I saw this little froggie hopping around near the boardwalk. I rarely see them at all in the parks much less see them hop. They usually hide pretty well.
Then I realized it was because this guy was heading towards him. The froggie got away!
Spiders are all along the boardwalk.
A downy woodpecker.
Cute blue gray gnatcatcher.
A young limpkin looking for a snack in a pile of old empty snails.
A few things at Lettuce Lake Park at the end of September.
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All of the above were taken at Lighthouse Beach at the end of Sanibel Island. There’s a small beach that wraps around the lighthouse and it was full of large jellyfish that were stranded on shore. We had heard there a lot of them in the water in the area but we did not see any at the beach or in the water at our hotel. You could not go up in the lighthouse but could walk around the grounds.
Sanibel Island has a reputation for having a lot of shells on the beach. People come to visit to go shell hunting. We must have been there during a down time because all of the beach looked like the above. Mostly small broken shells. I guess all of the good ones get taken during the summer or you have to be there very early in the morning right after a storm. I did manage to find a few small ones though. The sanderlings and black bellied plovers spent a lot of time digging through the shells for tiny critters to eat.
The willet wants to know who left their shoes on the beach. I told him they weren’t mine. I don’t think he believed me.
All of the above were taken from my beach chair.
Random things on the trail at Fort Desoto park.
I saw the shadow of a hummingbird and waited a while before he moved over to the firebush and started feeding.
The usual ships passing by the beach.
On vacation in Sanibel Island. On our first night I walked out of our room and walked the 20 feet to the beach. The above was the view.
One day before lunch, we were watching a storm roll in. This was the only rain we saw during our 5 day stay, way off in the gulf.
Moon going down one morning.
An early walk on the beach produced the above.
On our last night, we had dinner at a restaurant near a marina and watched the sun go down. It was a beautiful drive back to our hotel.
We did a staycation in late September and drove 2 hours south of Tampa and stayed right on the beach in Sanibel Island. Tourist season was over and it was very calm and quiet. It was nice just to relax and hang out on the beach for several days. I took tons of pictures (I can only relax so much) so I’ll be boring you with my “What I did on my summer vacation” pictures coming up. I did bring my Nikon camera and several lenses but all of the above were taken with my Iphone.
A sanderling in the sea grass at low tide.
Black bellied plovers at different stages of molting. The one in the top picture has more black feathers and is still in his summer colors. The bottom one has lost most of his black feathers. He’ll be mostly white through the winter. The middle one was chewing on something yummy.
The ruddy turnstone also had something yummy to eat. The ruddy in the bottom picture still has his summer feathers.
It was strange seeing the osprey in the water with the laughing gulls. I caught him as he was finishing taking a bath. After a few minutes he took off.
A dowitcher walking the shore line.
Birds on the beach and fishing pier at Fort Desoto in late September.
The little titmouse are so cute. They are very curious.
The titmouse was watching the yellow throated warbler going by.
A very young red bellied woodpecker. He hasn’t got his red feathers on his head yet.
A lady cardinal with a snack.
Camouflage at it’s best. There’s a little green heron in the middle of the picture. You can barely see him hiding in the reeds near the water.
A late moorhen family hanging around the dock.
A shadow hanging upside down.
A few birds at Chesnut Park in mid-September.
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I took a walk on the walking bridge across Tampa Bay recently on a Sunday night. I was traveling light and only took my phone so all of these are phone shots.
Occasionally you see some critters swimming by. I think this is a cow nose sting ray. They are pretty common in the bay.
A storm was moving into downtown Tampa but behind me the sun was still out.
A brief glimpse of the sun before the clouds moved in.
Then it got bad so I snapped the above and headed back to my car right before it started pouring. This was pretty far away and the picture is cropped up. I would not want to be out on that bridge if the lightning was any closer.