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~If you love to…

If you love to walk, geo-cache, hike, swim, canoe, camp, bike, view a gorgeous sunset, take photos, horseback ride, or bird watch, then a visit to Jonathan Dickinson State Park should be on your agenda.

The other day while walking along the banks of the Loxahatchee River we heard music; finally figured out it was coming from one of the many pavilions the park has. A man was playing his fiddle and he was really good. We sat on a park bench and listened to him play for a little while.

Another day there were a group of people with their easels, painting beautiful images on canvas. So just not the typical activities within the park, but some unique ones as well.

Located in south Florida, north of West Palm Beach, it is a great place to spend a couple of weeks. Howard and I have camped at this Florida state park during the winter for many years and we truly enjoy each visit.

To see some photos of the park and investigate what other activities Jonathan has to offer, go to the link below.

Jonathan

Here are a few more photos…

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One of many small ponds in the park.
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Dock

The dock area, located on the Loxahatchee River, where you can swim, launch/rent a kayak, paddle board and canoe or take a tour of the river with a professional guide. During your river experience you will see gorgeous scenery, historical landmarks, alligators, manatees, herons, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife.

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Guided Tour Boat
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Loxahatchee River
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Broad walk along the river
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A charming swimming hole

Birding opportunities are plentiful…

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Above a posing Northern Mockingbird

 

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Great Blue Heron

 

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A beautiful sentinel

 

No sunset photo this evening, it is raining. Until next time!

 

 

~Osprey Pair

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

After many days of rain and overcast skies, it felt wonderful to experience the sun on our faces this morning. On our walk, we came upon this Osprey pair.

The male was flying around, letting us know he wasn’t happy with us intruding in his domain, one outcry we have never heard before. His cry was LOUD and truly shocking. After several passes over our heads, he finally landed near his mate.

The female, when we first neared their tree was sitting out on a branch, she then decided to fly into the nest.

Both kept an eye on us the whole time while I was taking photos.

We didn’t stay on the hiking path near the nest long. It was warming up quickly and the doggies were ready to turn around. Plus we didn’t want to upset this beautiful pair.

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Through the Pines. I wasn’t able to capture a quality photo of him in flight.
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Fly by, artsy version
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Both back by the nest
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A pretty big nest!

Next: A gorgeous pair of Sandhill Cranes

~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
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A Nice Landing

Until next time….

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Fly Silently and Carry a Big Stick

 

Sharing with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen for Saturday’s Critters

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/02/saturdays-critters-60.html

 

~Osprey~

Soaring, among the clouds,

riding, wind currants higher and higher,

circling, looking for prey,

gliding, enjoying the hunt,

diving, for the kill.

Soaring
Soaring

Photo taken at The Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida

 

Lunch time
Lunch time
"Why are you watching me eat my lunch?"
“Why are you watching me eat my lunch?”
"I'am not sharing!"
“I’am not sharing!”

Photos taken near Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida

 

Nice catch!
Nice catch!

Photo taken Fort De Soto County Park in Tierra Verde, Florida

 

Sharing with Michelle at Nature’s Notes

http://ramblingwoods.com/2015/01/12/nature-notes-294will-my-grandson-ever-be-able-to-help-me-raise-monarch-butterflies/

 

 

~Poetry, For now a Rest~

with her mate, she sits in her tree

exhausted after a day of nest building

knowing soon their essential skill as hunters

will be required to provide food for their young

for now, a rest

vivid colors cast the perfect backdrop 

to showcase her strong resolve to survive

as the beauty of this day lingers

a few minutes more

Look close and you will see two
Look close and you will see two

survival, a simple quest or is it

survival, a simple quest or is it
Another hunter, enjoying the peace at the end of a day
Last performance
Last performance
(the other hunter slowly moves our way)
A Silver Ending
A Silver Ending

I truly enjoy photographing the setting sun and these magnificent birds from a pier on Lake Hammond in Lake Louisa State Park.

~A little privacy please!~

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they perform a beautiful dance

to preserve their species for all to see

they sit as sentinels high in the trees 

and hunt for food out of the sea

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I captured these photos while on our boat ride Saturday.

These are not sharp photos, but I show them to you so you can see a pair of Osprey doing what is necessary to preserve their species.  

"Thinking about it"
“Thinking about it”
"I'am coming to see you"
“I’am coming to see you”
In a hurry!
He appears to be in a hurry!
Like a beautiful dance!
A beautiful dance is performed!
Joy
Joy with success!
"I'll be back"
“I’ll be back”
She stayed in this position for several seconds. Why?
She appears grateful!
She stayed in this position for several seconds. Why?
"My job is complete"
“My job is complete”

 

This is a different Osprey pair from my previous post. This pair was further away and higher up.

Aren’t they beautiful?

~What’s for lunch?~

Osprey
Osprey

He listens as I snap photos

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This is how I saw him as we first approached; easing the boat ever closer.

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Watching us closely.

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Beautiful profile of this male Osprey.

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On Saturday, we took a boat ride in brother-in-laws boat, heading north toward the Port St Lucie Inlet from Hobe Sound, Florida. As we traversed among the Mangroves, growing along the intra-coastal waterway, I was lucky to capture numerous Osprey sitting like “kings of the sea” high in the tree tops.

The photo below is the mate to the one above as she sat on their nest. I sure hope she was not tangled in the green fishing net, which appears to be part of the nest.

I took her photo on our way up the channel and she was still sitting there, on our way back down the channel.   As we approached them a couple of hours later, her mate was enjoying his lunch and I wonder if he shared any with her.

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I have a few photos of another Osprey pair mating, which I will post tomorrow. The photos of this pair are not as clear as these, but are interesting because they depict the behavior of a mating pair.

AND, a few photos of Bob (BIL) and Howard, in the cold waters of the intra-coastal waterway, trying to float our boat back into deeper water.

We managed to travel out of the main channel and got stuck on a sand bar. It was quite the jolt, let me tell you!

Of course I snapped a few photos, of their struggle, while sitting dry from inside the boat. {Grins}