Monday, July 22, 2019

Summer Fun in Florida

Time for another 'lalalalala' post about the beautiful weather in Florida and how I enjoy it.

We've had just enough rain to keep things nice and green. We need to drive a short distance on this dirt road so it's better when it's not dusty!

And even when it's hot, there are places close by to see birds and wildlife without hiking.

This is the Pruitt trailhead of the Florida Trails and on a Saturday afternoon, there was no one there. 

So I was able to park here and there, get out and look all around. (this is the 'lalalala' part of the experience)

I'm a dreamer so I usually look up in the clouds first!

 Love that airplane high in the sky flying through the fluffy clouds.
I'll try to make a list of what I saw when I do my critters post on Saturday. It was a 'big day' with some neat sightings!

I know it's a hot week for many of us! What do you do when the weather's hot?

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Big Buck and Big Bird!

We've had a chance to take a few hikes lately which is always surprising for July! But if we have a rain shower late in the afternoon, the next morning is usually 'tolerable'! So we get up a little earlier and head out! It's usually mid 70s at the start and mid 80s when we finish...which is really HOT! It's very nice when you get home and take a quick shower and sit down with a snack to look at the photos. We have an adapter that connects our cameras to the TV for viewing on the 'big screen'.

We'll start with the Big Buck!

My husband was about 2 steps ahead of me when he froze and pointed into the brush along the trail. 

We took a few photos through the leaves....

 and then we walked a few steps to get a better vantage point.

He was not spooked. The deer here are used to seeing bikes ride by and a few hikers and of course there is no hunting allowed in this area.

He continued to graze, eating leaves and plants as he walked!

What a beauty! And 10 points!!!

 And to include a Big Bird, I'll share photos of 2 Sandhill Cranes we saw at the Pruitt Trailhead of the Florida Trails. 

They were in a shady area and hard to photograph.

 But they sure are beautiful birds!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  

  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Florida Fun on the Farm!

There are a lot of fun things to do in Florida but most of you know that I consider getting out in nature the MOST fun! 

When I volunteer at the Legacy Hospice house on Monday afternoons, I can turn right out of the parking lot and drive a half mile to a beautiful farm. I've seen horses, cows, goats, wild turkeys and hawks in the trees. 

So one day I took a neat photo with big beautiful clouds in the sky.

But then the very next week, there were some pretty cows in the field.

So I played with a photo and put them together. Don't ask me how I did it. I'm still not sure! hahaha! But I used Photoscape and I'm still learning what's possible with this photo editing program.

Lots of beauty at the farm. (and yes, I could stop on this rural road and take pics without any problem!)

 Do you enjoy working on your photos? 
What photo editing program do you use?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays .


Monday, July 15, 2019

The Gulf Fritillary and Frogfruit!

Did you ever do a post that took on a life of it's own? This one has taken me forever to put together because I keep getting deeper into identification and interesting facts!

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

We went to the Pruitt Trailhead again on Sunday and saw lots of beautiful butterflies and because of the rain showers we had a few days ago, the wildflowers are blooming like crazy again!

 It was very enjoyable and I learned the names of a few more wildflowers. This flower is teeny tiny and abundant!


 (also known by turkey tangle fogfruit and capeweed) 

Hubby and I both got some amazing close ups.

 Which led me to spend time looking up the terms for the anatomy of a butterfly!

 Always something new to learn!

 I found this diagram online.

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Blue Grosbeak and the Crazy Heron!

I stopped by the Pruitt Trailhead of the Florida trails for just a quick 'look see'! It was early afternoon and already in the 90s so I didn't plan to hike. But I had my camera to walk around and look.

While I was watching a Heron fly into a tree, something BLUE streaked by in front of me at eye level. He was bright blue and stopped nearby to perch on the fence, but just long enough for one decent photo. We have so many Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays and Scrub Jays here that a bright blue bird is not rare.

But this one WAS rare! We don't see any kind of Grosbeak here and this one is a 

Blue Grosbeak! 

I was THRILLED to see a bird I've never seen before! Look at his big silver beak! Amazing!

Oh and back to the bird I was watching fly into a tree! 

You tell me! heehee!

I know it's a Heron and I've gone back and forth as to which one.

I think I've settled on the ID but I'll consider all your input!

What do you think? 

And is he a fluffy juvenile?

 Planning to take on this dragonfly?

Whatever he is....he is the cutest sighting! (well except for that Blue Grosbeak!!!)

Hope you can get outside and look around and see what nature reveals to you!

 I was headed to the shade of those Live Oak trees for these photos!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  

  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thrift Store Sharing

I am still decluttering and trying to donate more than I buy but I needed a diversion this week! So I went to the old thrift store, Divine Providence. Some people call it the nickle store because all of the clothing there costs a nickle! ALL of the prices are super low so you have to be careful not to bring too much home when you visit! lol

I was happy to find some things to share with others though! The Legacy Hospice house has a beautiful family room filled with toys, books, videos and comfortable chairs to relax in. I found the cutest little house filled with art supplies to take. It has little drawers with crayons and colored pencils. (I took out the markers for obvious reasons and will buy a new pack of crayons to fill that drawer) It was 25 cents!!! Can you believe that!!!

I also found some stuffed animals to take to a lady in another facility that I visit. She'll love the soft pink bunny.

I think I'll keep the coloring book. (cost a dime) I am still learning about colors and could use some of these tips. I'm doing some art every day and would love to encourage you to do that too. There are so many great benefits to being artistic and creative.

Oh, but if you still need things to entertain you this summer....

 you can always watch the water drip from your faucet!

hahahaha  Do you see that BIG BUBBLE?
(we filter our water, I was filling a water pitcher)

And yes I see that my Kitchen Lemon is half full! 

What's new at your house? 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

July 'heated' Hikes

We managed to hike twice over the weekend! It was hot but not unbearable and I 'needed' to get outside! I wanted to go deep into the woods and breathe the air and mingle with nature!

There are all kinds of wildflowers blooming right now because of the little pop up showers we've had.

I know I need to learn the names of them all! I even bought a new Florida Wildflower Book so there's HOPE! 

Butterfly weed

Look at what hubby captured in this lavender flower.

He's tiny but look at all the details!

 Did you have a fun weekend? We can still hear fireworks going off in the evenings before we go to bed! (maybe they are on sale now! lol)

 I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sing me a little Song!

All day long!

This Rufous-sided Towhee was singing his little heart out when I saw him on my last hike on the Florida Trails. 

This bird usually stays on the ground, under the thick brush which makes it impossible to get any photos!

But on this particular morning, he was on a branch singing for all he was worth! 

I have 2 short videos to share.

I hope you have a chance to listen to them. It might help you identify one when you take a walk!

And I'm joining the Dreaming Zebra Foundation this month to celebrate World Watercolor Month.

This is one of the first bird watercolors I did.

Tufted-titmouse (April '19)

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  

  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.