There’s more than tree love going on here. I love Cedar Key not only because of the weather, but for a whole flock of reasons. I love it because it is a small town and I have a fondness for small towns. It is a small town surrounded by preserve so it is surrounded by wildness and nature. I also love the tide. I haven’t lived with the tide since moving from our rental house in Maine on Penobscot Bay. The tide was especially large at solstice. I liken the tide to the earth breathing in and out. It let out a long deep sigh of breath on the solstice. Birds flow in and above with the tides, which I also love.
Yesterday, as part of our 13th wedding anniversary (talk about love!), we kayaked out on the water to and around Cedar Point. We left as the tide was coming in and returned at high tide and watched the changing landscape up close and personal as we skimmed over some of the oyster mounds hidden just beneath the surface of the waters that previously we had to paddle around.
Each day we walk Cemetery Point Park. We call it the “boardwalk,” and Mojo has added this word to his limited vocabulary. It is a long stretch of an elevated dock over grasses and mangrove. There are many birds to observe and we frequently see Lesser Scaup, American Avocet, American Oystercatcher, Snowy Egrets, Blue Heron, White Ibis, Willet and many, many gulls. We also sometimes see Dolphin. The Mullets (fish) frequently jump out of the water in a sort of happy dance.
Some days the tide is high and some days the tide is low, but here our spirits always seem high.
We took the long way to town – I also love the town of Cedar Key because it incorporates so many wonderful trees. Here, tree love is evident. Fences are constructed around trees.
Even this deck is constructed around this palm tree.
This tree has a support group! A clever solution to sidewalk safety – the pot alerts you to walk around this supported branch.
Oh, and the Live Oaks … mucho love. Roads are routed around some of these beauties.
I am especially excited about this tree because this is where we will be staying in February! It is called Ada’s Wabi Sabi Cottage. The tree seems to cradle it, no? Love!
I know it’s not even February yet, but I’ll leave you with this little love note. Here is the vertebra of a manatee (courtesy of the Low-Key Hideaway). Notice the familiar shape? I “heart” manatees, too. Such gentle creatures. Peace and love to all in the New Year.