Images from the Gulf of Mexico Survey Week Two.

Leaving the Keys northward to Naples Florida.

 

February 11- 18, 2006   Map View

Goodland MotelSince the roads in Florida are mostly coral, and Florida itself is also mostly coral, who needs parking lots? Here is a nice independent motel in Goodland Florida. You may expect to see June and Ward Cleaver drive up in their 54 Desoto.

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Making the Goodland DrawingRelaxed, casual, comfortable. That's why so many people flock to Florida's less developed areas to live quietly. Here is a portrait of the quiet life.

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Going fishing

Here in Rookery Bay one can drop his boat in the water and paddle out to meet a Redfish, or just listen to the sounds of nature.

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Making Naples Beach DrawingShielded from the road with natural jungle growth, this Naples beach access is still recovering from Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In this case nature helps protect man's development. The more the natural areas are paved under, the more damage we humans incur.


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Naples beach

A sunset at the beach with beautiful gulls. The lower image is looking north to Naples. 

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Making Naples Beach 2Many parts of Florida are very close to their natural state despite man's effort to own them. In these places, given a few years to recover, nature would reclaim what man has altered. The tropical plant life at the edge of the parking lot is just biding it's time until we're looking the other way.

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Rookery Bay Paddle Rookery Bay Naples beach Sunset Growth on the horizon