Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West, Florida is one of the coolest places I have been. It is only accessible by boat or float plane. Fort Jefferson which is on Garden Key is a lot of fun to explore and has a lot of history to it. “The first European to discover the islands was Spanish explorer Ponce de León. He gave them the name on his first visit in 1513. The name is the second oldest surviving European place-name in the US.[3] They were given the name Las Tortugas (The Turtles) due to 170 sea turtles taken on the islands and shoals by de León’s men. Soon afterward, the word “Dry” was added to the name, to indicate to mariners the islands’ lack of fresh water” (Wikipedia). Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse which is a great subject for photography although you will need a telephoto lens if you want to capture it from Garden Key. There are a ton of Magnificent Frigatebirds constantly circling overhead which are also fun to photograph. In addition, Bush Key which is right next to Garden Key is home to a huge breeding colony of Sooty Terns and Brown Noddys. Garden Key is also a frequent stopover for migrant birds making it one of the premier birding sites in Florida.
My first shot tonight shows off the walkway around Fort Jefferson and the cool blue water.
The second shot was a cloudy sunrise on the former coal docks. All the black dots in the sky are birds by the way.


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