Bayport, Florida landmarks, nature, photography, sunset

Bayport also…

Apparently everyone but me knew that there was an additional area of Bayport available to enjoy.  Just a jog to the right off the road leading in and you find a small parking area.  There is a path through the palm trees, a winding path, and bathrooms, a helpful addition also.  There is a metal boardwalk of sorts, so that you can rise up into the trees a bit and enjoy the view.  I’ll bet it is comfortable even in the summer since it’s shaded and usually breezy by the water.  I also have it on good authority that it’s a good spot for Pokemon hunting.

It was nice to find a different place for sunset photos on a day that featured beautiful blue skies.  I haven’t taken a photo with a blue sky in quite a while.  And a super moon.  The moon set and sunrise tomorrow morning is an event for my photo group,  and I hope you’ll enjoy it where ever you are also.1-30palmsunset1-30sunset21-30sunset31-30sunset5

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birds, eagles, Florida wildlife, nature, nesting, photography

A long day…

I joined a 10-day photo challenge on my photo group.  As an exercise it’s meant to get you out and taking pictures.  You may have figured out that I don’t need a whole lot of encouragement to do exactly that.  ‘Choose your best picture of the day and post it’, but just one, was the instruction.  I thought that sounded like fun so I signed on for the challenge, even though I’m easily intimidated and have only posted one photo on that group so far.  Then I read someone’s helpful hints about things to keep in mind for your photo and editing for the challenge, and it took on a whole different, and not so much fun, sort of aspect.   So I went out for the sunrise at Bayport yesterday, but it didn’t happen.  There was a misty rain, and I thought a red glow in the mist might be nice, but instead of a glow the fog rolled in while I was waiting.  But I did get this photo, which I captioned, “Quoth the Grackle, Nevermore”.  Day TwoThe dogs and I found this visitor out on the lake when we got home from our walk…1-29newneighborA Wood Stork!  It wasn’t so long ago that I saw my first one in person at Jenkin’s Creek, which isn’t all that far away, but I’ve never seen one out back before.  So even though I wanted to go check on the eagles again I stopped to take his picture first.  1-29twolittle ones1-29twochowdownFinally, I was at the eagle’s nest, and the misty rain had cleared, and nothing was going on.  There was one eagle only, guarding the nest from the branch above. I did notice a lot of vultures in the immediate area and they seemed to be concentrating on the nest.  I saw her calling, but her mate didn’t come right away.  She stood her ground at that point, but did chase off one vulture a bit later.  When she came back she landed on the nest and was tending it again.

Right about then I heard someone say hello, and I discovered, to my surprise, that there was another photographer standing beside me, with his tripod and camera all decked out in camouflage trimmings.  He was from Connecticut and just visiting down here, he said.  He saw me with my camera and stopped, and was hoping that I wasn’t watching an Osprey since they have plenty of them to photograph in Connecticut.  He was quite happy when I pointed out the eagle and the nest, and shortly after that we saw one baby pop it’s head up.  When I told him that there were two of them, but one still didn’t appear, he told me that they can be aggressive, the babies can, and that if there isn’t enough food then one baby might devour it’s sibling. Now I knew I wasn’t leaving unless I saw two babies, and thankfully that happened, but not until shortly after he left.  I took 250 pictures yesterday, but the only ones that really mattered were the couple that showed the two chicks.  I still had a class to go to in Clearwater last night.  It was a long day…

 

 

go with the flow, losing battles, nature, photography, rain, storms, weather

If only it wasn’t raining…

… I’m sure I’d be out front changing the light bulb in the light post.  Especially since I bought the replacement bulb weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect day and today would be it, if only it wasn’t raining…

… I’d also have gotten in my 36 laps at the pool…

… The dogs wouldn’t be looking at me and wondering why I don’t stop the rain and take them for a walk…

… I’d probably would have stopped procrastinating and called the sprinkler guy to come fix the sprinklers before my crispy brown lawn dies completely…

… I’d pick up the fiddle feaf fig leaves that are laying out there on the lawn.  I’ve already picked up 5 full garbage bags full, but I probably could fill another bag now…

… I wouldn’t have had to close the bedroom door to keep a wet, drooly dog from dirtying up the clean sheets…

… I would have gone out and taken a lot more eagle photos, and the sunset too…

… I would have washed the car, mowed the lawn, and bathed the dogs…

…and I wouldn’t have worn my in-case-of-mud-photoshoot-shoes to church…1-29Sundayshoes

If only it wasn’t raining…

eagles, Florida wildlife, life, nature, Nature's beautiful creatures, nesting, photography

Nature and nurture…

It was domestic bliss at the nest today.  As one parent watched from the branch above the other parent was tending the young.  Two of them for sure, and I saw a comment that there could be another one.  I had a perfect view through the lens as one baby was fed, and I clicked away, but every single one of those pictures turned out blurry.  Darn it.

I looked up the life cycle of the eagle today and learned that they are nomads for their first four years of life.  This is when they are most vulnerable, and I saw an estimate that only 1 in 10 makes it to adulthood.  They mate at 5 years old, mating for life, and building a nest that they return to year after year.  They ado thenest every year, which is how the nests can become such architectural marvels.  The nest is always high in the tallest tree around, and close to water so they can fish.  The eggs hatch in about 35 days, and it’s 10 to 12 weeks until they fledge (fly).  They will spend several more months in the area perfecting their skills before they are on their own.  In the wild they live 20 to 30 years.

But for the time being I want to simply enjoy the little ones as they grow.  And while we wait for the Sandhill Cranes to get down to business…

 

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blessings, childhood, connections, coping, death, family, finding my way, grief, healing, life, life goes on, marriage, memories

Lost and found…

I’ve been up since 2 AM, thinking. About a lot of things, but mostly about Charley. Thinking back to when I met him. I was talking with my aunt and uncle the other day and I told them that when I met Charley I had the most overwhelming sense of re-connecting to someone I already knew, someone I treasured and had lost track of. I had found someone who had been missing. And what popped out of my mouth next was something that hadn’t occurred to me in the entire 34 years we were married. That person was… me!

It was the Italian thing. Funny since Charley wasn’t Italian, but he may as well have been. His mother had been raised in an Italian neighborhood in Baltimore, and his step-father was Italian. The first place that we went together was an Italian deli in Baltimore, Trinacria’s, and when he opened the door and I walked in I was stopped in my tracks by the smell of the place. I had just walked into my grandmother’s kitchen, or so you’d think by the smell. That he ripped off the end of the loaf of Italian bread and handed it to me was such a familiar gesture. Something lost was found. I was whole again.

Thank you Charley…

birds, bluebirds, Florida wildlife, nature, Nature's beautiful creatures, photography

Birds on a wire…

Five of ’em.  Sitting on a wire right in front of the house.  I had been to the eagle nest earlier and was anxious to look at the photos I’d taken, but I walked the dogs first so I could do it in peace.  But there they were, five little bluebirds looking at us as we returned from the walk.  At least the camera was still set up.  How could you resist those cute little things?  But when they are posing like that they don’t present much action to include in your photos.  Unless they get an itch…1-24bluebird51-24bluebird61-24bluebird21-24bluebird31-24bluebird41-24bluebird1