More things growing on my walk around the neighborhood in the mornings before work.
Taking tons of pictures of the hibiscus plant in our yard.
Lots of baby ducks on the walk as well. I realized there are two different creme colored mallards in the neighborhood. Perhaps they are related? This one had one baby with her and has a little more brown in her feathers. She was at a small pond at one end of our neighborhood. There is also one with 9 babies floating around our dock the same day. She’s a little more lighter and we all call her Blondie.
A white pigeon in the pond.
The moon coming out at night. All of the above were taken with my phone.
I stopped by a park in mid-February to check on the owls that nest there every year. They had been sitting on eggs for a while but I wasn’t sure of the exact days. No sign of a baby yet but I found both of the parents. Mom was far down in the nest and I could just barely see the tops of her ears. Dad was sitting close by. It was late in the day and he was just waking up from a long nap.
He took off and flew to a tree nearby and was sitting out in the open. He started hooting. I realized that they don’t hoot with their beaks open but the white part of their chest fluffs up from the vibration. It was cool to sit quietly in the woods right before dark and watch him hoot.
I realized the moon was coming up way off across the bay. After a few minutes he took off heading towards the moon.
Mom was still hiding in that big tree as the sun went down.
Waiting for Brett’s family to come over on Christmas day, I looked out the glass sliding door and saw what I thought was a snake in the muhly grass up against the screened-in porch. My phone was close by so I ran out and snapped the above. It was just a small harmless black racer. They are good to have around because they eat any rats (our neighborhood gets fruit rats due to all of the citrus trees). Since he looked like he wasn’t going anywhere I ran inside and got my camera.
A few closeups taken with my 300mm lens.
Taken through the screen.He eventually left that morning.
A few of the plants around the yard. The bottom one is growing in my neighbor’s yard. Not sure what type of fruit that is. I think it’s a papaya.
As I’m taking pictures of the snake, an osprey cruises by.
The wolf moon in January, taken in my driveway when I got home from work.
I’ve recently been seeing an eagle sitting on top of a utility pole just outside my neighborhood. I guess they are back for the winter.
Some critters in my front yard. I think that lizard lives underneath my mailbox on the wall.I only see him at night. The frog was on my garage door.
It had just stopped raining and a very wet hawk was sitting on my neighbor’s sailboat mast. You can see mold growing on the mast. In 15 years, we’ve never seen them take the sailboat out.
Dolphins were right in front of our dock. It’s rare to see them in the channels. They usually stay out in the bay or only come in the first main channel.
Sun going down in the backyard.
The sun peaked out right after a storm before setting and turned everything orange.
The September full harvest moon. Reminds me that Halloween is coming.
Lots of things were blooming at my sister’s house in north Birmingham when I was visiting over Easter weekend. A bad storm hit the day before I arrived and when the sun came out over the weekend, everything started blooming quickly.
She had orchids blooming in the kitchen.
A fire in the old pot-bellied stove kept us warm while we watched the full moon rise out in the backyard.
From my driveway in late January. Saw this when I got home and thought it would be cool to try and get the moon coming up over Tampa the next night.
Tampa across the bridge. No moon coming up so I headed into Tampa.
I was hoping to get a shot of the big super blue blood moon rising above the Tampa skyline in late January so I brought my camera and headed over to a tall parking garage just off the bridge after work. On the moon side there was a cloud bank so i wasn’t going to get a shot of the moon just over the city.
I turned around and walked over to the other side of the parking garage and saw the above. A plane coming in for a landing near the Tampa airport just as the sun was going down. I stood for a while watching the planes come in. It was a beautiful cool night.
Sun’s all gone. Sometimes when life gives you lemons, turn around.
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.