image Scenics overlooking the Dawn at waters edge

Daybreak, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Bob Grytten photo
Daybreak, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Bob Grytten photo

We’re in Florida now, and I can tell you that both the traffic and the humidity are much greater than the mountains of North Carolina. Not that there is anything wrong with that… It’s just a different place.

The first morning out, I’m reminded to be on location an hour before sunrise – different from the mountains where the sun has to get over the mountains. And I know my shooting hours will be shorter. The territory also changed, new construction on the bridge from St. Pete Beach to Ft. De Soto, but what a spectacular view as I crossed over the first bride after the toll in Terri Verde. And there also charging $5.00 to go onto the lower section of Ft. De Soto. So, I hurry back to find a place to park closer to the first bridge. On the right going back is a group camping area at the foot of the bridge. That’s where I park.

Grabbing my gear and tripod I head for the top of the bridge. Seagulls, Brown Pelican, and others sound there cheerful greetings, reminding me to give my new Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 lens a workout. And to try to include them in any scenics if I can.

Luck is with me, as you can see here as Brown Pelican obliged me and helped create a more complete story in this image.

Tampa Bay, FL Bob Grytten photo
Tampa Bay, FL Bob Grytten photo

We’re staying at the Lorelei Motel in Treasure Island – our fourth visit. Casual, Doggie friendly on Boca Ciega Bay across from the Gulf and reasonably priced. Off again this early morning – time to go. More later…

Sea Gull & Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, FL Bob Grytten image
Sea Gull & Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, FL                Bob Grytten photo


  1. Great capture. Gonna be cold Christmas Day down here, with the hi only getting to 71!! If you’re down AnnaMaria way and don’t stop in ill be angry. Duke


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    • Appreciate the look Foster. Thanks for the kind words; however, I have long since given up the credit for natures beauity. My job is really to just show up and record it. Nature provides.


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