A house sparrow on our dock. They nest in the hole on the side of the dock.
A hawk sitting on our fence.
An anhinga getting a snack on our neighbor’s dock.
A woodpecker getting a snack on our palm tree.
A blue jay giving me a funny look while sitting on our neighbor’s boat.
Things on our muhly grass.
The moon in the backyard in the morning.
Just a few things in our backyard in the past couple of weeks.
I caught this anhinga about to take gulp of fish down at the other end of the channel.
The above were taken back in late October. The wintering belted kingfisher made an appearance in our channel and was hanging out on my neighbor’s dock. These were all taken over the course of the weekend. and all were through the bedroom window.
Then a few weeks later, I saw a different kingfisher on our dock. The female kingfishers have a rust colored band across their chest so I knew it wasn’t the same one from late October. So, now we have both a male and female hanging around our channel this winter. The female showed up on our dock late one day and was still there right before the sun went down. All taken through the bedroom window.
Some of the plants and crittes in our yard.
A great egret cruising through the backyard.
Taken from our driveway back in November.
A few things from our yard in November.
It didn’t feel like fall or Halloween until I went to Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. They had some fun decorations around the gardens. The scarecrows were made by local school kids.
The gold door to the the bell tower.
I was disappointed that the only bird at the feeder was a red-winged blackbird.
It was a beautiful morning. The moon was still out while I walked the trails.
I recently spent several hours walking around the gardens at Bok Tower. It’s about an hour and a half from where I live in Tampa but worth the drive. The gardens have a huge variety of things including flowers, trees, birds, butterflies and other tiny critters to practice photography while getting in a good walk.
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 limpkin hiding in the bushes over the lake.
Pretty flowers fill the pond.
This is what cattails look like in the middle of summer.
Great egrets at the park.
The moon was still showing in the morning at Chesnut Park.
The moon was still up when I got to the park that morning.
Plants and bugs along the trail.
The usual gator and turtles.
Little critters (the frog was in the bathroom).
This was the first time I have seen a plane land on the lake.
Fun stuff at Circle B Bar Reserve.
The moon was still out when I got to the park at 8am.
You would think by these pictures that it was started to feel like fall around here. Oh no, we’re still at 85 degrees. We’ve been getting a lot of rain so I’m not sure why some of the leaves were turning so early.
It was nice to see the red leaves. Something we don’t see often here. Most of the time it goes from green to dead.
Ferns growing on a tree branch.
There were more spiders than birds.
This looked like a big cotton ball in the middle but it’s some kind of spider web.
Little squirrel looking for a handout.
You had to keep an eye out over your head as you walked along the boardwalk. I kept doing spider checks in my hair.
Into the sun.
View of the lake from the tower. Taken with my phone. You can just barely see the moon in the sky.
I had a nice weekend morning walking around Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa. The weather was perfect but the birds and animals were scarce. The swamp was flooded so the wading birds were not around. I got a good 3 hour walk in before heading home for lunch.
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