Critters in the rain

I left work while it was still raining in early August hoping Chesnut Park would be empty of people due to the weather. That’s when the baby deer come out from hiding in the woods. Early on Saturday mornings when I’m usually there, the park is filled with joggers, walkers and dogs so the deer stay deep in the woods. It was still drizzling when I first got there. I quickly saw 2 hawks that were soaked.

I spotted a fawn staying close to the family.

Not sure if this was Dad or a big brother. It’s rare to see older males at the park. They usually stay farther north and come down to the park during mating season.

This little one had a sibling. Even though the rain had stopped, I stayed in the car to take these. I didn’t want to spook them. They continued to graze and I eventually headed home.

More rainy day flower pictures

Pictures from a walk around the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo during a morning summer rain shower. Most people say the rain never lasts long in Florida in the summer but sometimes they last most of the day. This morning in August it rained all day. At least it wasn’t hot.

Standing under the gazebos looking across the pond.

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Flowers in the rain

I headed out to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in early August around 8am. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky in Tampa. As I got closer to the gardens I could see the dark clouds up ahead. I was thinking it would be a quick rain shower and then it would nice and cool to walk around after the rain. I sat in my car for over 30 minutes in the down pour. It finally slowed down to a drizzle. I got out of the car with my big golf umbrella and walked around the gardens taking pictures in the drizzle. At least it wasn’t hot.

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The skies of Sanibel Island

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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.

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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.

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Moon going down one morning.

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An early walk on the beach produced the above.

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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.

Storms in the Tampay Bay area – Skywatch Friday

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I walked out the grocery store and saw this. Of course, no one was running for cover. Everyone was taking pictures of it with their phone cameras. I joined in. I stopped by the grocery store after work on the Monday after the 4th of July. I usually go later in the week but since we had been out of town for the last week we really needed stuff.  It was just a water spout, not a full blown tornado, that had come onto land from the bay which was about a mile away. There had been several water spouts seen in the Tampa Bay area in the last month so no one was completely surprised to see this one.  It hung in the same spot for a few minutes then started to fall apart.

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You can see it starting to fall apart at the bottom. People were heading to their cars at this point. This was my first water spout sighting so it was pretty cool even though I was ready to make a run for the meat locker if it started to move towards us.

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Clouds moving in around the Sunshine Skyway bridge area. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon so I headed to the outlet mall south of Tampa.

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You could see where it was raining on the right side of the bay.

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Coming home from the outlet mall.

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Rain to the left of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

It felt like it rained every day in July. Almost every day anyway. I kept missing great storms for one reason or another. Stuck at work mostly. All of the above were taken with my Iphone. I’m getting hooked on using the panorama feature.

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Rain on one side and sun on the other – Skywatch Friday

Rain in the distance at the east beach.

Moving closer, the rain was starting to hide the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. After I took this I drove over to the other side of the park.

On the other side of Fort Desoto, the sun was out.

Half an hour later, the skies were clearing up.

Another half hour later, more clouds were moving in again.

Typical summer weather, even in September. I headed down to Fort Desoto on a Saturday morning. It was sunny at my house and by the time I got to the park rain was on the way. I could see it out in the bay but I never got rained on. It was a quiet morning. Not many birds around. After two hours of clouds and sun I headed home.

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Backyard storm – Skywatch Friday

Clouds were moving out as the sun was going down. I love it when the sun makes the white clouds look pink and orange.

Sunset in the backyard after a rainstorm had moved through.

It had rained most of the day and the birds were just soaked. The osprey stayed in his usual bad weather spot on my neighbor’s dock for most of the afternoon. Taken through the bedroom window.

The poor night heron stayed in on our dock most of the afternoon. Taken through the dining room window.

Wet dove on the bird feeder holder. I think he wanted me to let him in.

I looked out my side window and our resident frog was sitting on the window sill in the middle of the day. They usually don’t come out from behind the shutters until almost dark. I’m sure he was loving the cooler wet weather.

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