Without pier

The weather was gorgeous this week. Cool temps, cerulean blue skies, and wide open spaces. I took an afternoon and spent some time on the Okaloosa Island Pier and surrounding beaches near Fort Walton Beach. Fishermen (and women) were out casting for trout, and pelicans and herons were fishing for leftovers. The birds were huge, much bigger than you might think. The herons were at least four-foot tall, neck extended. They have become so acclamated to humans, I could get close enough to pick them up… but I am smarter than that. Pelicans have a sharp, pointed tooth on the tips of their beaks and herons have talons any predator would be proud to have. My view from the pier… (Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4) For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream. More Weekly Winners photo galleries can be found at I

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