Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Good Home in Florida? “Good Fences Friday”

Come with me to the Halpata Taskanaki Preserve.

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How about this for a good place to build your home?

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It’s a tortoise burrow built right under the fence post.

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We even saw a small tortoise one afternoon. (small is only the size of a dinner plate or platter, or my hubby’s long fingers!)

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While I took these photos, I noticed the sun was shining on the wire giving it a blue tint.

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You just never know what you’ll see when you hike in Florida!

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I’m joining Tex for the

 Good Fences party!

Do you have some interesting fences to share?

63 comments:

cucki said...

such a sweet walk and cute fellow :)
enjoy your party..
hugs x

Lynne said...


Such fun it is to meet someone new
and be treated to Florida snshine, a young tortoise and a blue tinted wire fence too . . .

Diane said...

Turtles and tortoises are such interesting creatures. Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

again, your area of florida looks SO much like texas - right down to the yellow-blooming prickly pear and fencing! thanks for linking!

bj said...

Love your fence and turtle photos...
I am sharing fences but not a interesting as yours...going on a FENCE HUNTIN' photo shoot today...:)

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Nice linking.

Beautiful shots.

Susan said...

We saw lots of turtles at Hilton Head last week with our grands. How lucky you are to live close to these beautiful Reserves! XOXO

Patty Sumner said...

Nice. YOu alwas find such great things to photograph.. Enjoyed seeing the turtle.. have a great one. Blessings!

Debby Ray said...

Oooh...what a beautiful place! And this morning on my way to work, a turtle about that size was right on the middle of the road! I was praying he didn't get squished! Beautiful fences here too! Blessings!

Buttons said...

Oh I love your blue tinge fence wire and the turtle oh yes there is nothing like a cool turtle to make a person smile. B

Laurie M said...

beautiful fence shot, thats a big tortoise!

Vee said...

No...no good fences, but I sure enjoy seeing the good fences that my good blogging buddies find. Very nice tortoise home you found. I would not have known what it was.

Karen said...

Neat fences, and a cool tortoise.

BumbleVee said...

yeh....I'd be on the lookout for things with big teeth.... like ...alligators..... good thing the fences are kinda low...I could jump over if I had to.... maybe......

Cranberry Morning said...

How I'd love to take a walk with you on one of your adventures. How fun to come upon a tortoise like that! I'd have never known what a tortoise burrow looks like.

Jean Berryessa said...

Great pictures and interesting finds. I have not found any interesting fences. The tortoise, have only seen a couple but not here in Santa Cruz. Thanks so much for sharing.

September Violets said...

I remember seeing some tortoises in Florida when we visited Disney World. There was an island my daughter and I boated to (she was 3), and we saw all kinds of wildlife, but the tortoises were enormous! This little guy is cute ;) Wendy x

eileeninmd said...

I love the tortoise, wonderful fence shots! Have a happy day!

RobinfromCA said...

Looks like a great place for that tortoise to snuggle in! Love that you caught the blue in the fence.

Shug said...

Such a sweet looking (little) guy there. Looks like the perfect spot for a good home! Gorgeous flowers on the cactus there.
Interesting color change on the fence...

shug

Musings from Kim K. said...

Such fun sightings on your fence adventures. Gorgeous blooms and a very handsome tortoise.

Susie said...

Great pictures. I am not so apt to touch turtles...I am not sure which are snappers. My cousin used to say a snapping turtle will bite and hold you till it thunders. YIKES. xoxo,Susie

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love your fence shots! The turtle home is a cool find, too. I see so many trying to cross the highway now.

marilyn said...

beautiful... interesting photos...looks like a great place to visit...

Ruth Kelly said...

Fun finds in Florida!

Rose said...

My favorite is that first shot....but liked them all.

Thammie TheDollMaker said...

Hi Diane! Thanks for the photos. I'm seeing Florida in a total new light now.
I have to say that my heart melted at the tortoises and at the flowers.
No special fences to share with you, sorry!
Hugs
Arlette@Thammie TheDollMaker

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

What a beautiful place to walk. It looks very peaceful.

