I'm not sure if the trees along the beach at Lovers Key State Park are dead, but I always enjoy photographing them. I tried to glean some information about the trees and learned this from the park website: This side of Lovers Key was so thick with mangroves, bushes, and pine trees it essentially was inaccessible -- until Hurricane Charley hit in 2004. The damage to the area was so severe beach restoration was necessary. Trees were removed and the area cleared, creating a 2 mile stretch of open beach. Although the original environment is gone, I think this new area is pretty special (even more so, now that I know the history with Hurricane Charley). By the way, I snapped this photo just before the fiery orange ball I posted yesterday.