Sunday, July 28, 2013

Always something unusual at the ‘Springs’!

We drove over to Rainbow Springs State Park one day and got closer to a juvenile Anhinga than we’ve ever been! (probably 10 or 12 feet away!!!)

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He kept posing and I kept taking photos!

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It was the highlight of our day!

I took this photo of the Rainbow River and cropped it for my banner.

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And my new profile pic was taken that day, too!

I discussed profile pics HERE! lol

It’s a beautiful place to visit and the cost? $2 ! You can’t get any better than that! (well, we have annual passes so we get in free!)

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I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Seasonal Sundays,

Sundays in my City,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!

Have you ever seen one of these amazing birds?

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Can you see his webbed feet?

58 comments:

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Teenage show-off! Cool pics:@)

Linda Walker said...

He sure is a beauty! Love that tuft of feathers on top of his head! He appears to be a bit of a ham for sure!
Linda
xo

Cranberry Morning said...

What a gorgeous bird! So glad you got those photos and shared them. :-)
Have a wonderful Sunday, Diane.

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

I have never heard of this bird or even seen one.
It must be an American bird..
Its magnificent.. You took such great shots.. so close up. How lucky you were.
lots to do down there in Florida.
Best wishes from val in Portugal
xx

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I remember going to Rainbow Springs when I was a kid! We would visit my grandparents in Bascom (a blink-your-eyes-and-miss-it town almost in Georgia!) every summer and also take a side trip somewhere. The bird is pretty impressive, and I like your banner!

Laurie said...

I have not, what an unusual bird! Beautiful spot too!

Jane and Chris said...

Never seen this beautiful bird...so thanks for sharing him with us!
Jane x

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful pictures......you got so close to that amazing bird! Lovely trip too, thank you for sharing the photos!
Helen x

Incipient Wings said...

Ive never seen a bird like this before.
He's gorgeous and he looks gigantic!

what a beautiful park that is, thank you for sharing these lovely photos:)

Donna said...

Hahaha, he was glad to pose and be blog-worthy! I bet he was drying out his wings. Local parks like that are such treasures. And I love your new header!

Tara R. said...

A gorgeous park and very impressive bird. I get a lot of mileage out of my annual park pass too.

Cyndy Bush said...

I've never been to Rainbow Springs. Very cool!
(formerly @Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional - come visit me at my new home!)

Molly said...

Wow these are amazing

Mollyxxx

Stacey said...

What a neat bird. We don't have those here that I'm aware of. You're more likely to see a mockingbird or hawk...or buzzard here.

Diane said...

No-- never saw one either. How cool! I hadn't noticed its webbed feet until you pointed that out. Very interesting!

TexWisGirl said...

his little fuzzy head made me laugh out loud! :)

Susie said...

I have never even heard of this bird. You got a great shoy, cause I could see his webbed feet. That's a good deal getting into the park. xoxo,Susie

Katherines Corner said...

wow, he was ready for his close up for certain. Great photos my friend xo

Art and Sand said...

You have some beautiful spots around your for day trips. Right now spots around us are dry and brown from lack of rain.

Barbara F. said...

Oh Diane, your photos are terrific. I never saw or heard of that bird. I think you can do something with those photos of it, get it published. I am going over to check your profile photo link now. Have a great week. xo

Noelle the dreamer said...

A first for me Diane! Thanks for sharing such a marvelous sight!
Such a beautiful world we live into (yet we often spoil it, don't we?!).
Happy Sunday,

Tami said...

That is one awesome looking bird! Great photos you were able capture.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I chuckled at this amusing poser.

Thanks for visiting my blog, so I could discover your lovely niche of cyberspace.

xoRobyn

Chel C said...

Isn't he amazing!! What a poser and what fantastic feet! Have a wonderful week. Chel x

Leovi said...

Yes, Beautiful pictures, magnificent with its wings spread!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I think he comes under the heading a baby so ugly he's cute. He has a bit of a mohawk going on there.

