Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

I began my morning at Honeymoon Island State Park by walking the 2.2 mile Osprey Trail, a loop through barrier island flatwood forest that is home to multiple species of birds – so many birds in fact that my walk practically had a soundtrack. I saw multiple osprey, an eagle’s nest with two babies, an unoccupied great horned owl nest, and plenty more birds which I couldn’t identify.

By late morning I was stretched out on the beach reading but in the afternoon I walked about two miles down the beach where I was treated to views of subtle gradations of pale blue water and white sand. It was a delightfully relaxing day and one that ended with a perfect sunset seen as I drove over the causeway back to the mainland.

Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Osprey, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Osprey, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Eagle nest, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Eagle nest, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Closeup of eagle nest, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Closeup of eagle nest, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Another Osprey, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Another Osprey, Osprey Trail, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

End of the barrier island, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

End of the barrier island, Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Sunset from the Dunedin Causeway, Florida

Sunset from the Dunedin Causeway, Florida