birds, dragonflies, Florida wildlife, life, nature, nesting, perseverance, photography, pond creatures, simple things, storms

The good and the bad…

The good thing about dragonflies is that they return to the same spot all the time.  So you can get yourself ready, get the camera focused, and you’ll be ready to take your photo when he returns.  The bad thing about dragonflies is that they return to the same spot all the time.  And when they do come back they tend to land in the same position again, so you are ready to take the picture, but it’s the same picture every time.  I wish they would do something surprising now and then.  At least they are out back daily, giving me photo ops when Mama Sandhill crane sitting on her eggs becomes less than exciting.4-13dragonfly4-13dragonfly1-24-13dragonfly24-13dragonfly34-13dragonfly44-13dragonfly5

And, speaking of taking the same picture over and over, you probably suspect that my Sandhill crane on the nest photo is the same one and I’m reusing it periodically.  But I’m not.  I was worried when I was away over the weekend, worried that I’d miss the new Sandhill crane chicks hatching.  I was so lucky to be on the spot to watch as it happened last year, so I was happy to see her still on the nest when I got back, that I didn’t miss anything.  And poor Mama has been out there through two really bad storms, and still she is out there.  And her mate is there also.  I love that guy.  But I see that the grass surrounding the nest is longer than it was last year, I hope it will be easy to see the chicks with my big new lens.  But then they didn’t spend a lot of time on the next last year anyhow, so it will be fine. She said, optimistically.

And the Little Blue Heron who is always on the post out there.  I can’t help but take pictures of him almost glowing in the sun.  Not the same photo all the time, it just looks like it.4-13littleblue

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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…

Bayport, Florida wildlife, nature, photography, Pine Island, rain, storms, sunset, weather

Getting there…

Two nights ago I went out for the sunset and didn’t realize until I got there that not only was my phone battery in the red, but so was my camera battery. And the spare wasn’t in the bag. I did get several shots of a new-to-me seagull with a very distinctive bill, but that was it. I’m seldom disappointed in a trip out, but I was that night.

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Then there was last night’s sunset expedition. It was raining as I drove to Pine Island, and I told myself I was nuts for going. I made the right turn onto the little road that dead ends at the beach, the one that snakes along with water on both sides. By now it was torrential rain and even the fastest setting of the windshield wipers weren’t enough to allow me to see clearly. But what I did see was a sign on the side of the road that announced ‘road under water’. Now I was scared. The road wasn’t underwater but the water on each side seemed level with the road, and with it raining as hard as it was I didn’t know how long it would take to actually be underwater. And I was afraid to try to turn around on that little road, so I kept driving. And driving. But then I saw a bit of extra pavement on the right side of the road that gave me the extra room to dare to reverse myself, so I did. And after I did I found myself driving through much less rainfall, and the clouds ahead were breaking up, with patches of blue, and I thought the sunset might not be a wash after all. So when I got to the stop sign at the end of that little road I took a right and headed to Bayport. It wasn’t the greatest sunset, but nice folks to talk with, and I quickly forgot how much trouble I was afraid I was in just a little while before. I really need a Keeper.

 

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Finding a way back to normal…

I think that the week of stress due to the hurricane and losing a friend has finally gotten to me. Worry over the decision to leave or not, then the change of direction of the storm when it was too late to choose to leave, it was more stress than I realized. I always did think that I was fine during a crisis, but felt the repercussions afterward. Plus work has been a lot harder also. I never, ever, gave a thought to what recovering from a hurricane meant for a business, it’s quite overwhelming.

I had been cooped up for nearly a week, so I ignored the clouds in the sky, and the thunder, and drove to Bayport for the sunset. It was so nice to find out that the sunset hasn’t lost it’s magic. As I drove over I saw that the sun was setting behind some dark clouds and I thought I’d be too late. But the colors were still pretty, even with the cloud cover. And a Jeep pulled into the parking lot, blasting the radio, but on my radio station! Maybe things really are getting back to normal.

And I didn’t forget to check the sky behind me…

 

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Waiting for Irma…

This waiting for a hurricane is a lot like watching paint dry. Not that I’m complaining because, as you can see, it’s been quite subdued so far, well, except for taking out my screen.  But I know there will be excitement soon enough. screen

People have been in shelters for days now if they heeded the orders to evacuate when they first called for it. I’m not in an evacuation zone, so I didn’t choose to stay on a whim. But as soon as the storm hit the news there was a run on bread, water, and toilet paper at the stores. People headed north on the highways, in bumper to bumper traffic. There were long lines at the gas stations, and they ran out of gas regularly, so loading up the car and heading out with the dogs seemed to have potential for getting stuck and riding the storm out in the car. For every house with boarded up windows there are 20, like mine, that aren’t boarded up. And the days have gone by and still we wait.

Overnight tonight is when it’s supposed to impact my area. I have readied the house, filled the bathtub with water though I’m not entirely sure why. Loaded bags of ice into the freezer. Brought in all the outdoor furniture. Before we lose electricity I did all the laundry and ironed all the clothes, and all my electronic devices are fully charged. I even emptied out the walk in closet and padded the floor with the outdoor furniture cushions, as suggested, so that the dogs and I can sleep in there while Irma rages. If needed of course, but I hope it isn’t.  I’ve been dreading the day the electric company comes along and chops a big chunk out of the magnolia tree out front because the power lines run through it. It’s a pretty tree, I hope it doesn’t take out the electricity tonight.

In all the clean up I found the remote to the Roku device, so now I can binge watch something on Netflix, as long as the electricity lasts. It’ll help pass the time.  And we wait.

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Severe weather alert…

Considering the recent weather in Texas I apologize for using this title, but this summer my phone has gotten these alarming weather alerts daily.  Most of them don’t pan out, or we have a thunderstorm that only last a few minutes, so it’s easy to ignore them.  But a few days ago my neighbor was on her lanai when a tree very close by took a direct lightning strike.  What a sound that made!  So we do need to pay attention when we get the alerts.

We were under one today when Zoe decided to she just had to go out.  That was annoying, but it wasn’t raining yet so off we went.  Then I paid no attention to the dogs because the elephant ear plant next door was blowing in the breeze, so I got my camera to see if I could capture the movement.  Meanwhile, the dogs were merrily swimming, and eating grass, and doing what comes naturally after eating grass.  But I was busy.

Besides the elephant ear plant, there was the sky!  A happy face in the clouds I think.  Plus one cloud with faint rainbow colors!  Dramatic sky, for a weather alert that didn’t pan out.  It cooled off so much I should have gotten the mower out, but that would have brought the rain for sure.

 

And there was one more surprise out there.  But my new little friend wants to keep his presence on the down low.  So don’t tell anyone!ShhWhen I came in I laid my phone on the table and this is what I saw, so of course I had to click…

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Now to get back to writing a blog post, which is what I was doing when I was so rudely interrupted…