Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Dutton Island Preserve


On my last full day in Florida my friend took me to another sort of park. Not on the ocean, no waves pounding the shore, no shells to collect.

I loved the subtle color of the grass curving into the brilliant blue of the water.

No, Dutton Island Preserve is quieter, more reflective and sits among the salt marshes, an entirely different world.

The water was so still.

We walked among tall pines and over boardwalks. We listened to the birds calling, and watched for fish to jump.

So much texture and color!

It was a small park compared to the vastness of the ocean, but it was beautiful. Though we only saw one woodpecker, we heard plenty of things rustling in the grass or hopping about overhead.

Hungry bird.

It was a wonderful way to wind down a lovely week spent in the warm sun with good friends and good dogs.

Great day for a paddle.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

10 thoughts on “Dutton Island Preserve

  1. That looks really nice, and peaceful.


  2. You’re coming back just in time to greet more snow, Dawn. I imagine the Princess would call it your just desserts!! Be safe.


  3. Good friends and good dogs nothing could be better. I would wonder what would be hidden in that tall grass.
    Sweet William The Scot


  4. You do have a marvelous eye for composition – love the head photo – not only for the lure of the beach, but because it IS a beach – and sunny, and warm, and NOT wintry!


  5. You’re uncovering all the gems of hidden Florida.


    • When we were down there last month we were staying with family in what I termed “Old Florida.” This past week I was staying with a friend and the next neighborhood over was similarly old Florida. I think we need to take time to enjoy those kinds of places, narrow roads, hanging moss, old houses, because they are so peaceful compared to the theme parks and the big popular beaches.


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