Sandhill crane twins

I stumbled on to this sandhill crane family walking down the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in early March. The parents were teaching the babies how to look for bugs and eat them. A few people were standing by but the parents did not seem to mind. As long as you didn’t get too close they just went on their way.  I sat down on the trail to get the pictures and several times I had to get up and move back since they were walking right towards me. It looks like lunch was mostly dragonflies.

The 2 above were taken with my cell phone. They were too close to get with my camera and if I tried to move back any farther I would end up in the swamp.  They strutted down the trail for while before heading back out into the marsh.

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Road trip to south Florida

A few sites from our trip to Hallandale Beach.

The beach had tall buildings as far as you could see.

This big statue was at the Gulfstream horse race track in Hallandale. I made Brett pull over so I could jump out and take a picture. It must be a new statue. The park around it had not opened yet.

Brett and I spent a long weekend in south Florida recently hanging out with his relatives. Hallandale Beach is in between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale so you get the best of both worlds. We spend 2 days running from the north end of Ft. Lauderdale to the south end of Miami. Tons more pictures to come.

SkyWatch Friday

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Quality parenting from a tiger.

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More cute action shots of the baby tiger at Lowry Park Zoo. The morning I was there in early February the weather was cool.  Both Mom and baby were running around playing and chasing each other. I spent at least an hour watching them play before walking around the rest of the zoo. You have to get there early to see the action. They are napping by lunch time.

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Chesnut Park in late February.

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Sleepy barred owl high up in a tree.

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A few usuals – black and white warbler, grackle and a cardinal.

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A pileated woodpecker taken right into the sun.

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A great blue heron flying close over my head.

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I saw this hawk eating something that looked like a really big beetle.

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The water near the dock is full of these.

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A few of my friends came by to say “Hi” while I was at Chesnut Park in late February.

Our World Tuesday Graphicimage-in-ing

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We Bought A Zoo!!!

Just kidding, April Fools!! Just another visit to Horsepower for Kids.

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A Saturday morning hanging out at the horse farm/petting zoo/animal sanctuary.

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A girl and her horse.

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A travel back in time


I barely remember going to eat dinner with my family at the Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater when I was little. It was one of my grand parent’s favorite places to eat so when we came to visit we would eat here. The last time we ate here was probably in the mid 70’s though the restaurant didn’t close until the early 90’s. I remember the gardens in the back being so pretty. The building and gardens are still there but the main building that use to be the restaurant is now a Sam Ash Music Store. The back building where the grand ballroom was is a wedding and event venue. When my sisters were in town during Christmas, we stopped in to see if much had changed.  The place looked exactly like it did 40-50 years ago.

The grand ballroom looked exactly the same. It would be pretty to have a wedding reception here.

The tiny details inside were still there.

It was fun going back in time to see a place I remember going to with my grandparents.

You can see some original pictures and postcards here of the restaurant.

More on the history from the Kapok Tree Inn Special Events page. 

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Hanging out with some fowl.

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Lots of pretty colors at the pond at Horsepower For Kids.

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Fighting over the ladies. It’s a good thing they can swim or else they would drown.

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Trail full of birds

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There were a few tiny birds at Honeymoon Island Park at the end of January. Tons of yellow rumped warblers and the last one is an eastern towhee.

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The parking lot was full of yellow rumped warblers. They thought the cars were something to play on.

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A very young bald eagle flew by as I headed out on the trail.

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I always see kestrels in the winter here.

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The trail was full of osprey. They were eating, preening and doing a few other things. That last one I took directly in the sun but it was too funny not to post.

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I found a headless osprey in a tree.

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Oh wait, he was just turned around.

All of the usuals at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Our World Tuesday Graphicimage-in-ing

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More assorted fun at the zoo

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Pretty birds in the aviaries.

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Cutest family at the zoo.

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This gives a whole new meaning to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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The resident injured eagle had climbed the tree and was hanging out on a low branch right over the walkway. He was observing everyone walking by.

All at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

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Two legs and Four legs

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Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron.

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A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting).

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The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the eggs to hatch (since this visit in early February a baby has hatched. Pictures to come later.)

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It that a “I’m choking” signal or just a big yawn?

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Hawk hanging out.

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A Carolina wren singing the blues.

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Lots of glossy ibis.

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This is the year of the turtles at this park.

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And alligators too. They are getting a lot of press right now. Who knew there were alligators in central Florida???!!

All at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

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