Flashback Friday: A look back at when I was in the midst of photographing the crab program. This week’s Supermoon has spurred the annual migration of Blue Land Crabs from their burrows inland to release their eggs into the ocean. According to the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension: “Blue land crabs reach sexual maturity in approximately 4 years. Peak reproductive activity occurs during full moons in summer. After mating, an adult female lays her eggs but carries the egg mass […]
Living in Florida eventually everyone ends up at the beach. The dogs really enjoy it but I am lacking the beach gene that causes people to want to go there all the time and hang out for hours. Here is a collection of photos without comment of a late afternoon Sunday walk on the beach with Bob Bruce, Janice Broda, and the dogs, Pepper & Sam.
A beautiful early June sunset over the Indian River Lagoon with Sam relaxing out on Bob Bruce and Janice Broda’s dock. In the panorama below that is Sam and Pepper silhouetted at right. To the left is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The lights directly across the water are from the city of Sebastian. A nice evening without too many bugs, which is rare as Florida heads into summer.
Photos from a sunset beach walk with Sam, Pepper, and Janice featuring a return visit to Blue Tile Roof House, now long past its prime, and to Trespass House, along with assorted birds and other oddities. Formation of Brown Pelicans. Pepper! A ubiquitous Sea Gull. Sam! – with Pepper in the background. Ruins of a beach house that does not know it is falling apart. Walking toward the end of the day. Pool art. One good Tern deserves another – […]
The Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumiz) migration is heating up again as we reach the October full Moon meaning there are a lot of strange invaders on the beach with waving eyestalks and menacing pincers in Indian River County, Florida. Last night, the Land Crabs on the beach were waiting for the high tide to recede so they could enter the shallower water to release their eggs. Note the large, brown, egg mass hanging down from the center of this […]
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This week’s Supermoon has spurred the annual migration of Blue Land Crabs from their burrows inland to release their eggs into the ocean. According to the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension: “Blue land crabs reach sexual maturity in approximately 4 years. Peak reproductive activity occurs during full moons in summer. After mating, an adult female lays her eggs but carries the egg mass beneath her body for approximately 2 weeks prior to migrating to the ocean and releasing the eggs […]
Select images of Sam & Pepper romping on the beach over the past summer – a post-seasonal canine meditation Sam, left, and Pepper, eyeing the beach from the Trespass House crossover. Pepper prefers her spherical object to Sam’s rambunctious play. Pepper will be a forever friend to anyone who will throw her ball in the water for her to retrieve. Sam practicing his spooky look for Halloween. Pepper loves to dig holes in the sand. Incoming! Pepper strikes a familiar […]