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Setting up housekeeping…

You definitely need to take anything I say about birds with a grain of salt.  I make a lot of assumptions and then find out that I’ve got it all wrong.  Several mornings in a row I noticed that by opening the blinds on the side window I’d caused a bird to fly out of the birdhouse.  And I thought that that bird was the Downey woodpecker who would immediately go to the palm tree where I could and did get his picture. 02-11-20woodpecker Not the bluebirds I’d hoped for thought, after all I’d read that the bluebirds were picky about how big the opening to their home is, for protection really, and that if you encourage them to nest in a box you’ve provided then you need to be prepared to have meal worms in your fridge for them.  That was pretty much what did the trick for me and made me decide that I didn’t want them to nest in my yard quite that badly.  But this little birdhouse has a history of having bluebirds in it, and although it meets none of the criteria I’ve read for bluebird houses they have nested in it before.  So I’d see a single woodpecker paying attention to it, and a single bluebird hanging around also, and thought that perhaps we had an odd couple in the neighborhood.  But yesterday there was much coming and going from the birdhouse, and it seems that a pair of bluebirds are at least trying to make it home.  I was shooting from inside the house, between the blinds, and through a very dirty window, which I have since cleaned.  I love when a photo op comes to you, so to speak.  I hope this works out and we get to see them raise a family.  I’ll try not to disturb them too much.02-11-20blurbord102-11-20blurbord202-11-20blurbord302-11-20blurbord402-11-20blurbord5Today I am better prepared to get both birds in focus in the same photo.  This ability escaped me yesterday…02-11-20bluebirds1

Aha, they came back!  Such sweet little birds…

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What’s missing…

What has happened when I’ve gone missing I mean?  Well, maybe it’s been raining, or at least cold and gloomy, and I haven’t been out for pictures.  Or maybe I’ve started on a sewing project which has every surface in the place draped in fabric, enough so that it’s even driving me crazy, and the only thing to do is keep working on it.  And lately it’s the internet, or lack thereof, that has really taken me over the edge.  I’ve been using my uncle’s internet while I’ve been across the street here in Florida.  At first it worked so well that I had to ask myself why not pay him for the use of his service rather than the cable company?  But little by little my various devices won’t pick up the signal, and the only reliable way to watch Netflix is on my phone, and I’m sure that’s only because it’s using cell service.  My desktop was the last holdout, the last reliable device that would get online and let me write a post, and this morning even that wouldn’t work.  Which actually had me giving myself a pat on the back for calling the cable company yesterday and lining up my own service.  Internet only, but it includes ‘streaming channels’, which are yet to be determined.  I am choosing to believe that this will solve all the issues that have had me tearing my hair out the last few weeks.  So here I am on yet another gloomy day, waiting for the cable guy, and hoping for the best.  And did I mention that I can change my signal to seasonal for a nominal monthly fee when I head to parts unknown in the camper this year?

One thing you can be sure of when I’ve gone missing, it’s not because I’m doing housework.  I’m way better at making messes than I am at cleaning them up…

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Eagle watch…

The thing of it is, when you know of an eagle nest that you can visit you have a short window of watching the eaglets as they are being raised.  So after my errands I went to check the nest yesterday and then had to delete all my photos.  Late in the day the light is behind them leaving them in silhouette, which meant that today I would be sure to go early.  There were a few photographers watching this morning, all of us arriving by 8 AM, and then we waited.  One eagle was in the tree above the nest and we were anticipating the second eagle arriving with breakfast.  Eventually an osprey started the action.01-29ospreywithfish

Not this one, this one showed up later and tempted fate by flying over the nest with it’s fish in it’s talons.  No, the first one perched up the street on a snag and the eagle in the tree took off to chase it off.  But the eagle didn’t give chase, he/she perched in a tree that gave us a nice view of him as well as the nest.  And we waited.01-29-20waitingeagle.jpg01-29-20waitingeagleyawn.jpg

