Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Good day to see Manatees!

And a great day to visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Even the park ranger said there were more manatees near the observation deck than usual.

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It was a beautiful day in the mid 70s and they were giving us all a show.

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All of those huge dark spots in the water are manatees! (and one was almost white!)

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I love seeing the flamingos and swans but the manatees really ‘steal the show’! (or at least until you get to the flamingos…OH MY!)

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Last Spring we even saw a Mama with a baby swimming alongside her. So hubby stopped at the gift shop and bought me a new toy.

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Well, after all…it was my birthday!

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43 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Cute stuffed toys! And wow, that sure looks like a fun way to spend the day. And your weather... beautiful!

Arlene Grimm said...

How interesting Diane! Love those beautiful flamingos too!

Pat said...

When we visited Florida, I loved seeing the manatees. Cute gift from the hubby.

Diane said...

LOVE it!

Mimi said...

Happy birthday, Diane! What a fun way to spend the day. I have never seen manatees in real life before, but my students read about them every year in our textbook. They certainly are unusual looking! And those flamingos look nothing like the ones my neighbor sticks in her yard each year... :-)
Have a wonderful day, my friend!

Happy@Home said...

How fun to see such interesting wildlife at your state park. Very cute reminder of the day from hubby.

ann said...

Of course we know what manatees are, but actually see them or even to know someone who has---impressive. The flamingos are so brilliant, nearly blinding. I'd say that you had a very good day.

Susie said...

Diane, I love your pictures. What a sweet gift from your hubby. I just love the color of those flamingos. Blessings for a great day, xoxo,Susie

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a lovely day - and such cute stuffed manatees - a good birthday for sure.

The flamingos still amaze me - to think that you can see them just anytime you want almost boggles my mind.

I'm glad you had such a fun day my friend.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Those are such cool photos of manatees. I love the flamingo one as well. It looks like a great day ! Have a wonderful Sunday too. xoox

Gina said...

Diane, I do love manatees. What a treat to see them "in the wild"! When the children were young, we had yearly passes to the aquarium. We would go almost every week and the manatees were one of their favorites. My third daughter had a little stuffed one that she named "Barbara". :-)

Laurie M said...

aren't they the most gentle looking creatures, your photos are amazing, when I was in grade 6 I did a project on the Manatee's, I was fascinated with them even all those yeas ago and for a 11 year old in Northern Canada they were the most exotic creature,

Ariadne said...

Oh the flamingoes are gorgeous!AriadnefromGreece!

Patty Antle said...

Oh, Diane, thank you for the beautiful photos - it's dark and rainy up here...have a happy Sunday!!

cucki said...

Love it..so much fun :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, the manatees are so cute. I love their faces.. What a fun time at the park, wonderful sightings of the manatees and flamingos. I like your birthday present, cute! Have a happy day and week ahead!

Inger said...

What a lovely toy you got and how great they are. A place I would love to visit.

Stacey said...

I'm so jealous! How fun to see them in person.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Love the manatees! Happy Birthday!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love seeing the manatees when we're on Sanibel. I'd love to touch one. xo

Mary Cromer said...

So pretty and I do hope I get to see even one when I visit down there soon~

Doreen@househoneys said...

The other day hubby was fishing by the pier when another fisherman thought he had a fish when in fact it was a manatee. He cut the line. Made me sad to think the poor thing has a hook in his mouth :(.

doodles n daydreams said...

Luckyyou to see manatees, I've seen flamingoes and they are quite spectacular, but manatees are something else.

Diana

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Loved seeing your photos of the manatees Diane. They are supposed to swim in the canal behind our rental in February to give birth during this time so I hope I get some photos.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Happy Birthday!!! Wow what an amazing time and sight to see! It all looks so beautiful and those manatees and flamingos!! So incredibly neat!! How fun for you, and love your cute souvenir your hubby got you ;) Have a lovely day! xo Holly

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Is there ever a bad day to see manatees. They are so wonderful. Wish I was there to see them with you and enjoy your wonderful weather. xo Laura

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my gosh, look at those flamingos! They are the most amazing birds. I've never see the manatees before, very interesting. It looks like a fun day at the park. I've been wanting to go to the Zoo lately.

Have a great week ahead, Diane.

~Sheri

Pamela Gordon said...

Don't we have some strange looking creatures in this world? Those flamingos are such a gorgeous colour. Have a great week!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How wonderfully exciting Diane!! The gentle giants of the waters!!! Didn't you just want to jump right in and swim with them!!! What a wonderful day you have had!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love manatees! I have a Beanie Baby Manatee that I've had for years and years. When I had a Girl Scout troop we used some of our cookie money to 'adopt' a manatee and we learned all about them. so exciting to see them that close up! (see another sister thing)
hugs,
Linda

Cloudia said...

Happy Birthday! And thank You for giving Us the gifts!



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Linda Walker said...

Diane, you are always having so much fun! I love the manatees and the flamingos! Enjoy the sun, we may have some for a bit tomorrow morning but then we are in for a blizzard and 1-2 feet of snow. Take care,
xo
Linda
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cynthia lee designs said...

How fun to get to see the manatees!! I wish it was warm here, but it is snowing!!
hugs,
Cindy

Shug said...

Believe or not, I had to ask my husband what a manatee was. Haven't ever seen one! and the flamingos are absolutely beautiful....

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Happy Birthday! I love manatees! WAsn't it a beautiful day, I spent it at the farmers market...The weather put a bounce in my step....Oh goodness, glad we live where we do and not in the NE..Yikkes

Carol

Debby said...

I would love to see them in the wild. We do have them at the Columbus Zoo. They are fun to watch. Our exhibit takes you on their level with a glass tank. I think they send the injured there to later go back in the wild. Not sure, I may be wrong. I like how they feed them lettuce. They are amazng. Stay warm down there. We are getting lots of snow.

Debby said...

And a Happy birthday

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I have never seen a manatee, but I have always wanted to. They seem so gentle and sweet.
Flamingos have always been one of my very favorite birds!
warm hugs,
Jemma

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Manatees are so adorable, lucky you to have them on your doorstep. Love your birthday gift, it's so cute!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gorgeous place -- Manatees are just wonderful, but they sure are hard to get pictures of ; you did much better than I did recently (over at 'our' Manatee Park.

We got some hard rain over here this morning. But now the sun is shining! Yay for Florida!

Karen Ann said...

How awesome to see those manatees up close!

BeachGypsy said...

they are amazing creatures arent they? so big and so gentle!! There were so many that day!!

Donna said...

Happy Birthday to you Diane....what a great trip and manatees too!