It’s usually calmer on the Gulf coast of Florida, where it doesn’t take a beating from the Atlantic Ocean, but it can change quickly. This week it’s been spectacular as the weather system that caused the hurricanes further north courted the warmer-than-average spring temperatures. It turned out as rough love, indeed.
The resultant winds disturbed the beaches and put a lot of migrating birds overhead, contributing to the more than 130 species I’ve seen so far on my sojourn. It also made for some breathtaking weather-watching.
Here are some of the moments from one afternoon as the weather went from good to great.