Picture of the Day: Destin Beach, Florida

Picture From Beach At Destin, Florida

Here is a picture of the beach in Destin, Florida that stopped by during my visit to near by Pensacola.  The picture really doesn’t do the sand justice because it is an incredible white and fine sand.  The sand is really perfect for a beach and the water was clear and beautiful as well.  The beach though is pretty busy and the area very touristy.  If you are looking for a remote beach getaway this is not the place.  All in all I had nice brief visit while in the area, but I still prefer Hawaii’s beaches over Florida.

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Aerial Pictures of the Gulf Coast & Mississippi River Flooding

This past week I had to fly to Pensacola, Florida for work related reasons and on the flight back to Dallas I was able to get me a window seat that provided some good views outside during the flight.  Here is the first picture I took after liftoff that shows where a large stretch of trees meets the Gulf of Mexico:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Here is a view as the airplane turns and flies right over Pensacola:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Pensacola is actually a pretty nice town but because I was wrapped up in meetings every day I was there I didn’t really get chance to check it out.  As the plane gained in altitude I began to get some better views of the Gulf of Mexico:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

During my visit I asked the people I was meeting up with if there beaches saw a lot of oil from last year’s BP Oil Spill?  They told that their beaches had seen some oil after the spill but today they it has all been cleaned up and no one is really worrying about any more.

Pensacola has a barrier island that looks like a long white strip from the air that is home to the crystal white sand that make this area’s beaches quite famous:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Something I found interesting though flying over Pensacola was the greenish color that glowed along this shoreline:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

From the air it looked beautifully strange.  I don’t know if this mud or some kind seaweed growth near this strip of land?  As we gained in altitude we ended up flying right by the airport from where we took off:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

As we started to turn west towards Dallas we flew right over this large bridge:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Here is another pictures as we continue to fly over Pensacola and heading west to Dallas:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Once outside of Pensacola the terrain below featured a lot of wilderness areas and meandering streams that I bet are great for fishing:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

As we headed west I think this is Mobile, Alabama that we flew over:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

As the flight continued west the weather became a bit more unstable and clouds began to make taking pictures a little bit more difficult.  However, the clouds did clear enough when we crossed the Mississippi River in order to allow me to take the following pictures:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

You can click the image for a larger view, but I was clearly able to see that an enormous area of land had been flooded by the river.  Fortunately from my aerial vantage point I was able to see that the flooding at least where I was flying was limited mostly to thickly forested woodlands and farm land:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

In fact the few small cities I saw near the flooding had not been touched yet though there was a few rural homes that I could see had been flooded by the rising waters unfortunately:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

As we passed the Mississippi River the clouds came back and once again made picture taking difficult again:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

Since this portion of the flight is mostly nothing, but farm land all the way to Dallas, I didn’t mind much.  The closer we got to Dallas the more unstable the weather became.  For whatever reason it seems like whenever I fly through Dallas I get hit with poor weather.  The clouds did part a little bit one time as we approached Dallas for me to take this picture of a large lake:

Aerial Pictures of the US Gulf Coast

If anyone knows the name of this lake please leave a comment.  Anyway after taking this picture it was back into the clouds all the way to Dallas.  All in all it was an interesting flight to be able to see the large scale flooding caused by the Mississippi River, I am just glad that it appears from what I could see from the air to be impacting a minimal amount of people.  Hopefully it stays that way as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to work to manage these flood waters.

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Freezing Temperatures Continue to Plague Florida

It is pretty amazing all the freezing temperatures currently hitting the usually warm weather state of Florida where they are experiencing frost in Miami:

Ordinarily a sunny playground that mocks the rest of winter-suffering America, Miami, Florida, was in sore need of a giant Snuggie on Sunday.

There wasn’t a scantily clad beautiful person at any of the outside tables at South Beach’s tony Balans restaurant. Everyone was crammed inside to assuage their Saturday nights with pancakes and Cuban coffee, chuckling at the heat lamps that waiters had scrambled to put up outdoors.

“Yeah, the lamps were not so good. So we brought inside all the tables to make sure our customers could manage,” said manager Mike Fernandez. “I’m from Chile and living here, you know, it’s not supposed to be like this.”

Temperatures in Miami barely got into the 40s on Sunday; normally, they’d be in the 70s.

Cold is so relative. In Aberdeen, South Dakota, the thermometer registered a low of 31 below zero Sunday. Connecticut officials opened shelters in anticipation of bitter cold. Following a rare snowfall last week in Atlanta, Georgia, temperatures hovered in the teens and drivers lacking snow savvy skidded around very small patches of ice. How is the weather where you are? Share your pictures or video

But the biggest news about the big chill is coming from the northern part of Florida, where a hard freeze watch is in effect, CNN’s meteorologist Bonnie Schneider said. That could be bad news for citrus trees that rarely survive when temperatures remain in the mid-20s or below for four hours or longer, according to Kristen Gunter, a spokeswoman for the association of companies that pick and process the oranges.

Florida citrus is a $9.3 billion industry. The state produces three-quarters of the United States’ orange crop and 40 percent of the world’s orange juice supply.  [CNN]

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