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Weekiwachee Preserve…

At the end of the day my phone app showed the least distance walked today of any of us. Just under 5 miles. We walked the trails and then weren’t sure whether to turn around and retrace our steps or continue the loop around the lake, not knowing exactly how far that walk would be. Our phones showed a series of small lakes, and it was tempting to try a ‘short cut’, and to continue the loop looked like it was going to be a very long way. If I had known it was only going to be five miles I wouldn’t have worried. Shade on the trail would have been nice also, but there was a breeze and yes, Florida has cooled off somewhat.

The big surprise of the day was when two young bucks chased each other across the road and proceeded to battle with each other for a minute, and then they dashed back into the woods. What an unexpected treat that was to see.

Zoomed and cropped to the max, but at least we can see them.
Bees aren’t so common to see lately.
Butterflies were scarce also.
I was reminded of the Tetons when I saw this cloud.
Egrets are so common to see, but their elegance is hard to resist.
On you walk, with no idea where the trail will lead you.
We stuck to the main trail, mostly to avoid ticks.
It seems likely that there were gators around, somewhere.
What a handsome boy he is.
Not all reflections are in the water!

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Before the crowds…

With Sunday’s photography class still on my mind I was anxious to go out and shoot again, and Tarpon Springs seemed to be a good choice of destination. I was happy to get there early so that I could find parking that I didn’t have to pay for, but I was too early to find the crowds of people that I had imagined ahead of time. On the other hand, Tarpon Springs is hardly ever so quiet, so that’s a story all it’s own.

It was nice to see that pretty blue sky and puffy white clouds for a change. I think I got a little carried away but I had fun…

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Advanced composition…

That was the name of the class that my friend and I attended today, It was a wonderful class and we stopped on the way home to take pictures. I’d like to say that I tried to apply some of what I learned in the class to the photos I was taking, because you are supposed to visualize the photo you want ahead of time and then make it happen. Beginners ‘spray and pray’, which means you take a zillion pictures and hope you get a good one. I confess, I’m guilty of that. But we had fun today, and practice makes perfect, or so I’m told. I tried to whip them into shape through cropping, at least to some extent.

A long, interesting stem with tiny flowers on the end.
Bugs, because they were there.
Halloween colors on the bugs.
We got caught in the rain, but that didn’t stop us.
Gnomes on the brain again. I thought that looked like a gnome door at the playground.
Magnificent live oak at Hammock Park.
On to Anclote Gulf Park where this cute fishy was caught, but then released. Betty’s detective work came up with the name Scrawled Cowfish.
This great blue heron is looking out of the frame so it’s not a good picture, but I liked the rocks.
An ever-present osprey on the hunt.
Great blue again, but with some repeating pattern…
A tricolor heron in the weeds…
Welcome to Hammock Park. Gotta love the boots.
A water feature, of sorts.
This great blue appears to have a wound to his wing, here’s hoping he can fly.
You have to drive in through a marina to find Miss Vicki’s where we had lunch. Seems that Yamaha has a lock on those outboard motors.
I missed this picture the other day. This little blue heron has a frog he was about to eat. Life just isn’t a Disney movie, as much as I might wish it was.

We got rained on while we were taking pictures at Hammock Park, but we were luckier while we had lunch outdoors by the water. What a nice day…

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At John Chestnut park…

An early morning errand brought me almost to John Chestnut park, so of course I dropped by to see what I might see. I found lots of dog walkers, a few photographers, joggers pushing baby carriages, and more. Wait, let me show you…

There were deer along the road as I drove into the park, and some very cooperative dragonflies along the boardwalk.

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Sunbathers…

Many adorable birds thanks to the sunflower seeds that someone had left along the way. And squirrels of course, always squirrels.

Wildlife of another variety entirely…

I heard him pecking, so I stuck around until I spotted him. This was my first photo shoot with a pileated woodpecker, who paid no attention to me at all. He gathered a small crowd before he finally flew away.

I have spent probably too much time lately coloring in a fun book that features gnomes. Maybe that’s why these cypress knees looked to me like a mysterious gathering of gnomes in the woods.

Of all the activities I saw going on in the park I think I liked this one the best. A woman taking a moment to rest and enjoy the view.

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Simple skies…

Talking with a friend the other day reminded me of how much my husband and I enjoyed looking at the skies here in Florida. I remember driving to the house from the airport and we would point out the beautiful clouds to each other. And the palm trees were a marvel also. We spent three years traveling from Maryland to our home in Florida, just visiting, but anticipating the day when we would make it our permanent home. That was fifteen years ago now, and I’m still marveling at the skies and the palm trees.

And so Florida eventually became our permanent home, except the word permanent doesn’t hold as much meaning for me as it did 15 years ago. I’m pretty sure that I would have been horrified if I’d have had an inkling of where 15 years would bring me. I would never have believed that I’d feel so at peace as I do. Just looking at the sky and seeing what each day brings…

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The nick of time…

Note to self; be sure to check the tides before you head to Green Key for the sunrise. It was just dumb luck that the tide was low the last time I went there. Low tide lets you walk out far enough that the shrubbery isn’t blocking your view. But this morning all I worried about was how warm and muggy the morning was even at 6:30 AM, so I doused myself liberally with bug spray and headed out. And sure enough, there was color in the sky, but no view, which sent me scrambling to the nearby bridge where I like to take pictures also. Got there just in the nick of time.

I was really hoping to see the spoonbills at Green Key today also. It wasn’t to be. Next time there is low tide I’ll try again.