Monday, April 23, 2018

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore

Well, I haven’t ever sold any but I’ve given quite a few away over the years.

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Because I LOVE to collect them!

And Canaveral National Seashore is an amazing beach to hunt for seashells.

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There are not nearly as many people there and probably 15 miles or so of seashore to walk! Lots of parking areas to walk down to the beach too.

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Much of the beach looks like this.

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Tiny ground up pieces….

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and then you’ll walk up to mounds of shells like this.

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And come home with THIS! lol

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We even found around a dozen pieces of seaglass this time.

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Have you ever walked the beach picking up shells? It’s the best feeling in the world! Kind of like a treasure hunt!

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I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Beach Birds at Canaveral National Seashore

We drove over to the beach with our picnic and snacks (and water)packed in the ice chest to spend the day!

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And it was gorgeous! Perfect weather….80s with a light breeze, nice and cool blowing off the ocean.

We walked and walked, picking up pretty shells. (I’ll show you those later) We don’t carry a camera on the beach for obvious reasons. (we usually get WET! lol)

But hubby had his phone with him and snapped off a few pics to share. He’s been enjoying your sweet comments on his photos. (me too!)

These are Willets

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and these are Sanderlings.

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That’s our best shore bird ID guess!

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I stood on the boardwalk and took these of a pretty seagull that flew over and then landed nearby.

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I know I was ‘leaning’ looking up!

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He was so nice to stop and pose for me!

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He looked rather comical.

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Maybe showing off for the camera?

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What do you think?

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…one of the things we like best about Florida!

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(this is the photo hubby took with his phone and I cropped for my new banner)

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Water Lily

One perfect flower!

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When we hike Ross Prairie State Forest, the trail makes a big loop.

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We turn at this pretty little pond.

Do you see a little white dot at the top right of the water?

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And when we hiked there a couple of weeks ago, we saw ONE perfect flower!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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I’ll be anxious to take this hike again to see more.

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Thanks hubby for these close ups!

I had a lot of neat photos to share, so I decided to make a mosaic out of most of them.

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A nice hike through the pines and oaks. Listening to birds and stopping to see wildflowers. You never know what you’ll see.

I thought of ‘beauty and the beast’ for my caption when I decided to include this photo.

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It’s just sap leaking out of a tree but it looks a bit ‘beastly’, doesn’t it?

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Our Little Blue Heron is…..

BLUE!

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Finally he turned a beautiful shade of indigo blue!

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We were so thrilled to see him and had to look extra hard to find him among the lush plants along the river’s edge.

But this is the same area we always see him.

Well except back in October 2017 he was a Juvenile and he looked like THIS!

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And even March 10, 2018 he was still white! We hiked Blue Run Park three times in March and he was white every time!

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March 4th

It’s been fun to follow him for several months and watch him change.

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March 10th

Now he is the most beautiful BLUE and he will stay blue.

Right Eileen and Anni?

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Below are photos of a couple of White Ibis.

They have bright orange and red beaks and legs. (their breeding colors)

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The water looked neat with the sun shining through the leaves.

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We love this particular hike! You are always surrounded by beauty!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It’s a Pawpaw Tree!

Lo and behold, my mystery flower is a Pawpaw Tree!

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The Four-Petal Paw Paw prefers being in a Sand Pine Scrub Ecosystem. It is endangered due to habitat destruction from over development.

I appreciate all of the wonderful comments and good ideas but I actually found the answer in an old 1938 book that I had on my bookshelf, Florida Wild Flowers by Mary Francis Baker.

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I love old books!

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Even though the illustration wasn’t the best, I could still tell.

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I love a challenge and a good ‘google search’. But on Sunday afternoon I stretched out on the sofa with some old wildflower books and found a positive ID!

We had gone back over to Ross Prairie and to the Florida Trails that are nearby to look at each and every plant.

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To make it even more challenging, some of the twiggy ‘trees’ or shrubs had blooms with only 3 petals.

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Some of the centers were different too.

One even had purple inner petals which I thought was gorgeous.

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Once I knew what it was, I found lots of references to it being here in Florida. I enjoyed reading the website, Walking with the Alligators (HERE) and learned a lot from the gator woman!

The Survival Gardener has some great information on it  HERE !

I want to thank Michael E. Abrams from Florida Wildflowers too. I wrote him, gave him my blog address and told him where I had found the flower. He was nice enough to write back on Monday morning and confirm my positive identification! WHEW! I was so happy!

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“Picking up Paw Paws, put ‘em in my pocket;

Picking up Paw Paws, put ‘em in my pocket;

Picking up Paw Paws, put ‘em in my pocket;

Way down yonder in the Paw Paw Patch”

Do you remember that song? I think we sang and danced it with Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays

Wednesday Around the World,

and Wildflower Wednesday.

Come on down!

I found the Paw Paw Patch!

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Bottlebrush Tree

This is aptly named don’t you think?

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It was in full bloom at Sholom Park and I had fun photographing it.

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I walked and marveled at the beauty of this park.

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There’s always something in bloom!

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You can see the bushes in bloom on the left!

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It’s right around the corner from the Lipstick Plant!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring is a Wild Time in Florida!

We have so many birds that migrate through Florida and Springtime is the perfect time to see unusual sights!

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I’ve seen several Eagles in the past couple of weeks.

When I was walking across the parking lot at the Farmer’s Market last week, I saw an Eagle flying in and out of a large flock of Egrets.

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I guess he was saying ‘stay out of my territory’!

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AMAZING!

I’m glad I had my good camera with me. I ‘threw’ my fresh fruit and veggies in the trunk and grabbed my camera. Florida strawberries….don’t get smushed by the sweet potatoes! lol

I drove over to Sholom Park which is right next door and as soon as I got out of the car, I saw a flock of dark birds HIGH in the sky!

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I think they are Coots! Which is pretty amazing!

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Migrating Coots!

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I also saw a pair of Swallowtail Kites at Sholom. YAY! They are nesting there again this year!

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One of the signs at Sholom Park.

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(up close)

It was a beautiful day to be out and about!

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and I’d Rather B Birdin’.