It was dark and the roads were quiet when we left home yesterday morning at 6 a.m. for our trip to Fort Myers Beach. We wanted to reach Heavenly Biscuits early because it’s a tiny but very popular restaurant. By the time its doors opened at 7:30, a line stretched up the walk, and we know why as soon as we took our first bites of their warm, buttery biscuit sandwiches. The cinnamon and pecan rolls also are excellent. We’re already planning to stop there again before we return north.
Continuing south, we pulled off at one of the many beach access spots and parked the car. Another advantage of being early is that the parking meters are not enforced until 9 am. The shore was littered with thousands of shells, so it was great fun to do a little beach combing. A woman on the beach advised us to make sure we didn’t pick up shells with critters inside.
Seeing this assortment of shells on the beach reminded me of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s lovely book, Gifts from the Sea. Now it’s time to think of things we can make with some of the shells we collected.
Next, we went to Lovers Key State Park in search of birds. Walking along a boardwalk from the parking lot to the beach, we saw pelicans floating in the water, then soaring overhead in circles before diving into the water. What a show!
Ahead of us on the bridge railing we saw an osprey. After a few minutes, a second osprey joined the first. After a few minutes, one of them flew away. As it passed overhead, we saw it clutching a fish in its talons. You can see the fish in this photo…it looks fake, doesn’t it?
I’m including a close up so you can appreciate the osprey’s talons.
We saw two roseate spoonbills exploring the water for breakfast, their pink feathers reflected in the water.
Nearby a little blue heron, snowy egret, and ibis also enjoyed a peaceful morning. Biscuits, birds, and shells…what a perfect way to start the day!