Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Walk in the Woods in December

I know many of you love the winter season but we retired to Florida to enjoy the mild winters!

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(Bending your neck all the way to look UP at the sky!)

We’ve been getting some cold nights but it’s in the 70s for highs this week so I hiked in shorts in December! I love it!

We saw lots of beautiful sights on our hike #48 on the Florida trails this week.

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I’ll probably save a few photos for a mosaic.

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We saw lots of little birds and even a flock of about 50 Chipping Sparrows!

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The camera overexposed this pic but it’s still pretty neat to capture two Chipping Sparrows! (thanks hubby)

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This pretty Dove posed for us!

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And there were lots of these lemon yellow Palm Warblers.

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I love this photo! (thanks hubby)

Lots of beauty when you take the time to stop and look around…

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or look UP!

Have a fabulous weekend! Island with a palm tree

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

34 comments:

Gayle said...

The pine against the sky is a beauty
If we moved I wouldn't necessarily miss the cold weather but since this is likely where we will stay snow has its own charm.
In the meantime I'll take a deep breath and enjoy your balmy December weather through you photos.

Betty Crow said...

I enjoy seeing the beauty of photos with snow, but not a fan of getting out in it. Enjoy your fine weather. It's chilly here in OK, but will climb into the 50s with sunshine today. Happy saturday!

laurie said...

such good advice to stop and look around,, sometimes are eyes are open but we still don't see!! Amazing photos!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty images from your walk. Love our sweet birds, the Chipping Sparrows are not here in the winter. I miss them. The warbler and dove are pretty. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a great day and happy weekend.

Linda said...

Gorgeous scenery and great photos! Still, my favorite is the last one because you are in it!

NanaDiana said...

Other than being here for grandkids/kids I would move back to FL in a heartbeat. Snow and do nothing for me-except to watch the joy on the kids' faces when we get a big snow.

Great pictures. You really do see a lot of birds there.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Diane. xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So beautiful! I love your photos Sis! Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Hugs!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely shots. I particularly love the first one. I come home from a hike with a crick in my neck, from taking so many of those kinds of shots :)

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature shots ~ my favorite is the beautiful dove!

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Jeanie said...

I love your bird pix. They're always so close! And that sky is fabulous!

Andrea said...

While you chase birds, i chase butterflies! You got some lovely one there.

Sandra said...

I love doves and this one is so pretty and i love the blown out warblers at the end, they would make beautiful note cards. i am loving our weather to

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous photos, my friend, and the picture of the sky took my breath away!

Happy weekend to you. Hugs!

Terri D said...

Thanks for taking us along on your hikes through your amazing photos!!

Inger said...

I love that there are all these hiking trails in Florida. It has been in the high 60s here in the mountains, but today it cooled off a bit, which I love. After living in Southern California for so long, I had an opposite wish from yours: I wanted to retire to the snow. Which we had plenty of when we first moved here, now I wonder if I will see any at all.

happyone said...

Looks like a great place to walk.

Debbie said...

one of my favorite places to be, in the woods, with my camera!!

beautiful captures, hubbies was awesome!!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Yes--I like wearing shorts here knowing they are freezing in NY--though I almost moved back--
Finally today I heard and seen some birds flying around and chasing each other when I went out for my walk around--and yesterday had some down to the dock--they have all been missing for awhile now--have no idea where they went--but am glad they are back--or at least I am hoping they are back!!!
enjoy the moments,di

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

You said it beautifully....beauty is everywhere if you just stop long enough to notice it.

Carol Z said...

I love looking at the winter. We've had cold days and snow already. I'm not ready to start looking at Southern real estate, but I am glad I will be away for part of January and February.

The Sketchy Reader said...

I love that photo of the dove! Your photos from your walks are always so interesting and fun. Have a blessed Sunday!

xo,
RJ

bj said...

It's been a little cold lately and our dove huddle in one clump, trying to stay warm...they are so pretty

Blondie's Journal said...

You really and truly take the best nature pictures of any I've seen in Bogland. It's a wonderful talent, and takes a lot of love for the outdoor world.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Jane x

BeachGypsy said...

Howdy there Diane, so glad to see you stopped in. I didn't know you lived so CLOSE TO WEEKI WACHEE!! Lucky you! I sure do love it there, one of my favorite places for sure. I never get tired of watching the mermaid shows and I could ride the river boat over and over..... It's just "so old Florida", and I love it that way. I loved hiking with y'all this time....love that picture of the path stretching out before you....so nice....and so symbolic I guess?--to me anyway. You got some great shots of the birds again!!---you or hubby--whichever....you both get great pictures. I love love love the one of the dove. Is that a mourning dove, do you know? you should enlarge that one and hang it up somewhere in your house. Hope y'all are having a great weekend....we've had a nice low-key one here, we have walked but also rested alot, and did a little shopping, and took a nice long drive.Oh---yes!!--we are like you....we live here for the wonderful climate too. I so enjoy seeing everyone's snow pictures but there's now way i would ever want to live in the cold. We are spoiled with the warm weather here aren't we?

BeachGypsy said...

PS--I love the swags you made and put up!! You did a great job!!

Phil Slade said...

Here in mid-winter UK with grey skies and rain, I really envy your sunshine mornings. Enjoy Diane.

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Oh so very pretty....both the Florida landscape AND the wonderful array of birds this week. Diane, I really look forward to seeing your images of the Sandhill Cranes too. They're marvelous birds.

As always, thanks for sharing your post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Arlene Grimm said...

Diane, I would be happy to don a pair of my capris this time of the year...it has been very cold here for December but we are hearing that we will have a mild Jan and Feb...sure hope so as I need to get out and get some walking in.

It's me said...

Happy last week before Christmas ....love love love Ria x ❤️

Cherdecor said...

Just put a red bow on the pine branch that the Lemon yellow warbler is sitting on and you have Christmas. Chad met with his bird club at McDonald's this morning. After they eat, they are given a map of an area in which to count birds. It is their Christmas bird count. It wasn't too cold to be out counting birds today. However, you would never catch me out there! LOL!

Danice said...

More beautiful photos. It is a bit colder here, and rainy. Wondering what Christmas weather will be like.

Lorrie said...

Really beautiful photos, Diane (and husband). Love the pine branch with the tiny yellow Palm warbler. Have a wonderful week.

Janey and Co. said...

I wish I could capture birds like that on my walks. Problem is I usually only have my cell phone along and our birds don"t sit still that long!:0 Enjoy the holidays! Janey

Red Rose Alley said...

aahh, what a precious bird the dove is. I love those little sparrows, they're sweet, and I always have to stop for a yellow or red bird. The sky picture is pretty, and what a cool tree that is. It's so good of you to take a walk in the woods, Diane, especially this Christmas season. : )

love, ~Sheri