Friday, May 26, 2023

The Gulf Coast, Postcard Perfect!

When you walk the Withlacoochee Bay Trail to the Gulf Coast, you are constantly looking around.

The views are amazing!

Northern Cardinal

There are birds everywhere!

Gulf Fritillary

And butterflies?

Wildflowers and butterflies are in abundance.

This Gulf Fritillary made us stand on our heads for a good shot!

The one bird we were surprised to see was this Northern Harrier.

They are more commonly seen over the preserve and along the greenway.

But this one soared over the water.

The Queen butterfly stayed on the flowers long enough for us to get some neat photos.

It's not often that ALL most of my butterfly photos are in focus! lol

I've seen butterflies everywhere this week and even some hummingbirds!

We didn't see any Manatee this trip, but we'll be back!

Has it been a good week for you too?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.  

  Mosaic Monday HERE and I like Thursdays HERE !  


Tom said...

...this looks picture postcard perfect to me. Enjoy your weekend, Diane.

Vee said...

Gorgeous photos! I am learning things here as I was able to identify some creatures from their photos without reading. It must be that you continue to tell us what you are seeing. That's a good thing.

Jenn Jilks said...

Butterflies are so tricky! Well done...

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Love the photos, butterflies are always smile makers
None are showing up here yet in my Vermont backyard. White moths flutter around though.

MadSnapper said...

the no seeums are abundant here, i saw an article in the news about midges and swarms of them in Florida. Hope they were not out there. we have the swarms at daybreak and dusk in our back yard. no photos ha ha... but we did have rain and one duck came back..

Irma said...

What a wonderful series of photos.
I think the Northern cardinal is really beautiful, this is a species that you can only see here in the zoo.
The butterflies are also very beautiful.
Greetings Irma

Haddock said...

.... and a Cardinal is making a nest here.

happyone said...

Beautiful place for walking and it was delightful to see all your beautiful photos.
I've been seeing quite a lot of butterflies around my house!!

Lorrie said...

What wonderful butterfly images you've captured! Thanks for sharing the beauty in your world.

Cloudia said...

These are skillful shots! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

You always get the best photos. Especially love the butterflies. I have seen some large swallowtail butterflies flitting about, but not close enough (or still long enough) for me to get any photos. But I enjoy seeing them gaily going about their business throughout the day. And of course the birds are always a welcome sight. Thank you for sharing the beauty where you are. It brightens our days.

roentare said...

Love these butterflies

Terri D said...

Amazing photos! I need to put this on my list of day-trips for when I can retire again! Thanks for taking us along! xo

Linda said...

I've seen SO many butterflies here at our camper/cabin this last two weeks! They love my wildflowers as do the bees!

Kathy said...

Beautiful shots! I love butterflies.

Ann said...

Wow, it's beautiful there. That first photo is an awesome view. You sure saw a lot of nice things.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The butterflies alone would make it worthwhile. And they are probably not even banned in the books yet!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,
The views are beautiful, great captures and bird sightings. I love the Northern Harrier. The butterflies are all beautiful, wonderful captures.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend.

Jeanie said...

You had some wonderful sightings but that butterfly -- wow. (I know what you mean about butterfly photos and focus! They're tough to pull off!)

Lea said...

Great photos!
Love the butterflies!
Have a blessed day!

Debbie said...

really awesome flight images of the northern harrier, we have them here but i have never seen one. lot's of beautiful butterflies...i have been releasing those that overwintered with me and planted lots of dill for this upcoming season!!

that may be the brightest cardinal i have ever seen!!

i have had a great week, hoping to get to the alpaca farm today. today, i shared pictures of some gorgeous fox pups i saw this week. it was all very exciting!!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane :=)
Beautiful scenery and your photos of those gorgeous butterflies are really fab. Sadly I haven't seen many in these parts. Great sighting and photos of the Northern Harrier.
All the best.

BeachGypsy said...

LOTS of butterflies birds and pretty wildflowers there! Love all the pictures. ITS ACTUALLY CHILLY HERE yesterday and today!!---- enjoying that so much!! Lots of rain-- our gardens soaking it up! Happy Memorial Day weekend! Do yall grill out?

RedPat said...

Great shots especially those of the butterflies. It has been rather cool here so the butterflies have not been out & about too much yet.

Danice G said...

Nature is so amazing, and beautifully shown in your photography. Your new header image is so vibrant and colorful.

carol l mckenna said...

Your nature photography is fantastic and what a beautiful place to live ~ enjoy ` Xo

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A ShutterBug Explores,
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