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~A few birds…

While traveling in Florida I have seen a few birds. I haven’t had much opportunity for birding, because the weather has been so rainy with high winds. The rain and wind has to end at some point!

Jonathan Dickinson State Park…

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

The Villages…

~~Okay, name this caption~~
Ring-billed Gull
What big feet you have Mr. Coot.
American Coot
"What do you think he is looking at?"
Great Egret

Eastbank Campground…

Pied-billed Grebe


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Prairie Birder




~Osprey and a nest invader?~

what creature

upset my future

by inhabiting this nest

I did my best

in building my home

 it’s not on loan

you don’t belong

undo this wrong

Could it be an Owl?
Could it be an Owl? Perhaps a Great Horned Owl!
A Big One
A Big One
A Nice Landing

Until next time….


Fly Silently and Carry a Big Stick


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~A Patch of Red~

Photo location: Blue Run of Dunnellon Park, Dunnellon, Florida


Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

While staying at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida we drove a few miles to hike the beautiful trail system the town of Dunnellon opened in 2008. What an amazing achievement for this lovely small town. This recreation area offers locals and visitors, from around the world, the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature and to see the “blue” Rainbow River up close.

We hiked this trail with friends who live in a nearby town; we enjoyed their company and the beautiful scenery. We have camped at Rainbow Springs State Park several times, but had never hiked this area and we are so glad we did.

This hawk was spotted by Howard as we walked the Blue Run Trail. It was sitting on a tree branch that grew out across the trail. Howard, actually didn’t see the hawk at first, but almost felt a little gift as we walked under the tree.

Of course we all stopped to admire its beauty. I guess this Red-shouldered Hawk didn’t appreciate our admiration, because it flew out into a marshy area and this is where I was able to take my photo as it sat there looking up at some small birds.

Coming, more photos from Rainbow Springs State Park…

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~A Golden Orb Weaver~

A  web of silk,

I weave,

For all who trespass,

so naive.

A trap to catch my prey,

I deceive,

None the wiser,

may leave.

Golden Orb (female)
Golden Orb (female)

On Christmas day we were hiking a trail at Lake Louisa State Park. A foot off the trail, suspended at eye level, was this gorgeous Golden Orb spider. You have to admit she is pretty.  I wouldn’t want her touching me, but she was nice to admire and capture with my camera.

A few facts about this gorgeous spider: (taken from the web)

  • Physical features: The female generally exhibits yellow spots on a muted orange/tan abdomen (with banded brown and orange legs), and the male is a fairly plain dark brown. The male is 1/2” (12mm) long and the female is much larger, at 1″ to 3″ (25 mm to 75 mm) long. The abdomen on both the male and female Banana spider is 2 1/2 to 3 times as long as it is wide. The female’s legs have brownish stripes with noticeable tufts of black hair on her 1st and last pair of legs. The male has a less colorful appearance, but he also has tufts of black hair on his legs.
  • Poisonous: No
  • Lives in: warm, sunny climates
  • Eats: Like many spiders, prefers to eat flying insects like bees that are attracted to the golden web it weaves. These spiders also go after larger prey like butterflies and moths.


Until next time…

Posted on Monday Macro 2






~trapped, suspended~


trapped, suspended

never reaching destiny

caught by the unknown


In the grips of thorns



  For some reason these pinecones, stopped by other vegetation from falling to the ground, caught my eye. They are Longleaf Pine tree, pinecones. Big!

A very young Longleaf Pine
A very young Longleaf Pine
Notice the looong needles!
All grown up
Tall, straight and strong, the Longleaf Pine!
Turkey Oak
Mixed in with the Longleaf Pines –
the Turkey Oak
Stink Bug
A Stink Bug crossing the road
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Carolina Jasmine
Carolina Jasmine Vine
Almost ready to bloom
"Want to race Kloudy", Skye asks
“Want to race Kloudy”, Skye asks
"I.am trying, I have shorter legs you know"
“I.am trying, I have shorter legs you know”
"I give up"
“I give up”
"I'am tried, after my big race"
“I’am tried, after my big race”
"Mom, will you come get this pine needle out of my way"
“Mom, will you come get this pine needle out of my way”

Photos taken March, 2014 (1st/2nd) at Blackwater River State Park. These are a few of my remaining photos from our visit.

Today, we drove about forty miles to Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville, Florida. It was a short and pleasant ride! After setting up and walking the girls, we drove out of the peaceful, treed park looking for some Florida seafood. We stopped at a small restaurant called the Big Fish Grill, which overlooked a marina and enjoyed a delicious late lunch.

We decided after lunch to take a drive. We drove a big loop through Niceville, Fort Walton Beach and Destin arriving back at the park. Whew, lots of traffic, shopping centers, restaurants and high-rise hotels and condominiums!

Before we leave this area, heading west, I want to walk on the beach. I remember visiting Fort Walton Beach with my Mom and younger sister when we were kids; Dad always stayed home. We spent some fun vacations here swimming in the gulf. It sure is different from what I remember; of course that was a long time ago!

Tonight will be chilly, low of 37. Tomorrow we plan to visit an Air Force museum.

Live in the Now!


Near Sunset at Silver Springs State Park, along the bank of the Silver River
Near Sunset at Silver Springs State Park, along the bank of the Silver River


With full awareness, knowing,

I am not guaranteed a future,

I strive to live in the Now.


I don’t want to relive, Yesterday,

Nor, do I want to live for, Someday,

Where I want to live is, Now.


Now, is where my dreams come true,

Now, is where I truly thrive,

Now, is wherever I am.

A Baby Blue Heron perhaps looking for a place to roost for the night
A Baby Blue Heron perhaps looking for a place to roost for the night
Great Egret flies low over the Silver River
Great Egret flies low over the Silver River
"Can you find me, I am hunting bugs"
“Can you find me”
This little Audubon’s Warbler hopped from lily pad to lily pad hunting for its evening meal!
"I told you there would be more photos!"  "Do you like my home?"
“I told you there would be more photos!”
“Do you like my home?”

~My Two-Legged Friends~

A few bird shots. Some taken in Jonathan Dickinson State Park and some at the Hobe Sound Beach.


Florida Scrub Jay

Resting in the evening sun
Resting in the evening sun


A Northern Mockingbird

"Darn, I wanted to go diving"
“Darn, I wanted to go diving”


Red-breasted Merganser (pair)

Swimming around in the Intra-Coastal Waterway
Swimming around in the Intra-Coastal Waterway


I believe this is a Willet (winter)

I believe this is a Willet (winter)
Run Baby Run



So fun to watch running along the shore
So fun to watch running along the shore


Ruddy Turnstone

A handsome shorebird
“Do you like my orange legs”





Ring-billed Gull

"Notice my beautiful red eye ring"
“Notice my beautiful red eye ring”


I believe this to be a first winter Rind-billed Gull

"Don't you touch my fish head"
“Don’t you touch my fish head”



Beauty in the Sun hunting along the river
What does she have her eye on?
What does she have her eye on?
She circled us several times.


Great Blue Heron

While boating the other day, this Great Blue Heron flew in front of us.


Florida Scrub Jay
“Do you like my leg bands”

What gorgeous friends I have!

Birding is Fun!