Before we left for Australia, Mad and I were scheduled to shoot this beautiful wedding in Fort Myers. We decided what better time to check out sunny southern Florida? We started in Miami and stayed in South Beach to check out all the trendy coolness and quirkyness it has to offer. Then it was off to the most southernly city in the US, Key West. We only stayed a night, as that was all our livers could handle, before heading north up Rt. 1 in the keys to Islamorada. Got an amazing deal at a beautiful hotel, and we even spent a day fishing the everglades with Captain Rich Smith and another taking a crazy aerobatic biplane ride over the keys (see animated gif below). Then it was up to St. Petersburg to check out the cool city and America's best beach at Siesta Key, with such white sand it reminded me of some of the beautiful beaches in tropical Australia. Then our ultimate destination before the wedding was a drive up to Crystal River, home of warm natural springs and one of the only spots in the world you can swim with the manatees in the wild... a dream of Maddie's. All in all we had an amazing trip with perfect weather, and tons of photo ops as you'll see. Been struggling to get some good internet in Australia, c'mon now Optus!!! Anyway, think I finally got enough connection to make a post, much more to come. Check em out!!!
a beautiful park in coconut grove
even the trees are branded.
key west sunset... can't beat it.
key west transportation
coconut signage with the banyons
biplane over the beautiful keys, 7 mile bridge in the background and our jokester pilot. check out mads shot of the bridge here
funny sequence of us taking a dive and pulling some negative g's, mad focused on staying in the plane, and her camera wanted to go out. good thing i snagged it after it smashed her in the face :)
still standing after the acrobatics
my current desktop background :) cheeka lodge.
sweet sunset at islamorada fish co
mad checking out sunset from the bar
some mangroves in the everglades
mad's big catch :)
another beautiful sunset in the keys
can someone say excited about swimming with manatees???
the dream has been realized, mad-atee in the family
the cow of the sea.