Some chilly weather earlier this month found a sizeable herd of West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) congregating near the relatively warm outflow of a large drainage pipe just off DeSoto Parkway in Satellite Beach. The smaller manatee, who likely was born over the summer, quickly became a favorite with the small crowd that gathered to watch.
July 26th is the UNESCO International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem so I thought this would be a fitting image. A scrubby old oak has also claimed the spot and the mangroves themselves are damaged from last year's hurricane but I always see beauty when I look low through the the trees like this.
The western eye wall of Hurricane Matthew crept menacingly close to us here but most of the structural damage was limited to the docks and boathouses that line the Intracoastal Waterway. We're deeply grateful we were spared and sadly mindful that many, many others experienced much worse from Matthew's fury.