Charlie Pass – My Favorite Spot

Charlie Pass – My Favorite Spot

Charlie Pass

My favorite spot? That’s easy. Charlie Pass, where I can slow down, find solitude, and reconnect with nature. Something special happens here where the sun, sand, and surf meet. Something special happens to me. By becoming unconnected from my wired, internet world, I reconnect with the real world, the natural world, and for a brief time things become clear, simple, manageable.

Charlie Pass serves other purposes. It makes for a perfect “Day at the Beach’ when the kids and grand kids invade. The fishing is good, if not great most days. Then there is bird watching, shelling, sunset and navel gazing.

Where is this favorite spot, you ask? Charlie Pass is a narrow strip of beach at the southern end of North Captiva Island which is one of the barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. In 2004, category five Hurricane Charlie’s fury cut the island in two. The resulting small inlet or pass was dubbed Charlie Pass by the locals. Time and tides have since closed the pass. What remains are skeletons of toppled trees on the Gulf side and a large area of salt flats on the Pine Island Sound side teaming with life. A variety of wading birds stalk the flat searching for fry fish, fiddler crabs, and other crustaceans. The shelling along the white sand beach on the Gulf side is some of the best, and since the island is accessible only by boat, Charlie Pass is never crowded and often deserted, especially in the summertime.

Below is a short multimedia slideshow with ambient sounds I shot on a recent summer’s day. Just to give you a peek at my favorite spot.

onthegowithlynne (my favorite travel writer) featured Charlie Pass in an earlier post of hers. Why not check out Summer Solitude.

You can see others Favorite Spots here.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. The picture is great!!!
    Sounds like a wonderful paradise!!!
    And it is true, the link to the video is not working! ;(

    1. Should be corrected. Just hate it when that happens. 🙁

    1. Indeed it is and its not run over with people.

  2. I love that noise so much…! If I had to live alone one day, I would choose a place with sea…Even a desert island….But with electricity and heating and all that, because I think I would be unable to do it by myself !!! 😉
    The pics are great as well…And the air is pure and limpid!!

    1. Thank you. Yes, by the sea is definitely better, along with the creature comforts, of course. 🙂

    1. Thank you. We get so busy that we don’t get there often enough. Have to rethink our priorities.

  3. I really love your favorite spot for this week topic my friend both picture and video are good ,
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks Jake and , as always, thank you for doing the Sunday Post.

  4. Wow!! What an amaizing and wonderful place, México is gorgeous, (not that I’m mexican, jejeje)
    That photo is just simply awsome!!
    Thanks a lot for shareing with us 😀

    Have a great Day!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I would say mexico’s beaches are some of the best.

      1. Yes that is something I can’t denied I really love them and there are many gorgoeus places to visit.
        Starting by piramids Chichen Itzá and Tulum, and some others more jejeje.

        Thanks for shareing!! 😀

  5. Really beautiful place, and the photo captures it perfectly.

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