Naples City Pier
Not long ago, I took a stroll on the Naples City Pier. I spent my sojourn on the pier alone with my thoughts. So much has happened to me lately that I feel the need for solitude, even when in a crowd.
The pier was first built in 1888, according to the historical marker near its entrance. Over the years, hurricanes took their toll, but repair or rebuilding always ensued. Today we have a sturdy, welcoming structure, a landmark (watermark?) of Southwest Florida.
Although I did not use a digital camera, I do have this one snapshot to share with you. It proved to be the only strong image of the lot. Here sits a self-confident pelican, obviously right at home, who really gave me the eyeball when I snapped his portrait. Typically, on the pier, you see humans as well as birds -- locals and tourists meandering the wooden pier, or fishing, or standing idly by, enjoying the warm Gulf breeze and bright sunshine. In the background, grand beach homes line the foliage-lush coastline of Naples proper. Have you ever walked the planks of this venerable pier?
Southwest Florida Waterways
Here is a shot I took of a water way in North Naples. If you look closely you can six little birds sitting on one of the power lines. Southwest Florida is a boating haven, a lovely place for cruising and sight-seeing. A sailing yacht is featured in my forthcoming romance novel, A Chance to Say Yes, which is set in beautiful Naples, Florida.
A New Year Blooms
Do you believe it's January 10 already? So much is happening in the world, for both good and ill. Sometimes one stumbles upon a marvel of nature, such as this yellow hibiscus blossom, a glorious sunburst in miniature. Such chance discoveries abound in the warm winter climate of lush Southwest Florida. They can channel our spirits towards hope.