back country road so I can hang out the window with my camera. Digital cameras are a godsend to the pocketbook. Cheers!

DeniseinVA said...

I am going to put this place on our bucket list for when we start traveling again. I am really looking forward to visiting Florida again one day. Your photos are beautiful!

carol l mckenna said...

You certainly do live a beautiful place and great photos you took from the car window as hubby drove ~ Wonderful!


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A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Michelle said...

I do love Florida. My dad lives there and I love to visit and soak up the sunshine!!! Your photos show it well. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Your photographs are all so lovely.
It certainly looks a great day and outing :)

All the best Jan

Joyful said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful place.

Lea said...

I had to scroll up and down a few times to pick a favorite, before deciding on the one from the bridge of the island in the river.
Have a blessed day!

BeachGypsy said...

Howdy there girlfriend, wow, look at that beautiful BLUE SKY!! SO PRETTY. And those big open spaces.......plenty of room to walk/run/stretch out. Freedom! What y'all got planned this weekend, any adventures? I think it may still be rainy here, so not sure but usually we don't let rain stop us unless it's a TOTAL DOWNPOUR. ha ha LOL. I sure am ready for spring but I cant complain really as we have all the pretty flowers blooming for us and it's really not too cold here like way up North and all that snow and cold. Happy weekend! Hugs!!! ps--thanks for the bird i.d.!! I think you were right and THEY HAVE BABIES!! (fledgelings, we think) I WILL TRY TO GET PICTURES.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a lovely trip! I enjoyed it! Open water, and palm trees!!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

The skies are so beautiful. I haven't gotten out early enough to take pictures of the sunrises yet, and still wanting to do that. Nature is so lovely and peaceful and pure, isn't it? I'm glad you had a nice day at The Ozello Trail, Diane, and you got some good pictures from your drive.

~Sheri