Southwest Florida Beauty - Siesta Key, Florida

I have always heard that Florida beaches claimed to be some of the best in America. In fact, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key just outside of Sarasota was named the number one beach in America. Of course, with that claim, I had to check it out. I am not a big beach aficionado but I must concur that it is a beautiful beach. We were going to do a little swimming during our three weeks in Florida, but the weather was quite cold for Florida (I was not complaining, as Connecticut was being pounded by snowstorms) and we did not swim at all. We did do a lot of beachcombing though. We started out at the abandoned fishing pier shown in this image and walked the beach for quite a long time. While there were quite a few sailboats out on the Gulf of Mexico, I decided to compose the pier with one sailboat showing the serenity and beauty of the southwest Florida coastline. Shooting with only a 23mm lens (35mm equivalent) as part of my Field Report for the PhotoFrontier's WE35 project made isolating the one sailboat a little challenge, but patience proved to be a virtue.