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A day on the water…

Off we went to Hog Island to launch the kayaks on an absolutely perfect day. A little relief from the miserable heat we have ‘enjoyed’ all summer, and a blue sky with lovely clouds instead of thunderstorms. Even the water itself cooperated. A glassy surface with wonderful reflections. Sunburned knees were a small price to pay for such a perfect day…

This last one reminded me of the snow capped mountains in the Tetons. But it has already snowed there, so I guess I need to appreciate all that we have to enjoy here at home.

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In the country…

My friend commented on the unusual mushrooms she had seen in her ‘yard’. I don’t know if that’s the word for it or not, it’s a lot of acres and home to three dogs, two horses, and assorted wild visitors who also seem to think of it as home. Between the mushrooms and the blooming hibiscus we decided to invade her space for a photo op.

I think a little plucking is in order. I can relate.

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Return to nature…

Have you ever wanted to return to nature? I mean that literally. Today my friends and I visited a cemetery called Heartwood Preserve. You might want to choose this place if you would like your body to return to nature after you die. No embalming, you may choose a simple pine casket, or not. According to the website photos people also just choose for the body to be wrapped in cloth and buried that way. This was a new concept to me and I haven’t decided what I think of it. The land itself is left in it’s natural state with a wildlife trail on the property. It was quite a peaceful place. Something to think about…

WordPress has totally reformatted how to put together a post. What was simple is way more complicated, and lots less fun. Just my opinion.

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Finally, Florida photo ops…

Ignoring the heat and the threat of storms, my friends and I were able to go out for photo ops today.   Florida style, which means I saw a very photogenic Ibis, 08-16-20ibis

A reddish egret, which hasn’t been a common sight in my experience.08-16-20reddish2A snowy egret with it’s golden slippers08-16-20snowyegret

A Great White heron,08-16-20whiteegret

Turtles and crabs.  Crabs!  I am reminded of how long it’s been since I’ve had steamed crabs.  Charley used to get a kick out of how much I loved steamed crabs, possibly more than he did and he was the Baltimore native.  Next time I get back to MD I will have to fix that.08-16-20turtle08-16-20crabs

And I got a lesson in Mangrove propagation while we were out.  Seems these ‘seeds’ (they probably have a fancier name than that), drop into the water and float until they get stuck in muck, where they then take root and grow into new mangrove trees.08-16-20mangrovebabies

People were out enjoying the beaches, but we kept our distance.  08-16-20howardpark08-16-20bridge

It was good to be out with friends, even on a Florida summer day…

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Heron Pond trail…

The feature photo isn’t from the hike I did with my cousin Mary yesterday, but all the rest are.  That row of houses on the hill has intrigued me ever since I first spotted it, but I didn’t think there was a good place to pull over to get the shot.  I found a spot yesterday, whether it was a good spot is debatable, but I only stopped for a minute.

The heron pond trail is right here where I’m camping in Colter Bay.  It’s only one of the trails to explore here and I hope to do more.  I thought I did pretty well as far as the altitude and not feeling so out of breath as I had been feeling.  Guess I ought to stay!07-14-20view07-14-20view207-14-20kayaker07-14-20yellowflower07-14-20stateflower07-14-20tanager07-14-20butterfly07-14-20heronpond07-14-20heronpondbevers07-14-20hiking07-14-20hikingnuthatcch207-14-20hikingnuthatcchA good picture of the fields of amazing wild flowers continues to escape me, but I sure do enjoy looking at them.

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More from Yellowstone…

Of course there is more to Yellowstone than the Old Faithful geysers.  There are big animals like the elk who posed for the feature photo.  And a bison, one of many individual ones we saw by the side of the road.  And a tiny little butterfly who landed on my thumb for some unknown reason.  On my right thumb, so I thought what a nice picture it would make with my camera in my hand but the photo op sitting on my thumb.  So Karen suggested that we see if we could coax him onto her thumb so I could get a picture also.  That was one cooperative butterfly, who posed for a few pictures and then flew off to do whatever it is that butterflies do.07-10-20part2buffalo07-10-20part2tongue07-10-20part2butterfly

Then there is Inspiration Point, the subject of many artists’s paintings over the years, and the magnificent Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. 07-10-20part2artist07-10-20part2falls07-10-20part2don'tfall07-10-20part2grandcanyon207-10-20part2grandcanyon07-10-20part2yellowstonelake

Dragon Mouth Spring was amazing.  Not only did you see the bubbling mud, and smell the sulphur, but you could hear the gurgling down deep underground.07-10-20part2dragon'smouthspring07-10-20part2dragon'smouthspring207-10-20part2mud

Unfortunately one of the best places to see wildlife, the Lamar Valley, is closed this year.  I’m still looking for a bear, hoping to see one from the car, and hoping not to see one while I’m walking on a trail.  At least alligators are a little more predictable as to where you might see one.  This is a most beautiful place to be, chilly overnight, and then warm and breezy during the day.  I’m lucky to be here.