Monday, September 16, 2019

Anticipating Fall

We don't have much of a Fall season here in Florida. But when the humidity drops some and the winds pick up, it feels more like Fall is in the air.

I managed 3 hikes this past week which brings me up to 102 for the year! These photos were all taken on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway!

And the forest has never looked more beautiful. 

We have so many wildflowers blooming and grasses turning colors. 

And something else we look forward to at this time of year is migrating birds. We never know what unique bird will appear on a hike. The year has been great for butterflies and dragonflies too.

 Have you seen signs of Fall where you live?

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, September 14, 2019

I stop for Bobwhites!

We know they are here. Their bobwhite call is unmistakable. But we don't get to see them very often! Northern Bobwhites!

 "Walk this way." Quote from the movie, Young Frankenstein

I was walking around at the Pruitt Trailhead of Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and I saw something on the trail ahead. These are just perfect for 'captions' so here goes.....

OK little one, be brave and let's cross the super highway together!

We'll look this way....and all I see is a big frozen statue with a pink cap.

Nothing that way!

Run Run as you can!!!

No time to dawdle now!!!

We're halfway there! Don't slow down!

WHEW! We DID it!!!

That sure was a treat to see these two beauties! 

 I also saw these two beautiful Sandhill Cranes while I was there.

 It's easy to spot them, even when they have their heads down! haha! (they look like 2 big lumps or a misshapen rock)

Have you seen anything 'out of the ordinary' this week?

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     and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Books and Butterflies!

I think I'm seeing butterflies in my sleep! I've seen so many real butterflies lately and then I spent some time making cards for the hospice patients that I visit each week.

I'm still using the pretty butterflies that my blog buddy Ann sent me. 

And I wanted to share a butterfly card my son, D sent me awhile back. It's opened in the photo above. The other card is from my youngest son, D. I love having pretty things around me when I create, don't you?

I've discovered a 'new to me' author that writes amazing books!

The first one I read was Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center and I gave it 5 stars on goodreads. That's the very highest rating and I give it to only my very favorite books.

I read How to Walk Away by Katherine Center too and gave it 4 stars. Both books are worth putting on your 'to read' list!

I finally got to check out the latest Louise Penny book, A Better Man. I've been on the waiting list to get it from my library and now I have it in my greedy little hands! Oh, I CAN NOT wait to read it. This is one of my VERY favorite series and I know it is for many of you. I think Armand Gamache is REAL and don't anyone tell me he's not!

Have you read something good this week that you think I might enjoy? 

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Katherine's Thursday Favorite things HERE.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Wildflowers and Butterflies!

We've had a very hot summer but enough rain to make the wildflowers prolific in the forest!

And with wildflowers, come butterflies!

I think this is the prettiest Long-tailed Skipper I've ever seen!

 They are not that big but have such an unusual color!

The yellow flowers in this mosaic are Showy Rattlebox (Crotalaria spectabilis).

This is a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.

The flower he was on is the Blazing Star. 

The white flower in the mosaic is Dotted Horsemint. Can you see how the stem of the flower goes through the center of each bloom?

This pretty little lavender flower is a Blue Pea and they have been blooming all summer. 

 I won't try to id everything in this mosaic (I'm still learning!) but the solid black butterfly sure was gorgeous!

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Prothonotary Warbler or Pine Warbler

That's a mighty big name for this little bird! I hiked on the Florida Trails a few days ago and heard a bird song I didn't recognize. And when I looked up in the tree, I saw this beautiful yellow Warbler.

Prothonotary Warbler or Pine Warbler?

It was fun to see this one for the first time. Here's the info about how it got it's name, "The name "Prothonotary" originally referred to a group of official scribes in the Catholic Church who wore bright yellow hoods."  From the Audubon website HERE!

And I also saw a Red-headed Woodpecker with a brown head!

That threw me for awhile!

Until I came home and looked in the ID book and found out it's a Juvenile.

He sure was pretty!

Lots of neat sightings this week but I'll save some for later!

Have you had a good week? We are glad to get back to normal here in Florida after having Hurricane Dorian pass through! No damage in our area but still a lot to do to get things back in order! (I'm not complaining though! My prayers are still for all those affected by this monster storm!)

Update: After spending time with ALL of our ID books, my hubby and I think that David G. is right and this is a Pine Warbler. Well, it sure is a beautiful bird no matter what you call it and I loved seeing it in the woods. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments and for helping with IDs!

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  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thankful Thursday, Surviving a hurricane

Hurricane Dorian is still going up the Eastern Coast of the US but we have not had heavy rain or high winds here in North Central Florida, thankfully. 

Because it moved so slowly we worked every day getting ready so we've been in a big mess to get things back in order. But I won't complain. The devastation in the Bahamas is heartbreaking. We are keeping everyone in our prayers that has been affected by the storm. And it's still out there so we'll keep praying.

I managed to get a couple of hikes in this week. I had a lot of nervous energy so I was happy to get out on the trails. 

 I've never seen so many jumbo jets in the sky, all flying North.

 And the cloud formations were just gorgeous all week.

 I'm getting my house back in order but it's been nice to have all of the food we prepared ahead of time. I may be on to something. Cook everything you need for lunches and dinners for a week. Then pull out what you want, heat it in the microwave for an easy meal! Oh....that's not possible? Our microwave wouldn't come on one morning but hubby went to Walmart and got a small counter top model. It works like a dream! Hot dogs anyone? Hamburgers? Grilled chicken? Potato salad and coleslaw? Get in line!!!

 I'm very thankful for all of your prayers!

(and for inexpensive microwaves)

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Short and Sweet...I hope!

I am getting a post ready for Monday while we prepare for Hurricane Dorian. I've bought last minute groceries and will be cooking some meals ahead of time and of course we are freezing water bottles. Our generator is handy and both of our vehicles are filled with gas. Hubby has to get the garage in order so that we can pull both cars in and I'm working in the lanai, making sure things are off the floor and magazines and books are in the library. Our lanai has windows on 3 sides so it is more exposed to the wind and rain. Of course we are watching the weather channel and securing things outside too. Please pray that the storm diminishes before it gets to Florida. Thanks!

A week ago we drove over to Blue Run Park and got a hike in. It was fun to see some of our friends that walk there 

 And I even saw these beautiful English Bulldogs that I met on the Florida Trails awhile back.

Meet Noel and Annabel!

Hope your week is good. Please keep us in your prayers.

 I hope..... I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE .