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Pineda Causeway Florida

 

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Pineda Causeway

This is a shot of the Pineda Causeway from a boat launch just North of the Pineda Causeway in Palm Shores Florida. Across the Indian River Lagoon, you see Merritt Island, and then the second leg of the Pineda Causeway that spans the Banana River.

Unlike many causeways in the area, the Pineda causeway has no street lights on it. This is because of its close proximity to the runway at Patrick Air Force base. In fact, if you continue over this bridge heading east toward the Atlantic ocean (only a couple miles away), you will see the Air Force Base on the north side of the road.

The Pineda Causeway is the furthest north river crossing in the Melbourne / Eau Gallie / Palm Bay area. About 5 miles to the south is the Eau Gallie Causeway, but the next causeway to the north is 520 in Cocoa about 25 miles to the north. There is no other way out to the barrier island between those two points.

These causeways are vital links between the beachside populations and the rest of Florida. However, these causeways become unsafe when winds exceed 45 miles per hour during large storms and hurricanes. After these storms, the bridges are usually closed and inspected, but they open back up rather quickly. For more info, check here.

In the early days of settlements along the Indian River, the beachside communities were only accessible via ferries. Later swing bridges and drawbridges were built. Eventually these large causeways were put in to allow passage of traffic and boats without either disrupting the other.

Gator by the River

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4k Gator Wallpaper | Juvenile Aligator Stock Photo

I saw this juvenile gator by the Indian River while walking my dog one morning. Luckily for me, (and my dog) he wasn’t hungry. he stuck around long enough for me to run back into my home and grab my camera (and gun) luckily for him, I only shot him with the camera.

After having lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, the realities of living in a more rural setting where we really do share the land with wild animals (some that would like to eat us) is a bit of a culture shock and helps one to remember their place in this world.

You can tell this gator is a juvenile by his patterns. The adult gators in this area tend to be one color and are much wider. This guy was about 5 or 6 foot long nose to tail, but his bigger brothers are much larger. This gator could have been very dangerous, but I wasn’t really worried about him. I was more worried about where his mama could have been. She was probably close by, but I never saw her.

I did end up seeing this guy swimming in the river a bit later in the day. Many locals don’t realize that gators swim in the Indian River. It is a large, brackish river, and a lot of people think gators stick to fresh water. That really isn’t the case. They go wherever there is food.

Viera Wetlands

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Viera Wetlands

I found this image of a group of dead palm trees in the vibrant Viera Wetlands to be very striking. Like a skeletonized hand reaching out from the waters reminding us that the cycle of life includes death as well as life. Tempus Fugit Momento Mori

Danger Coquina Rock

Danger Coquina Rock is a HD wallpaper posted in Rivers category.

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Melbourne Florida Causeway

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Melbourne Florida Causeway

The Melbourne Florida Causeway takes state road 192 over the Indian River and into the island community of Indialantic. This is the furthest south causeway in Brevard County. The next crossing south is the Sebastion bridge in neighboring Indian River County. To the north is the Eau Gallie Causeway, then the Pineda Causeway, and then a small jump to the 520 and 528 causeways in Cocoa.

Manatee Boat Sign

Manatee Boat Sign is a 4K wallpaper posted in Rivers category.

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Indian River Night

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Indian River Night – 4K Wallpaper

This photo was taken in a small community called Palm Shores. The photo looks out over the Indian River at night and sees the docks of the nearby riverfront homes. On the right, you can see the distant glow of Melbourne Florida, and on the left, across the water, you can see the lights of Indian Harbor Beach