Even the eagle was bored enough to yawn.  Finally this eagle took off and we all were excited for when it would return and we would see the babies.  So we waited some more and sure enough, he/she eventually returned.01-29-20flyingeagle2.jpg01-29-20chick#1.jpg01-29-20momand#1.jpg01-29-20momand#2.jpg

Even the elusive second chick put in an appearance.  But the two of them are like whack a mole, when one’s head is up the other one is down.  But we saw them both stretching their wings.  Way more wing spread than I would have assumed.01-29babywings.jpg01-29-20chick#2wings.jpg01-29-20chick#2.jpg

Here they are, both in the same shot, even if the eaglet who is usually much more visible took this moment to be looking the other way.  The clouds rolled in the longer we waited.  A far cry from the nice blue sky and puffy clouds when we first arrived.  Photography may get me out of the house, but it doesn’t offer much exercise when you spend a couple of hours standing in one place waiting for something to happen.  Not that I’m complaining.  And I have to admit that I have learned to stop expecting a bird that I see in the sky, soaring on the wind currents, to be an eagle.  Whenever I do see an eagle in flight it seems that the are focused on someone, flying with a purpose in mind.  01-29-20flyingclose01-29-20flyingclose.jpg

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Second sunrise…

Thursday was my last day at Fort DeSoto, and even though I’d enjoyed an amazing sunrise there on Tuesday I headed there again.  Or maybe it was because that sunrise had been so pretty that I hoped I’d see another one as nice, or maybe even better.  And when I arrived I was excited to see the bridge lit in red this time, but the low fog was rolling in and in minutes it washed out the bridge and the whole sky was more gray than anything else.  The feature photo was taken at 6:28 AM.  Ten minutes later we had this…0.jpeg

And at 6:490-3.jpeg

At 7:08…0-4.jpeg

And at 7:12…0-2.jpeg

These are all iPhone photos, pretty much straight out of the camera.  I wanted to see as much of that sky as I could because the entire sky looked like this as far as I could see.  I never did see the sun at all that morning, and I could barely see the bridge as the sunrise progressed and that fog took over.  It wasn’t the sunrise I’d hoped for, but I have to say that that sky was incredible.  I think Forrest Gump was onto something.  Sunrises are also like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

 

 

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The battle…

In truth the northern troops seemed to be in overwhelming numbers on the battle field,  while confederate troops took the field in smaller contingents.01-18-20brooksvilleraidboy201-19-20confederatesoldiers

It was confusing to watch and try to decide which side had the upper hand.01-19-20grayfires01-18-20brooksvilleraidboy01-19-2020confederatetroops01-19-20unionshoot.jpg

The calvary took the field while canons fired on both sides.01-19-20cavalry01-19-20canonclose01-19-20calvaryshoot.jpg01-19-20horseback.jpg01-19-20twohorses.jpg01-19-20northovercomes.jpg

The dead and wounded were left laying in the field.01-18-20brooksvilleraidwounded

This old confederate soldier watched two of his fellow soldiers fall in the fighting.01-19-20oldman

He took up the charge by himself, which proved to be a futile attempt in the heat of the moment.01-19-20charge01-19-20nursing

In the end it appeared that the north had taken the day.  But at the end of the battle the dead and wounded arose, and both sides participated in a salute to past and present soldiers who have fought and died for our country.  If only all wars could end this way.01-19-2020finalsalute.jpg

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The Brooksville Raid…

The Brooksville Raid was not a civil war battle but a skirmish, which had no clear winner.  Perhaps that’s why the reenactment weekends are structured by coin toss as to which side wins.  And the other side wins the next day.  A very civilized way to do things I suppose.  The gates open at 9 AM and the battle doesn’t happen until 2:30, so there is a lot of time to wander in the encampments where the reenactors spend the weekend, not just reenacting the battle but reliving life in the camps also.  They wander through the crowds in their costumes, the troops practice their drills, and it does help you to imagine what life would have been like for those poor soldiers.  Maybe not so poor on a gorgeous, sunny Florida day, but that wasn’t always the case now was it?

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Sarsaparilla, I hadn’t had it before.  Choose your bottle and fill it for $5, and refills are $2!