Jen

Brenda said...

Wow that bird is huge. I've never seen one like that before. Glad it took the time out of its busy day to pose for you ;)

eileeninmd said...

It does look like a lovely place to visit! I love the Anhinga! Great captures! Wonderful photos from your visit, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week ahead!

Cinella Reyes said...

Oh wow... my girls would love this place!
Thanks for sharing!
-Cinella @ TMB

A Garden of Threads said...

It looks so ugly but cute at the same time. Enjoy your week:)

cynthia lee designs said...

You got a great photo of the Anhinga!! I don't think I've ever since one before. Rainbow Springs State Park sure is pretty!
hugs,
Cindy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great photos and I love that bird!

hugs,
Linda

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a gorgeous bird and oh you certainly did get close...that is amazing and I had never even heard of this bird before, even with all of our many journeys down to Florida~

Jemma said...

What a wonderfully cool bird! Never ever have I seen a creature like him before! Thank you for sharing him!
Happy Hugs,
Jemma

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You find the most interesting places to go. xo

carol l mckenna said...

Intriquing photos ~ quite the character and place ~ Enjoy ^_^

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Whoa! That is one crazy/scary looking bird -- you always seem to find the greatest things to photograph!

Pondside said...

I have never heard of an Anhinga - what an incredible bird!
I think it would be fun to get into one of those kayaks and go for a paddle.

Heart Vintage Design said...

Great photo! We used to have some that would hang out on our dock but haven't seen them lately.

Porch Days said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. I grew up in south Ga and went to some of those springs in FL. I remember the incredibly clear water.

Blue-bird (a.k.a. Ilse) said...

Oh wow! The bird pictures are just awesome!

Diane Writes said...

Hi there namemate! Thank you for forever linking up in my Beautiful Sunday series :)

If I were in your shoes, I would say that this is one of the best ways to spend your $ 2. The entire experience was so worth it! The star was Anhinga never posted any form of shyness :)

Aside from the relaxing environment, I was attracted with the kayak! How I wish I could kayak today. I badly needed that exercise along with a great trip to nature.

Wishing you a great week namemate!

Musings from Kim K. said...

He almost has a Halloween look about him...

Karen and Gerard said...

Great job on your banner pic! Looks fantastic! I'd like to go there too! Awesome bird and how nice of him to pose for you!

cucki said...

wow such a huge bird :)
beautiful photos.
big hugs x

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

drying his wings after a dip in the river!!! Beautiful!! Florida has so many amazing places to visit!!

Linda R said...

WOW!! I have never seen such a bird. What a great photo you got of him..

Hugs~

Poppy said...

What an interesting place; kind of haunting and beautiful at the same time! Now, that bird, would go with the 'haunting' and those gorgeous landscapes and waterways, with the beautiful! LOVE your banner!!!

Poppy

Ann said...

I've never even heard of this bird before BUT he is quite the guy. You have some fantastic shots-so close. He is so unique and I love his webbed feet. Looks like a fun place to visit.
Ann

Laurie Ritchey said...

What beautiful photos, Diane. I'm not familiar with this bird, but he is a sight to behold, and he posed beautifully for your photos. Your header looks so pretty. laurie

StarTraci said...

That is a beautiful spot! And that bird is definitely posing!

Have a great week!
:-)
Traci

edenhills said...

Those are great captures!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That bird is a hoot! Yes, can see those big webbed feetsies. Isn't nature grand!
I am so glad you like the wind chime. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Wow, great shots! Look at that wing span! He looks like he's saying "all rise"! :)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

You have captured a perfect day in the park. Valerie

Babs said...

Gosh, the bird is amazing. I've never heard of or seen one. How interesting!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Way cool, I just LOVE catching animals in photographs and yours is wonderful!
Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Unknown Mami said...

That bird has got some sensational on-camera presence.