Friday, December 14, 2018

Hike #69 Oh DEER Me!!!

It was very exciting!

But you’ll just have to take my word for it!

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(the buck is in the center of this photo)

The pics aren’t very good. It’s a combination of the fact that they are on the move and that I get SO excited that I can’t focus! heehee! But I saw 2 deer! One a small doe and the other a Buck with antlers.

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The bright white that shows up in the photo is actually the flag…or tail of the small deer!

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I did get a better photo of a Flycatcher.

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He posed for me! Thank you very much!

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Oh, and I posed in front of a mirror near the tunnel. (to help the bikes come around the sharp curve and see if any slow walkers are ahead! lol)

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A beautiful day..

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with an airplane in the bright blue sky!

Another fun hike at the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway trail.

Are you ready for our longer hike tomorrow?

Meet me right here to get started!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Let’s Stop to Smell the Roses

Here in Florida we have flowers blooming year round.

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See that big window, let’s peek out there!

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Our roses are beautiful right now, as well as the Pentas

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and even a Vinca that came up volunteer!

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I love looking through the glass block window in the bathroom and seeing red roses.

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And I spend a lot of time in the lanai and enjoy the roses in those flower beds too.

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Let’s peek out the window behind the sofa!

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A few decorations here and there.

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I don’t over do it but I do enjoy vintage decorations and handmade items.

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Are you enjoying your home for the holidays?

Come back tomorrow for another hike!

We’re getting outside AND getting in shape!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hike #68 I’m Seeing Things!

It was a rather quiet day on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (West trail).

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I saw a precious little Warbler.

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There are flocks of them all along the trail but very hard to get pics. They are shy!

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So I looked around and saw an unusual bush.

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Oh and some ‘monsters’ in the woods.

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This one might be another giant bird! lol

(don’t worry, they are only old dead trees or logs)

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A pretty cluster of berries,

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and even the moon overhead.

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Oh and remember when we saw the MACK truck on the trail at HTP? When I got to the Florida Greenway, they had dug up the firebreak road here too. That’s a very good thing! Keeps our homes safe if a fire breaks out.

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Did you see anything unusual this week?

Stay tuned! We’ll be hiking again soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hike #67 starts with some ‘Deer’ excitement!

I had only been on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway trail for about 10 minutes when I looked up ahead and saw a large doe crossing my path!

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My heart was racing!

And it was interesting when I thought about it later. I felt like I had more energy on this hike. Something about that adrenaline surging through my veins!

Here’s the definition…Adrenaline:a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.

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Such a beautiful deer and bigger than the ones we usually see here in Florida.

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Pretty little Warblers along the way.

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They don’t stay still for many photo ops!

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And an interesting sky with a Palm tree growing wild.

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I’m always seeing ‘odd’ things in the woods! This looked a little like a 3 ft tall bird at the base of a tree! What do you think?

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Lots of leaves fluttering down now too!

Join me tomorrow for another exciting hike!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Hike # 66 for Mosaic Monday

Let’s go back to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway trail today. It’s so easy to drive to the trailhead!

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And I love the feeling of getting out in the woods.

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I saw a deer but didn’t get a good photo of it. It was running with the flag up in the air (white tail).

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We’ll have to settle for a photo of a squirrel! lol

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The weather was in the 70s and the sky was blue with white puffy clouds!

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The Beautyberry is in full bloom

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and I was lots of pretty little Warblers (probably Palm Warblers, but there are several types in this area).

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Another pretty flower blooming.

The Rattlebox (Crotalaria Spectabilis Roth)

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One of the neatest things I saw was the ‘butterfly dance’. Two little yellow butterflies were flying together and creating the prettiest sight. I know it’s hard to tell, but there are 2 butterflies dancing in this photo!

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Keep your hiking shoes handy!

See you tomorrow for the next hike in this series!

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Hike #65 Blue Run Park Dunnellon

We always see SO much when we hike at Blue Run!

And we take SO many photos! It’s hard to choose just a few!

But I’m trying to keep this hiking series going!

One of the first birds we saw was this Red Shouldered Hawk. We see two quite often and they are probably ‘our babies’. We saw them on the nest a couple of years ago and they stay in the same area of the old nest.

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I loved the Spanish moss in the background so didn’t crop it.

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We also saw this Yellow-Throated Warbler.

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So beautiful!

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And under the bridge we spotted a Green Heron.

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I love the colors of the heron against the water.

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This is probably a Cooter…

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and this a Red Bellied Turtle.

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It’s easy to see why this Kingfisher is the Belted Kingfisher!

This hike was the first time we saw the baby Alligators!

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And thanks to my hubby for some of the VERY best of Blue Run!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.