You can always find a carolina wren at the nature center.
Little critters buzzing around the flowers near the feeders at the nature center.
A bunny hops by.
I made a new friend sitting on the boardwalk waiting for the hummingbirds to show up.
A few four-legged critters walked by with their two-legged critters.
Some type of moth cocoon.
You see lots of interesting things waiting around for a hummingbird to show up. The firebushes around the nature center at Lettuce Lake Park usually has them buzzing around this time of year. After an hour, I had only seen 2 of them quickly going by and I only got blurry pictures. It was just too hot in August to sit around any longer so I went home for lunch.
This squirrel showed up with a big piece of bread. I don’t know whether someone gave it to him or he stole it. He carried it to the top of the palm tree, sniffed it a few times and left it there after one bite. I guess he knows what’s bad for him.
I found this weird yellow fungus growing on a cypress tree knee.
Into the sun.
Tiny gators under the boardwalk.
Cute dog staring at me.
Pretty but still creepy.
Looking up from the boardwalk, the trees are all covered in moss.
Looking down at the boardwalk with the sun coming through the trees.
A few things on my walk around Chesnut Park in December.
Bright colors were everywhere at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in late May. Trees and bushes were blooming and since there were very few birds, I started taking pictures of the flowers. These were my favorites. The gardens are next door to the Pinellas county animal services. I have seen volunteers walking the dogs through the gardens on Saturday mornings. I’ve seen one man several times who spends time with the dogs, getting them ready for adoption. This one below was looking for a good home.
The laughing gulls were pairing up. Chasing each other and fighting over the ladies.
Young herring gull with a snack.
Blurry picture of a barn swallow. These guys rarely sit still. I saw him from across the lagoon.
The dolphins were active this Saturday morning.
Heading towards the pier.
One of the bird steward volunteers at the park. He was checking out the roped off area for nesting birds. They work on keeping the tourist out of the nesting area and answer questions about the birds.
Rush hour traffic in the bay.
Having fun on a boat ride.
A few things at Fort Desoto Park in mid-March.
A week later I was still looking for that great cormorant. Back at the boat ramp, I still only saw double crested cormorants.
Ring billed gulls had taken over the boat ramp.
They were all lined up.
Not many boats going out this morning so the pelicans were snoozing on the floating docks. It was a beautiful morning but windy and cool.
Two adults and a juvenile in between.
Little blue heron hanging around.
Several kayakers came up to the beach next to the boat ramp and they let their dog out to stretch his legs. He looked so cute in that life vest.
I still keep an eye out for that great cormorant although I don’t think anyone has spotted him recently. It was still a perfect morning out.
Cardinal wanting a handout.
His mate wanted a handout as well.
A wet brown thrasher hiding in the bushes.
Something yellow. I’m thinking a female common yellowthroat?
A carolina chickadee high up in the trees. I could not get a good shot of this guy.
A male common yellowthroat high up in the trees.
Mom alligator still guarding her nest. I thought it had been close to 2 months since I had seen the alligator nest mound she was resting on. Still no babies on this trip. The area is fenced off so I took this in between. She’s got some nice teeth.
Turtle hanging out near the alligator’s nest.
I saw this beautiful dog walking with his owner and had to take a picture.
Another quiet morning at Chesnut Park. There were a few migrating birds showing up but most stayed high up in the trees. I’m having a hard time seeing many of the fall migrating birds this season. It always rains during the week when the birds stop by for a rest and I can’t get out of work. By the sunny weekend, they all have heading on their way south for the winter.
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