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~Early morning walk~

A few scenes from our walk this morning in Rocky Bayou State Park near Niceville, Florida. The weather here has been cold, but the expected rain has been delayed! 

Reflection
Reflection
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Stream Restoration A habitat once destroyed is coming back to life!
Stream Restoration
A habitat once destroyed is coming back to life!
This is what the stream currently looks like
This is what the stream currently looks like
Another view
Another view
Sheila and Howard being goofy. Standing on the bridge crossing the stream. Looking straight down into the water.
Sheila and Howard being goofy. Standing on the bridge crossing the stream. Looking straight down into the water
Great Egret fishing in the stream
Great Egret fishing in the stream
Great Egret
Great Egret
See ya!
See ya!
A colorful mushroom growing on the forrest floor.
A colorful mushroom growing on the forrest floor
Moss covered fallen tree
Moss covered fallen tree
Blooming Water Lily
Blooming Water Lily
Beginning to bloom
Beginning to bloom
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Our front yard for a few days!
Our front yard for a few days!
Our back yard
Our back yard
Our Side View
Our Side View

We enjoyed our day today: an early morning walk through a beautiful forrest; a wonderful lunch at a family restaurant, which opened in 1954; and a visit to the Air Force Armament Museum.

Fighter pilots, flying overhead near the museum, truly entertained me this afternoon during their practice runs. They were flying the new F35 fighter jets! Take off, landing, take off – over and over again! Hopefully my photos came out and I will be able to share with you what they look like!

Have a great day tomorrow!

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Live in the Now

~What did I just catch?~

What did I just catch?
What did I just catch?
Whoa, it is a fighter!
Whoa, it is a fighter!
It was amusing when all of a sudden she jumped up and back.
Got it again!
Got it again; now what?

While on a walk today we spotted this Egret out in the marsh. The distance was really too great for me to capture detailed photos, but I wanted to share these. I noticed it was trying to eat something! If you click on the photos you might get an idea of what she caught.

Bike Trail
Many miles of bike trails in the park. Not sure I would want to walk these trails. Last year we saw a four foot Diamondback snake
Bird Tree
Bird Tree
My Scrub Jay, from yesterday, was sitting at the very top!
Jonathan has many marsh areas.
Jonathan has many marsh areas.

one lone Egret, fishing in a marsh

the big frog realized, it is pretty harsh

froggy grew quite big, must have lived awhile

guess this is the way, out in the wild

one has to eat, one has to die

in order to survive, you learn to be sly

~Beauty in White – the Great Egret~

expert in patience

methodical in action

regal in stature

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Great Egret

Finally, had the opportunity to get close enough to capture a few photos of the Great Egret that has been fishing on the banks of the Tchefuncte River here in Fairview Riverside State Park.  On our daily walks, I have seen this Great Egret standing perfectly still, then stealthily moving along the shore like an experienced mime.

However, unlike a mime, the Egret is not entertaining us. Instead with a skill necessary for survival and honed over time, it is hunting with focus and determination.

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SkyeRiver Photography  ©Sheila de Laneuville

It gives me great pleasure to observe and photography these beautiful, regal Herons. I wish she would have caught something!

We experienced wave after wave of rain last night and this morning it is still raining. Unlike a Colorado rain, which last for a short period of time, these Louisiana rains last all day, all night and all day……

Take the time to enjoy wildlife and always enjoy the Journey!