I left Brett back in Tampa and headed up to Birmingham to visit my sister over Easter weekend. Even though Friday was going to be a cloudy rainy day, we risked it and headed up about an hour north of Birmingham to visit the past. Noccalula Falls was our destination. I hadn’t been since the early 70’s and was wondering if it looked the same. I’m sure a lot has changed but I remembered the park looking bigger. The story is that an Indian princess was already in love with someone else but her father told her she had to marry a neighboring chief instead so she fell to her death. Full story here. We were there after a big storm so the water was heavy coming over the falls.
Looking through the trees and down the Black Creek Gorge.
Some of the old buildings on display throughout the park.
Canadian geese at the top of the falls.
I found some old pictures that my dad had taken of the falls back in 1973. My sister and were posing on an old wagon (I’m on the left). We looked for the wagon when we were there but couldn’t find it. I think we were pretending to hold on to the reins. My dad always liked actions shots
The Selby Gardens in Sarasota sits right on the bay. It was a warm beautiful morning in late November when I was there for the first time with my sister.
It’s a small botanical gardens and a bit far from my home in Tampa. Not sure if I will get down here again soon. My favorite part was the conservatory that had a lot of orchids. We happened to be there during an orchid exhibit which was pretty cool.
The entrance to the Japanese Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Lots of things blooming in late March.
Growing up I spent a lot of time at the Japanese Gardens in Birmingham. It was one of my parents favorite places to go and walk around. My Dad would take a lot of pictures. I was busy playing in the grass and feeding the fish. I was probably wondering when we were going home so I could play with my friends. Now, 30 years later I am there taking pictures without my Dad. This post is in his memory. He died in April 2001, 15 years ago.
Lots of bees buzzing around the flowers.
Juvenile blue herons hanging around the nest. They were probably born here earlier this spring. It seems they don’t want to leave home.
My first yellow throated warbler of the fall season. (If you can call it fall). The bird reports were saying fall migration started back in mid-August when I took these but it felt like a heat wave.
There was a titmouse hanging around with the warbler. They were high up in the trees near the manatee hospital.
Not technically a wild thing, this turtle lives in the manatee exhibit. I thought he had a pretty face.
There did not seem to be as many grasshoppers at the zoo than last summer. I wonder if they had been spraying to keep the numbers down. The grasshoppers eat up all of the nice green foliage around the exhibits.
Looking at the waterfall, you could almost pretend you were on some Caribbean island instead of central Tampa.
I hadn’t been to the zoo in several months so I decided to stop in for a quick visit. It was the middle of August, which I always swear I would never visit during that month. Hot and steamy!
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