Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fishing Adventure at Ballast Point ~ Tampa, Florida


The Captain and I started in the middle of the night . . . beginning with a trip to the 24/7 Walmart to buy some last minute items we needed for our adventure.

This is the view that greeted us as we walked upon the pier.  The photos don't do the early morning sky justice . . . it was overwhelmingly breathtaking.  What was really beautiful is the downtown Tampa skyline at this time.  What you are looking at in this view is the Port of Tampa.

Click on any of the photos for a larger view with greater detail.

It surprised me that this early in October, it was freezing out there (well, what this Florida girl calls freezing).  The winds were whipping around and I was chilled to the bone!  Good thing we still had blankets in the van from our trips to the beach.  Once I got wrapped up in a blanket, I was fine.


I just sat there gazing at the sky for the longest time . . . the changing colors were amazing.  The water was choppy from the wind and took on a spectrum of colors.  The sights and sounds of the morning stillness, along with the beachy smells conjured up those awesome childhood memories for me again.

We had the whole pier to ourselves except for a few people at the very end and some people in the park area enjoying the changing colors of the sky.  I would be so very happy to grab a cup of coffee on the way over there and just watch the changing sky.  Being on that pier gives a panoramic sky view . . . just AWESOME!


This is a part of the downtown Tampa skyline . . . not the greatest photo, but I love the way the sun bounced off of the sides of the buildings.  Next time I'll get better photos of this view!


All of a sudden, the birds started to appear . . . a few at first . . . 


. . . and more appeared . . .


The night skies turned to day . . . with a smidge of orange skies.


The little guy was not too happy with the intrusion of the bigger bird!


As more and more birds appeared, so did the fishermen.


A view of Bayshore Boulevard . . . notice the beautiful pinkish sky!

The big rock bulging out of the water is full of little birds . . .



The sun begins peaking up from the horizon . . .



I love the way the sunlight reflects against the pier!

Well . . . we proceeded to fish throughout the morning and a chilly early morning turned into a hotter mid-morning at which time we had enough of feeding the fish and decided to drive around and take more photos of Tampa.  We did catch two little fish, but nothing substantial to bring home.

The fun was being in the midst of it all and experiencing night turn into day on Tampa Bay.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!



15 comments:

Catherine said...

Beautiful Gina! I agree I love the smell of the salt air and the sounds of the birds. It brings back great memories of going fishing with my dad. Great memories. Have many more beautiful and blessed days like this one. Catherine xo

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you Catherine!

There is something comforting about living as an adult where you grew up. The memories are awesome :)

Blessings to you . . . Gina

wintergurl said...

The sunlight view is beautiful

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting @wintergurl :)

I love sunrise and sunsets . . . they are magical!

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Awesome photos. The reflection of the light with the silhouette of skyscrapers is simply breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

http://www.rachelspassion.blogspot.com said...

Amazing pictures of both the early sunrise and the moonlight. I loved going through each one of them. It would be really fascinating to experience it in real like you did, lucky you.

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joeann said...

Stunning Photos. It feels like we were with you in your adventure. Nice to see the wonder of Nature and how it soothes our spirit. Have a nice day.

Mylene said...

Lovely photos!

Gina Alfani said...

Thank you all for visiting and commenting!

Yes . . . I am very lucky I was born in this gorgeous part of the world :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful pictures. One can really get some awesome views in the skies. I am a new Follower of your Blog.
Judy - JUDY H-J'S THOUGHTS

Gina Alfani said...

The early morning skies are the most beautiful!

Thank you for the sweet comment . . . and for following my blog :)

Have a wonderful day Judy!

Anncash16 said...

Great Place! Love the sceneries!

Gina Alfani said...

Hello @Anncash16!

Glad you enjoyed the photos from our adventure!

Thank you for visiting and commenting :)

Everyday BBW said...

Really nice pictures! It makes a person wish they were there.