A small Island off the cost of Florida, La Coya Costa is one of the many Florida State Parks. A wonderfully preserved area of Florida with much unchanged since the first Florida settlers over 1000 years ago.
The most amazing thing about La Coya Costa is the night sky. The night sky in most parts of Florida are destroyed by the light pollution created by the cities. My time at Coya Costa coincide with cloudless nights. I was even able to see the Milky Way after the moon went down.
The inspiration for this trip began with Greg Williams of the Lakeland Shooters. An wonderful group of people who just love photography. He suggested a weekend getaway to Coya Costa. He even let me borrow his 10-24 Nikkor lens, an amazing piece of glass.
The Sunsets on the gulf were of course amazing and I was able to see that elusive green flash of light as the sun vanished beneath the horizon.
I’ve been traveling through out Florida frequently now since 2009 documenting this immense state. I am consistently amazed at her diversity.
I also got to play with a macro lens lent to me by my friend John McDonald. I was able to capture the even the smallest of the curious as they walked the shores of the island.
It wasn’t until the last day of my visit there that the clouds began to accumulate. You could almost imagine that the there were dolphins playing in the clouds that day.
I enjoyed my time there, but I did miss the comfort of air conditioning. But’s it nice to know that something as beautiful as this is only 90 minutes away.
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