Saturday, March 19, 2016

Withlacoochee River

A few more photos taken on the hike with our family on Blue Run Trail in Dunnellon, FL.


My daughter in law pointed out how pretty the reflections were on the river.

 

And our granddaughter saw this Ibis wading in the marsh along the trail.

 

He had a nice reflection, too!

 

Our grandson used his sharp eyes to see this green lizard on the tree.

 

Can you see how beaded he looks up close?

 

And my son noticed this small alligator on top of the vegetation striking a nice pose for photos.

 

Do you see that huge leaf in the upper right of this photo. 

 

This was a baby alligator, about 2 ft long.

We don't see alligators very often. Most of the trails we hike are high and dry. We saw this baby gator off the Withlacoochee River bridge. They inhabit swampy marsh areas and we don't have many of those in this part of Florida. (this info is especially for Vee! lol) 


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

We hope to go back again this weekend. 
Do you have any adventures planned?




42 comments:

Rick Watson said...

Those are some lovely photos. I popped over from Mavely's blog.
New follower, Rick

Diane said...

Super pictures!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, wonderful photos and critters from your family outing. Your grandson has a great eye, I like the cute green lizard. The Ibis is pretty and the reflections are beautiful. The baby gator still looks big, great closeup.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

It's chilly and stormy looking up here. Snow tonight? I don't think so but the higher elevations will see some white stuff.

Happy Spring.
Prudence

Susie said...

Hi Diane, This seems like a wonderful hike to have the family along. You saw some unique things. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Really pretty photos! Love the reflections!
hugs!!
Linda

Kathy said...

Amazing to see all that wildlife up close and personal!

PatC - All is Bright said...

Fantastic photos!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Wonderful critter photos on your hike.

Phil Slade said...

Lovely pictures of the baby alligator. I must admit I wouldn't hang around long just in case there was a protective adult close by.

Lauren at Wonderfully Made said...

Lovely pics -- You need to rotate that second picture. If you do, it will look like a tree with the leaves on it -- does that make sense? I love that picture!

Anni said...

Fabulous images....all of them. The reflections of the egrets. wow.

Thanks for participating at I'd rather b birdin' this weekend.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So beautiful in your part of Florida! But, hey, we have more alligators (many people would not see that as an advantage!).. Cool that your family got to visit and got to spot so many great Florida icons! That lizard is amazingly like a beaded toy. I never noticed that before. Will look more carefully next time I see one like that. Wow.

Vee said...

I knew it the minute I saw that baby alligator! You've been pulling a fast one on me all this time telling me that they are not around too much. There he is!

The reflections on the water are very pretty... Glad that you and your family enjoyed a pleasant outing.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your photos are gorgeous, the colours so vibrant. What amazing critters you have in your part of the world. Have a wonderful weekend :)

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What an amazing place and what magnificent critters you found ~ Beautiful photography ~ love the water reflection one ~

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Ariadne said...

Great photos , especially the baby alligator, something I have only seen once at the zoo in Mystic Aquarium!And touched it too!AriadnefromGreece!

Jean Berryessa said...

Amazing pics, looks like a fun outing with the family. Again, what kind of camera are you using?

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun adventures! I just love the lizard - what a beauty. The reflections are fabulous - I've never seen an Ibis - what a glorious bird. We don't have any special adventures planned - but when we take our rides on sunny afternoons we often have an unplanned adventure - sometimes the most fun. Happy weekend my friend - I'm off to sew something white and fun.

handmade by amalia said...

Lovely photos, Diane. I also liked the reflections.
Amalia
xo

Breathtaking said...

Hello Dianne!:) Another nice family outing, and thanks for sharing these fab creatures you saw together. Great Íbis shots and the reflections are lovely, as is the gorgeous green lizard...what a beauty. Can't say the same for the gator, it might be the only young creature that I don't find to be cute, but the images are splendid.
Have a happy Sunday!:)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! I like all the critters. The lizard is very cute.

Denise inVA said...

Thank you for taking us along on this walk. You saw some great sights and your photos were sharp and clear, especially picking up the textured skin on the lizard. Cute little thing and such a pretty color. Never seen a baby alligator before, just his great grandparents at the Everglades a couple of years ago :) Happy Sunday to you!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Stunning pictures. I feel like we were on a virtual field trip with you and your family.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful shots, Diane! Such exotic critters, some pretty, some a little bit less. The photos of the baby alligator are especially impressive, he looks almost cute. :)
Thank you for sharing! Have a great week ahead! Hugs!

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely shots and reflections of the critters. Have a great week ahead.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a fetching smile on that little gator!
~

COUNTRY CRAFTING said...

beautiful...great photos

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos, my friend!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Withlacoochee River what an amazing name ...
You have shared some wonderful images with us, and those reflections in the water are just lovely.

Have a good week ahead

All the best Jan

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

Hi Diane - the original winner of my bunny pull toy giveaway from our FAAP SPRING BLOG HOP has failed to contact me and left me no way to contact her. So I had my 9 yr. old grand daughter pull another name from the bowl and it was LAVENDER DREAMER!
Please send me your mailing address and I'll get the bunny shipped to you asap. kklprimitives @ verizon . net

Love all of these photos - great photography!

Pondside said...

I think I'd be a bit nervous about running across a crocodile! The birds though - they are lovely!

NatureFootstep said...

both birds and critters are lovely. And you are right, some amazing reflections too.

20 North Ora said...

Gorgeous photos. The lizard actually does look beaded!!

Judy

Alexa T said...

Wonderful photos and critters! And so lovely reflection captured! Best regards in March!

Gina said...

Diane, the Ibis is gorgeous. It looks like it is tiptoeing through the river. And however do you pronunciate Withlacoochee? :-)

Debbie said...

A great group of critters!! Lovely reflections and I enjoyed seeing the ibis!! Wishing you a great week ahead!!

Rose said...

That green lizard looks like it could almost be a piece of jewelry.

Mary Cromer said...

Hi Diane, Red-Shouldered Hawks, I hope you share them and I will not miss them. These shares are all just so what I would imagine on a walk in Florida. I am thinking I may visit my youngest daughter in May down in Deerfield Beach in May. I have to deal with these health issues and I will pray. Keep sharing your beauty~

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

Great photos and so nice you could share your beautiful nature with your grands. Children need to gain an appreciation early on so they can be it's future protectors.

Marie C said...

Wonderful photos! LOVE the closeup of the lizard!

shortybear said...

fantastic pictures.