After two magical days at Walt Disney World, it was just a short drive west to Clearwater Beach, FL. We have been coming to Clearwater since before my youngest was born. I have recently printed the pictures from the first two times that we did the Disney to Clearwater to Home loop. This time, the drive was much shorter than the last two times. Living in the South has it's perks! We are so much closer to fabulous places to vacation. I am fond of Clearwater because I used to visit my grandparents there as a child. It may be our last visit there, however. We have decided that if we want to have adventures, we need to try new places. So while we loved our five day stay here, it will probably be the last time as we look forward to finding new winter beach destinations!
We spent five days relaxing without any schedules. It was refreshing. My camera only came out on New Years Eve and the morning that we left. I captured enough images to jog our memories of the vacation. The rest of the time, I was too busy napping by the pool.
The hotel that we stayed in was brand new and on the very southern tip of Clearwater. It had a private beach that was sort of small, but the great thing about it was that we were in sort of a cove. Pods of dolphins were constantly jumping just off the beach. They were so close that you probably could swim right out to them. There were baby dolphins swimming with their moms. We would be sitting at the hotel's roof top lounge and they would be out there, leaping and playing. The locals said that it wasn't a "normal" thing for them to hang around so much, but we loved it. It was beautiful being so close to them!
As the sun began to dip low in the sky on New Years Eve, Natalie and I walked down to the pier to grab a few quick dance shots and capture the last sunset of 2016...
Maybe it was because we were headed home that day. Or maybe it was because it was a New Year. I'm not really sure why, but I felt like stopping down and was feeling the black and white. (Stopping down is photographer speak for closing down the aperture).
That's a wrap. Back to work, school, schedules, and more. As we begin the New Year we begin every single day with a grateful heart! Happy New Year friends!!! <3