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Memories…

We all get reminders of our memories on Facebook, posts that we made on that same date over the years.  Since I’ve been blogging for nearly two years now I mostly get memories that are blog posts from last year,  Today’s was a trip to the Lowry Park Zoo, and the pictures I got that day were such favorites of mine that I got some warm fuzzies to see them today.  It’s been a couple of days of warm fuzzies since I’ve been doing what I can to help my son move into a house just 14 miles from me!  He is back ‘home’, so to speak, and I couldn’t possibly be happier.  His family will be here once school is out.  The timing could be better since I’m  leaving next week for my first snowbird expedition to see places and people I know and love.  And to see new places and find friends I haven’t met yet.  So with nothing new to post I’m happy to share this from last year.  And to be thankful that Mike has come home.

https://naturecoastimages.blog/2018/05/01/Monkey-business/

 

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Not a creature was stirring…

… except for the lizards, which were everywhere at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens yesterday.  Suddenly the rain had stopped and the sky was gorgeous, so off I went.  And thought I’d outsmarted myself because that quickly the sun was gone again.  But I’m glad I didn’t give up.  The lizards were scurrying everywhere, but my real destination was the butterfly garden where the zebras that I was chasing the other day were the only busy butterflies I saw…4=26-19flowerlizard4=26-19gazingball4=26-19zebraredflower4=26-19zebra34=26-19butterflygarden4=26-19zebra24=26-19zebra1And if I’d given up I would have missed this cooperative fella…4=26-19dragonfly24=26-19dragonfly1And then I found the Secret Garden.  I think it’s where the Easter Bunny goes for R&R after his big day…4=26-19secretgarden4=26-19tears4=26-19bunny4=26-19Child'sface4=26-19egretstatue4=26-19angelface4=26-19pinkflowers4=26-19purpleflower4=26-19whiteflower4=26-19sign

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Darn weather…

Timing is everything.  I spent a beautiful Florida day inside yesterday, compulsively looking at and editing photos from John’s Pass.  Also watching my new obsession, Harry Bosch, on Amazon Prime.  Now it’s storming like crazy and and I’m wanting to be out shooting.  At least I won’t run out of episodes of Bosch any time soon.  Sunset from Madeira Beach.  It honestly wasn’t the best sunset ever, but it was a pretty darned good day anyhow.  4-24-19john'spassyelloflowerHDR4-24-19johnspass304-25-2019johnspassheronfish04-25-2019johnspasssunset24=25=19iphonesunset4-24-19johnspass14-24-19johnspass24-24-19john'spasscircleHDR4=26-19John'spasspano

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Sightseeing…

Seeing the view across the water at John’s Pass is certainly beautiful.  And the quaint charm of the buildings housing the restaurants and shops will catch your eye, particularly when lit up in the evening.  But the best part of walking the boardwalk just might be the smells coming from those restaurants.  If you weren’t hungry when you got there just give it a little while.  But then you have to decided which one to choose.  Good luck with that!4-24-19johnspassHDR44-24-19johnspassHDR14-24-19johnspassHDR54-24-19reflectionHDR4=25=19lighthouseHDR24=25=19lighthouseHDR34-24-19johnspassHDR64-24-19johnspassHDR34-24-19johnspassHDR24=25=19bubbagumpHDR2

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John’s Pass…

This photo from the FCCP photo walk last night just might be one of the least colorful one’s that I took, but I found the story behind it to be pretty unique.  We were enjoying being on the boardwalk and the bird’s eye view of the fishing boats that were at anchor, and the fishermen cleaning their fish.  They were being supervised by pelicans, snowy egrets, black crowned night hawks, blue herons, and white egrets, all waiting for scraps from their work.  Not having been there before it was hard to decide where to look first, the cute little shops, the scenery in general, or walk to the beach where the sunset would be happening soon.  One of the other photographers mentioned that when he comes to John’s Pass he always goes down an alley to a little building that has a sign about tarot reading.  I thought he was pointing out a place to eat, but he was talking about the birds, on the roof, on the wires, and on the neighboring buildings.  When we found this place later on the number of birds had dwindled and the owner of the business was hosing down the sidewalk out front.  She said that the birds come to her because of the rescue.  She told us that about 12 years ago a blue heron showed up with a fishing line attached to him, and she liberated him.  Soon another bird came to be rescued, and another, as if they were telling each other where to go when they got caught in the fishing gear.  And so it’s been going for all these years.  Just one little slice of what we saw last night.  After getting home late and having so many photos to go through this is the best I can do for now.  We had hardly gotten out of the car when we arrived and my friend was already declaring that she wanted to come back.  I think that’s a great idea!4-24-19johnspass34-24-19fromtheboardwalknightheron4-24-19john'spasssnowyegret