Primitive Stars said...

Love the fence and all the pictures, Blessings Francine.

Ida said...

How neat to spot that Tortoise den and the tortoise itself. Makes you wonder how sturdy that particular post is though.

Montanagirl said...

I like your fences and the Tortoises! The flowering cactus is really pretty too!

Sam I Am...... said...

You do see the most interesting things! I've never seen a tortoise burrow or a real blooming cactus. Great pictures as always!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the cactus!

Lois said...

That looks like a gopher turtle to me! My father used to tell me stories about my grandmother making a stew out of those turtles when he was growing up just north of St. Augustine back in the 1930's and 40's. I occasionally see them in my yard here in Tallahassee.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Love the tortoise photo! Deb

Felicia said...

lovely area and great fences.

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, that's so sweet. I've been traveling and just read your comment about the Tildas. If you'll go to Pinterest there are zillions of free patterns for Tilda and even some sites that will walk you through the making of one. You could look at my Tilda boards on Pinterest. The doll itself it the same, mostly, on all of them except the hair - that's the hardest part for me. I hope this will help. You do so well on making your little 'babies' you won't have any problems at all. You can buy the books at JoAnns or order from Amazon, but heck, free is free! :)
You'll do great.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda Walker said...

Nice walk....isn't it fun to see wildlife along the way? Enjoyed your photos!
xo
Linda
Sewwhat!

Stephanie said...

Good eye in seeing the blue tinge on the fence.

The Boston Lady said...

What a beautiful place for a hike! I've always loved the 'real' Florida and I appreciate seeing them through your lens. Ann

Kathy said...

You have so many wonderful places to explore and I thank you for sharing. I have never seen a turtle in the wild!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love that second shot.
Rinda

BeachGypsy said...

love your pictures especially the last one! loved your doll on the previous post too! warm southern hugs backacha girlfriend!!!

Trace4J said...

I love your sweet Gardening Girl.
Woolie Hugs

Blackberry Lane said...

Great pictures for Good Fences. Have a wonderful weekend.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Incredible images. A lot like my part of Texas.

Karen S. said...

Yes it is, and what could slow moving fun neighbors too!

Pamela Gordon said...

That was neat to see the tortoise hole in the ground and the tortoise. I've never seen such a thing here. Great fence photos Diane. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Pam

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I didn't even know that tortoise's went into burrows! :)

Off to see your latest doll now...playing catch-up :)

ladyfi said...

REally nice shots.

Ela said...

Such a gorgeous place and your photos are beautiful !
I wish you a happy weekend :)

Maggie Ann said...

I admire your sunshine and how you get out and about!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Wow, I haven't seen a fence like that one in forever... reminds me of the one we had in our backyard, growing up. Memories! Mr. Tortoise is a cutie!

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous, natural, untouched landscape......and a big turtle!!

Red Rose Alley said...

You see the most interesting things on your hikes, Diane. That must have been a sight to see that tortoise! Thanks for taking us along with you on your hikes.....I get to see some awesome things.

Have a good weekend.

love,
~Sheri

Denise said...

So nice to hear from You Diane.Lovely photos.....fence, tortoise and cactus flower.Makes Me want to travel or at least get out of town.

Patty Antle said...

Whoa that's a big turtle! Nice hike!

Marie said...

Perfect place for a tortoise burrow! :-) beautiful place!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Such a nice fence shot but you always have such awesome photos!

Chel C said...

What fun to find this little burrow. I remember my Great Grandma had a tortoise that outlived her. The fence looks brilliant with that blue tinge. Take care. x

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Florida and Arizona have interesting critters to watch out for on hikes!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

A very nice place to visit, indeed. The blue fence is very neat. I am glad you noticed the reflection. And what a treat to see a tortoise!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

We were out walking on my grandmother's property in Grand Island. Use to be all orange trees - now over grown. That's a gopher hole. The gopher digs out the hole but be careful, because snakes "share" the gopher holes with the gopher.