Thursday, September 9 2021

Eyes Open

What deer?.jpg, Sep 2021

Sometimes we get so involved in taking photos we forget to take some time without looking through the camera lens and look around to see what's around us.

Monday, September 6 2021

Thinking is Hard

Ricky Gervais

Bridge

Taken it the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Saturday, September 4 2021

DeSantis - Liberties and Freedoms

Apparently, DeSantis believes wearing a mask infringes on our liberties and freedoms while being perfectly fine with other safety laws.

Friday, September 3 2021

Lobster Claw Plant

There are numerous species of the Lobster Claw Plant that are native to the tropical regions of Central and South America that can grow well in North America, in areas where the climate conditions are warm and humid such as Florida. They are easy to grow and are low maintenance.

Thursday, September 2 2021

Naples, Florida Rainy Season

We all know that Florida is a popular place to retire and a popular search topic. One question that appears frequently is about the rainy season. This photo is representative of the frequent, predictable, torrential downpours.

Pubic Schools

Apparently, spelling isn't among the 15 best things.

Sunday, August 15 2021

Swamp Eel

This is a photo I took but wasn't sure what it was when I took it. Once loaded to my computer and enlarged I still didn't. I sent a copy to the FWC and was told it's a Swamp Eel, a creature I didn't know existed.

Saturday, August 14 2021

Juvenile Tricolored Heron

Juvenile Tricolored Herons plumage changes in color rather dramatically from the juvenile stage, when they are mostly brown with blue accents as seen here.

Friday, August 13 2021

Choices

Now that we have gone backward in stopping Covid-19 it's a good time to re-evaluate your decision about wearing a mask.

Which do you prefer?

Wednesday, August 11 2021

DeSantis

I'm not — I didn't ask, I don't know. I did not know about that. I have not heard about that, so I'd have to check to see whether that's true or not. I would honestly doubt that that's true, but I'll look. We have a lot of stuff that we stockpiled over the last year-and a half through the department of emergency management. I have not had any requests across my desk. I haven't been notified of that.

Reporting from Fort Lauderdale, CNN's Amara Walker said: "Despite what Gov. Ron DeSantis says, we know from a health administration official that 200 ventilators were sent to Florida earlier this week from the Strategic National Stockpile.

Tuesday, August 10 2021

Vaccination

Vaccination is not a "deeply personal decision." It is a routine public health requirement is a civilized society.

Bill Krystal

Monday, August 9 2021

Recommended Places for Photography

This is a list of locations I recommend for bird photography that I'll list by Florida counties. I'm only including locations I have visited, not an extensive list covering all of Florida. I'll be catching up on these locations as I have time.


Palm Beach County 

You have two locations that almost make getting a photo of a wide selection of birds too easy. Both are more than well-worth visiting and you're pretty much assured of getting some great photos. 

Wakodahatchee Wetlands is 50 acres of previous wastewater utility property, the created wetlands are free and open to the public. Wakodahatchee features a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting.

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands is the county's newest nature center that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat.


St. Johns County

St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a Zoological Park that began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts.

We decided to stop in and pass some time and were astounded at the number  and variety of birds nesting above the alligators. 


Monroe County

Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary serves as a humane, natural refuge for over 90 non-releasable birds, representing almost 40 different species. Every bird that is housed on our property passed through our Mission Wild Bird Hospital as a patient and was deemed non-releasable by our certified Wildlife Rehabilitators and our Volunteer Vet. This means that the birds unfortunately suffered injuries that prevent them from performing their natural behaviors such as flying, perching, feeding, and walking. However, our Sanctuary offers them the chance to live out the remainder of their lives in enclosures filled with natural perching, enriching activities, and appropriate diet.


Lee County

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger complex that encompasses the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of the lands in these refuges are nesting and roosting islands. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres.  



Collier County

Shark Valley Two of the estuaries supplied by The Everglades River are the Shark River and Little Shark River whose brackish waters provide wonderful feeding and nursing habitats for several species of sharks, including bull sharks, which are the top of the food chain, as well as blacktip sharks and lemon sharks. You won’t see any mountains framing the Shark Valley, but we are technically in a valley because the coastal ridges of South Florida are higher than the interior of this part of the state. The western coastal ridge is about 14-17 feet above sea level. The Atlantic ridge is 15-20 feet above sea level, and the Shark Valley Visitor Center area is about 7 feet above sea level, which puts us in the valley between the two ridges. And that’s why we’re called Shark Valley.

Big Cypress National Preserve There are two places in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

   ·   Turner River/Upper Wagonwheel/Birdon Road - Description coming soon...

   ·   Loop Road- Description coming soon..

Sunday, August 8 2021

The Radical Left

I've been hearing that "the left" is radical like they're running around carrying assault rifles, denying science, and discussing not accepting the results of a legitimate election. How sad it must be to believe that scientists, economists, historians, and journalists have devoted their entire lives to deceiving you, while a narcissistic former reality TV star with decades of fraud and exhaustively documented lying is your only beacon of truth and honesty.

Saturday, August 7 2021

Infant Car Seat

Born around the 1950s? This was what we rode in...

Winston Churchill

When you're 20, you care what everybody thinks.

When you're 40, you stop caring what everybody thinks.

When you're 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.

Friday, August 6 2021

Gulf of Mexico Clouds

Catholic School Girls

Wednesday, August 4 2021

Reddish Egret w/Tracking Device

Here's a Reddish Egret with a tracking device attached to its back taken at Ding Darling Refuge.

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