Sand, Salt, Sun and Birds

Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus).  This hermit crab lives in a variety of shells and may be seen walking beaches and climbing trees.  Florida Keys, Florida.  Jan, 2011.
Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus) crawling under mangroves.

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
     –E. O. Wilson

It is January, but the hot sun bakes the coral beaches of the Florida Keys.  Humidity is constant except when a rare breeze sweeps by.  Clouds are an unfamiliar sight here, and when they arrive they drop rain and quickly move on.  My bare feet sit in the warm Atlantic water off of Lower Matecumbe Key as my eyes scan the sky for one of the island’s top predators, the osprey. Continue reading “Sand, Salt, Sun and Birds”