I stopped by the Safety Harbor fishing pier in early November and it was really low tide. I think this is the first time I could walk all the way under the fishing pier. The pier was closed due to damage from Thunderstorm (or mini hurricane) ETA so the only thing on it was a cormorant.
At first glance it only looked like minor damage around the yacht basin.
This vulture found a dead fish that must have washed up on the grass when the tide got crazy high during the storm and got stranded. He was having a feast.
Pretty pelican in the mangroves.
Out on the open field next to the pier, I saw this dog enjoying getting a good brushing. Then he was ready for some play. I struggled getting him catching the frisbee. He kept going the other way and if I went around I’d be taking the picture into the sun. He was definitely a frisbee catching expert.
I realized why there wasn’t any little birds around the firebushes early one Saturday morning at Crescent Lake park. A hawk was keeping watch.
You can usually see monk parakeets hanging around the ball park there.
No birds but plenty of moths.
This dog looked bored when I was taking his picture. He was standing guard while his human was fishing.
Starlings are everywhere.
I got all the way across the lake from my car and it started raining. Luckily I had thrown my tiny umbrella in my backpack so I stood under a tree for a few minutes hoping it stop quickly. It was raining on one side of the park and the sun was on the other side. After 15 minutes I just walked back to my car and was soaked from the waist down.Typical Florida weather. By the time I got to my car the rain had stopped so I decided to head over to the North Shore beach park in nearby downtown St. Pete before heading home.
When I got out of the the car there were a few parakeets eating on the ground in front of me. They were chomping on the ground covering.
Meanwhile, this squirrel had found a piece of pizza in the garbage can, probably left over from last night’s picnic. He seemed pleased with himself.
There were still storms out in the bay so I headed home for lunch.
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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Cool dog at the park. Beauty or beast? You decide.
Eyes peeking out.
Bambi near the parking lot.
This Bambi’s mom lives.
Crossing the road.
Looking for mom.
Tiny one swimming by.
The spider was eating a bee.
After walking around Chesnut Park for two hours, I was thinking I was not going to have a deer sighting on this trip. I was almost out of the park when something caught my eye. I turned around and pulled off on the grass. I got out for a few minutes and watch a mom and her baby walking by. Perfect ending to a hot morning.
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