Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Prettiest Ducks in the Pond

We saw a lot of beautiful birds at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala but only one exactly like this!


I’m not even sure what it is but it was BIG….as big as a goose and we only managed 2 photos. What do you think? Maybe a hybrid?


And not to be outdone by the city ducks…


the Hybrid Mallards at our neighborhood pond posed in a bed of white clover.


Our wildflowers are blooming like crazy but I was still surprised to see the clover in full bloom this early.


They get the prize for most beautiful setting!


Have a blessed weekend!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Outdoor Sculptures at Tuscawilla Park

One of the reasons my sweet hubby planned a Sunday afternoon trip to Tuscawilla Park was the outdoor sculpture displays they have right now.


And we were not disappointed!


They were all amazing!


A perfect Spring day to walk and enjoy one of the nicest parks in Ocala.


We both found one of the painted rocks that are hidden throughout the park too.


We put them back though so that someone else can find them.


Have you been to a city park near you lately?


It’s FUN!  Sun

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tuscawilla Park

We love this park but haven’t been in awhile.


We thought of you when we were there, Eileen! (she visited this park when she was in Florida)


It was surprising to see lots of different birds….


not the usual birds we’ve seen in the past.


We even saw a Belted Kingfisher fly by and land in a tree across the way.


It’s nice that hubby has a good zoom on his camera!


Don’t you LOVE these Seagulls?


Lots of posing…


and flying!


And even a photo bombing when hubby was trying to photograph a Great Blue Heron. A Gull flew by just as he clicked!


We both had our cameras clicking!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

A Walk to the Pond at Sunset

We haven’t walked to the pond with our camera lately. And now that the sun is setting later, I can go after dinner. The light was really too low for good photos but that didn’t stop me from taking a few! lol


It’s a small pond surrounded by the gold course, with a few houses on the other side of the pond.


I saw the Canada Geese fly in while I was walking and they landed as far away from me as they could get!


Lots of Ring-Necked Ducks on the pond..


and other ducks. (that will remain nameless)


I loved this duck across the way. (I think it’s a hybrid Mallard)


Beauty in every direction and an amazing sunset!


A perfect evening to hike in shorts and a tee shirt!

It’s Florida!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Critters Two by Two!

It’s amazing to see critters together….as in mating!


I was all set to take a photo of a Limpkin when another one flew in.


How embarrassing….look the other way!

And when we got home and looked at our photos of this Alligator….


low and behold, there were TWO! One on top of the other…oh my…let’s not zoom in on them!


We see LOTS of turtles and tortoises when we hike at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon.


Imagine our surprise to see this itsy bitsy baby right on the trail. Another hiker picked it up and let me take photos.


A pretty pair of wood ducks.

Lots of critters pairing up right now.

It’s Spring!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Rabbit Paper Dolls and Beatrix Potter Books!

Don’t you love bringing out your favorite Spring things to decorate your home.

I’m not changing things out nearly as much as I used to….


keeping things simple and less cluttered.

But oh how I love my favorite things.


(most everything is vintage from the thrift store, the cloth bunny is by Bet’s dolls, I MISS her Etsy shop!)

I bought this little set of Beatrix Potter books….


all of them for a nickel this week!

What a FUN find!


And the rabbit paper dolls are actually wooden, made by my good friend Pat in Colorado. She’s always so sweet to give me a set when she makes them, usually for my birthday. I treasure them!


Have you put out a few pretty Spring bunnies to enjoy?

Happy Spring!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Eagles at the pond!

I went to the Farmer’s market on Thursday morning and for us Floridians….it was COLD! The wind was blowing and it was in the 50s! lol So I bought my organic veggies and fresh bagels from the bakery and headed straight home! Well….I may need a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for birds!” lol


Because when I drove by the library pond, I saw a HUGE bird swooping down to the pond. I parked and got out and didn’t even notice how cold and windy it was! WHY you ask?


There were 6 large birds. I know 2 were Eagles and 1 was an Osprey. Not sure about what the others were.


They were flying at each other.


Soaring high overhead.


Well, except for the one fishing at the pond! lol


I got the best pics of him.


I think he’s a Juvenile…maybe a third year.


It was EXCITING! Oh and it warmed up into the 60s during the day which is still cooler than it has been lately but very very nice!


I’ll end with a beautiful American Kestrel that I saw on my last hike on the Florida trails. (hike #16)


Isn’t he a beauty?!!!

Have you seen anything exciting this week?

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