Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Dolphin, a small-toothed cetacean

This will probably be the easiest post I've ever written. I could add one photo and one photo only. But of course you know I can't do that! 

We DID have an amazing encounter with a Dolphin on our drive over to the Withlacoochee Bay Trail on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

We were standing on an observation platform looking out over some shallow water and saw a Dolphin swimming our way. 

For starters, we can see the dorsal fin of Dolphins swimming out in the deeper waters. That's not unusual. But to have one swim right in front of us is most unusual and very exciting. 

Can you see the water coming out of his blow hole?

And then to have it splishing and splashing, fishing for it's lunch was something to watch!

Fish were flying out of the water, hoping to live another day! lol

It was an incredible display to be so close to with our cameras clicking away.

And to share a Tricolored Heron that we spotted from the top of the tall tower I bravely climbed (more on that in the previous post).

He was a beauty!

I'll finish with a cropped photo of the Dolphin coming out of the water to give us a smile! 

Amazing! We were very thankful to witness something so special!

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Weird Earth and amazing sights

Have you ever watched the program 'Weird Earth' on the Weather Channel? We've caught it a few times and always marvel at the strange things that people see all over the world. My husband even saw some of the tube like clouds one night when he looked out the window. (no photos of that)

Well, I took photos of the Gulf of Mexico and captured a few that fall in that category.

What do you think of this boat out in the middle of nowhere. It looks as if it is in the sky, instead of the water. And even the other boat appears to be staring at it. Something to ponder! lol

Another weird photo of boats that appear to be above the water.

And then there's the island in the sky! Doesn't it look like it has appeared out of nowhere?

It's a land mass....not a dark cloud.

AND these photos are straight out of the camera.

We see some pretty amazing sights on our hikes but nothing compares to this.

Where do you think I am? (do you see the death grip I have on that sign? at least I'm not holding onto it with both hands right now!)

Is that the marshes bordering the Gulf of Mexico?

Does it look beautiful?

Of course it does but the amazing part of it is that I climbed up a tower to see it all.

And if you don't find that amazing, ask my hubby or any of my 'kids' for their opinion.

I am deathly afraid of heights and this is the bravest thing I have done in a long time. And this is the closest I can get to the rail! hahahaha!!!

My Mother's day challenge! Climb a tower and enjoy the view!

Hubby helped me! And we watched an Eagle soar overhead!

We were at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown, Florida for this adventure. 

I hope your weekend was special too! Get out in nature and enjoy life!

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Tortoise and the Hare

I've admitted to talking baby talk to the animals we meet in the forest. Now I'm naming them.

Meet Little Sooty

Isn't he tiny?

We drove over to the 49th Ave Trailhead of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway to check on the control burn/prescribed fire. They had burned a section just a few days before but it wasn't blowing smoke or even smelling bad, so we took a hike. 

Control burns are important in this part of Florida where we have forests. They reduce the risk of uncontrolled wildfires, and enhance the beauty of the land. They are also beneficial for the wildlife. I'll include the link HERE to learn more about them. 

The reason we called this little Gopher Tortoise, Sooty because he did have traces of soot on his underside.

He had clearly walked through the burned area.

Hubby picked him up and put him into the unburned side of the forest and away from big hiking boots and bikes riding by.

He didn't waste any time taking off in a tortoise RUN! 

RUN Sooty RUN! 

We also saw a big Cottontail Rabbit on the trail ahead of us.

He even had a snack while we waited!

We have time and plenty of film in the camera! lol

He watched us for awhile. 

Finally a bike came by and he scurried across.

On the side trail (limerock road) we saw this beautiful Brown Thrasher.

He made a series of calls that reminded us of a Mockingbird!

I'll show pics of the forest in a couple of weeks to show you how soon the forest recovers here in Florida. It will be green before we even get back over there!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the special mothers this weekend!

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Monday, May 2, 2022

My Happy Place UPDATED at the end

We found a new bench on one of our hiking trails. It's up on a plateau where some bike trails intersect so I'm sure it was put there for the mountain bikers. I hope they don't mind if I sit there and ponder from time to time.

I have to say I have lots of happy places to hang out. There are benches and picnic tables all along the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. But to tell the truth, I rarely sit down. 

We found this new bench on a hike a few days ago and then I went back up there to sit and observe. I told myself I would sit there for 15 minutes but I didn't quite make it. I would rather be walking around, seeing what's around the bend.

Bike Trail Signs....and NO we don't walk on the bike trails!!!

We have the most beautiful Phlox growing along the highways right now and I parked next to a patch.

Lots of butterflies and bees!

I hope you can find your happy place. Even if you can't get out and walk, sometimes a drive in the country or a visit to a lake or river can give you a nature boost. It's important for our mental health. And you just never know what you'll see!

What do you think this is?

I've shown one before so many of you will remember what it is. They are hard to see on the ground among the leaves. 

I brought it home to photograph it with my roses.

It might be a tiny hummingbird nest! 

UPDATE...I had my doubts and they were confirmed by two of my favorite Florida blogs. Pamela sent me a link (in the comments) and Wally sent me this link in an email. It is NOT a hummingbird nest. It looks very much like one we found a few years ago. But it is the cocoon of the polyphemus moth. Thanks for all of your sweet comments and for the help in a proper ID. I'm still learning!

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