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Conspiracy theories…

I’ve suspected a conspiracy for quite a while now.  Since I bought my house in Florida in 2005.  We hadn’t owned the house long, and were just visiting every other month for the first three years, but we quickly were talked into getting a ‘bug guy’, because ‘if you don’t have termites now you will eventually.’  Not wanting to arrive at the house and find that it was occupied by hordes of bugs, we signed on.  But the thing of it is, we never saw a bug.  Not in my house, and not here in the mobile either.  Nope.  Not until the actual bug guy paid a visit, and then there would be a dead palmetto bug lying in a corner, or under a table, immediately after the bug guy put in an appearance.  I suspected he planted those things to ensure that you would keep paying the bill.

Lately I have been patting myself on the back for finally signing on with a bug guy for this place, prompted by my plan to head out of here for an extended trip to somewhere.  And on the two occasions that he has paid me a visit I have spotted a palmetto bug shortly after each visit.  The last time he was here I informed him of my suspicions and he pretended to be amused.  I told him that I find those darned bugs to be so creepy that I usually leave them lying in state for a couple of days, just to be sure it’s really dead before I go to scoop it up and it leaps into action.  I think he rolled his eyes,  but he assured me that if it’s lying on it’s back you can be sure it’s dead.  He LIED!

 

 

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Get thee to the rookery…

I’ve been driving right past the rookery lately, so I made it a point to stop the other day.  As soon as I got out of the car I could tell that things were winding down there, the decibel level was decidedly lessened.  The babies have grown so much that it’s now impossible to tell the babies from the adults.  I have thought of these wood storks as the ‘three amigos’, but as you can see there were only two of them still standing at attention.  The sky was full of birds though, birds seeming to be flying for the fun of it, so maybe the third one was spreading his wings.

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The egrets are still the stars of the rookery.  They look so elegant no matter what they are doing.06-16-20rookeryegret06-16-20rookeryegret206-16-20rookeryegret3

I stopped by last December just to see if anything was happening at the rookery, but there wasn’t a bird in sight.   So I had wondered when they would be leaving, and where they are going once they do leave.  It seems that I might be out of here before they are…

 

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Fred’s story…

When I get up early enough to go out for the sunrise I usually open my front door to look outside to see what the sky looks like.  But lately I think I’m hoping that it looks overcast enough to stay home.  Then I can pat myself on the back for not wasting time, but then I waste time at home so really all I would save is gas.  When I look out and see a crescent moon in a clear sky, especially when it’s in the eastern sky, then I can’t resist going out.  In my mind I see a nice sunrise with the crescent moon above, but in all honesty I don’t think that shot has ever presented itself.  The moon is too high, and the sunrise colors were developing slightly to the north.06-16-20aripekamoon

There are two bridges to shoot from in Aripeka, and the first has houses that I hope will have lights on to give extra interest to the shot.  This morning there were no lights, but there were plenty of no-see-ums, so I moved on.06-16-20aripeka1stbridge

The second bridge is where I always hope to see One-Foot Fred, but he wasn’t out today.  But one of the neighbors walked out to watch the sunrise and it turned out that he is the guy I recently heard call Fred’s name, and when Fred flew over he was treated to breakfast.  I mentioned to him that I used to see Fred whenever I came for the sunrise, but then didn’t see him for a long while.  He told me that the Great Blue Herons are very territorial and the two-footed heron that I did see had run Fred off.  But as happens so often when these birds co-exist with fishermen, that heron got tangled up in fishing line, and someone cut the line instead of untangling him, so he flew off, but only barely, and it was surely a death sentence for that bird.  Sad news for that bird, but good news for Fred who is back, and comes for breakfast every day, he said.  Finger mullet, about $10 worth a day.

Fred was luckier than that other heron.  He also became tangled up in fishing line, but this gentleman and another one worked to cut him free, all except for that foot, because Fred became so violent that they had to let him go.  He said it was awful to watch as that foot became useless and eventually just wasn’t there anymore.  It does seem that human interaction with wildlife is usually not in the animal’s best interest.  But for now Fred seems to have it made, I hope it lasts…

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And always check the sky behind you for reflections in the clouds.06-16-20aripekareflection

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Left-overs…

To spend a day out shooting pictures and ‘only’ come home with 668 is not particularly a lot.  But it’s a lot to go through and it leaves you with pictures that are left over, that didn’t quite fit the story you were telling, or you simply missed them.  Or maybe they just wanted to stand alone.

All day long we had a running debate over whether or not the bird we were looking at was a tri-color heron or not.  But once we did see one we didn’t have to debate anymore.05-21-2005-21-20tricolor

Green herons seem more rare of a sighting, or maybe they just hide better, but I was happy to see this one.   And this pale colored one was a mystery to me, but Merlin says it’s a black crowned night heron.05-21-20greenheron05-21-20greenheron205-21-20blackcrwned

Soft shelled turtles aren’t particularly cute, but we were amazed to see this one camouflaged in the algae.  And the orange shell of these turtles stood out too.05-21-20sftshellalgae05-21-20orangeshell

An osprey flying over with its catch in its talons is always a goal to see.  But if he stops to eat in a tree it’s the next best thing.05-21-20osprey-fish05-21-20osprey-fish2

I missed the excitement when this hawk stole this snake from an ibis.  I did get to see him make short work of it.05-21-20hawk-snake

A butterfly is always a pretty picture, and this green dragonfly was my favorite dragonfly picture of the day, but I somehow failed to export it so I missed it on my dragonfly post.  But it’s too pretty not to post.05-21-20butterfly05-21-20greenongreen

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The big picture…

Of course I can’t resist a close up view of creatures that you would never be able to see in detail other than in a photograph.  It’s a challenge to try to get a sharp image like that.  But I also like landscapes.  Open spaces.  My very first trip to Florida was thirty years ago, and I wasn’t impressed.  I thought it was too flat, but that’s not how I see it anymore.  I see gorgeous skies, and I still marvel over the palm trees.  And the sunshine that lures you out your door…05-21-20view405-21-20egret05-21-20view205-21-20view105-21-20view305-21-20anhingaview05-21-20cameratotersA photographer will recognize that the woman in this picture is toting a big camera/lens combination.  As were half the people we saw at Circle B recently.  Sunrise at the B would be fun to do, but at two hours away it might be better easier to wait until daylight savings time.

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Birds of The B…

Great Blue Herons seem to be aware of their regal looks and they like to strike a pose on purpose, or maybe they just can’t help it.05-21-20messyGBH2

I like it when they look messy and the colors of their feathers show more.  This guy seemed to be drying his feathers as we passed by.  When we got to the end of the trail we did an about face and when we got to him again he was still standing there.05-21-20messyGBH305-21-20messyGBH

Not long ago a photographer posted pictures of a flock of 100 Roseate Spoonbills landing at one of the ponds here at the B, so of course I hoped they were still hanging around.  They weren’t, but we did see them one at a time, or maybe it was the same one over again.  And when he suddenly took off and flew the three of us all missed the shot.  But the shots we miss are why we go back.05-21-20spoonbill105-21-20spoonbill205-21-20spooniesleep

Would you want to take a nap standing one-legged in an alligator infested waterway?  I wouldn’t either, but this Spoonie seemed to think that this was a perfect spot for a siesta.  After hiking at least 6 miles, and in the hot sun at least half of the time, we were ready for a siesta too.