My son and husband and I spent the holidays in Florida with my parents. I lived in Jacksonville from ages 2 to 14, and then my parents started moving, and then I moved some more on my own; so it’s not home, exactly, but I like visiting.
And yet the place is absurdly compelling, with all those sugar-sand beaches and extravagant birds. Oh man, the birds! I bought a 100-400mm last year to take pictures of LI songbirds, and lugged it along to FL, which it turns out is where the lens would rather live. Apologies to the cardinals, but a cormorant is hard to beat.
(The feeling might be mutual.)
They fly in formation, nearly skimming the water, the line of them undulating and dipping and crescendoing over the waves. They’re positively prehistoric-looking.
Dogs like it down there too.
And kids. Let’s not forget kids.