Blowing Rocks Preserve: Dramatic Salt Spray Plumes Today

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 1

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 1

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 2

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 2

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 3

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 3

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 4

Blowing Rocks Salt Spray 4

Blowing Rocks Nature Sign

Blowing Rocks Nature Sign

Wind and high tide brought spectacular salt spray plumes today to Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida.  In fact, it was hard not to get a bit wet!  We had been so excited by a recent visit that we had to return again for more photography.

Florida: Blowing Rocks Preserve

Sea Grape Tunnel Path to Beach

Sea Grape Tunnel Path to Beach

Blowing Rocks Beach

Blowing Rocks Beach

Blowing Rocks Fountain of Salt Spray

Blowing Rocks Fountain of Salt Spray

Blowing Rocks Anastasia Limestone

Blowing Rocks Anastasia Limestone

Blowing Rocks Blowholes

Blowing Rocks Blowholes

Blowing Rocks Beach Sign

Blowing Rocks Beach Sign

Blowing Rocks Preserve has the longest and most dramatic stretch of rocky coastline in Florida.  This preserve on Jupiter Island contains a rock terrace at the water’s edge of Anastasia limestone that is tinted red with iron.  During high tide or stormy seas, waves pound the eroded terrace and “blow” through holes in the rock.  Salt spray plumes can reach up to 50 feet in the air!  

Florida Beach in Winter

Sebastian Beach Waves

Sebastian Beach Waves

Scotch Bonnet Shell

Scotch Bonnet Shell

Fishing Jetty

Fishing Jetty

Tidal Cove

Tidal Cove

9 Armed Sea Star

9 Armed Sea Star

Willet Eating a Crab

Willet Eating a Crab

Snowy Egret (notice the bright yellow feet)

Snowy Egret (notice the bright yellow feet)

Black Skimmers and Beach Sunflowers

Black Skimmers and Beach Sunflowers

Royal Terns (male displaying to unimpressed female on right)

Royal Terns (male displaying to unimpressed female on right)

Herring Gull Sleeping

Herring Gull Sleeping

Florida beaches are delightful in winter.  Occasionally a sweater is needed, but otherwise it is great weather for being outside and walking on the sand.  These pictures were taken at Sebastian Inlet State Park on Florida’s central Atlantic coast (east of Orlando).

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