Monday, February 20, 2017

Rainbow Springs State Park “Azaleas in Full Bloom”

February is the best time to visit Rainbow Springs.

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The weather is gorgeous in February and the Azaleas are in full bloom.

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We were surprised to see many of the Camelias were still blooming too!

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We walked and walked.

And I kept taking photos of the view of the Springs.

(and YES, there were several people swimming)

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Hubby took most of the flower close ups with his little Nikon P300.

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A wonderful hike!

Hey..WAIT FOR ME!!!

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It’s breathtaking, don’t you think?

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

“Flamingos” Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder!

I took one of the best photos I think I’ve ever taken.

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This is IT!

I thought about doing a post with just ONE photo!

But then what would I do with all the rest?

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Waste them?

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And then I had another thought.

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There are a lot of beautiful birds.

Mrs. Buzzard asked Mr. Buzzard if he thought she was the most beautiful bird.

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And look what he said!

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And what about this stork?

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He’s beautiful too!

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Well, maybe just one more Flamingo photo of my best photo cropped! lol

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All taken at Homasassa Wildlife Park.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday Hike!

Did you keep your hiking shoes handy?

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We’re going to Rainbow Springs State Park today!

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And if you live anywhere near this park, you should plan a visit this month!

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It is GORGEOUS!

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We’ve never seen the Azaleas with so many blooms!

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And the Camelias are still blooming too!

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I kept seeing fences as we walked so today I’ll try to stick to those photos.

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(and share the view in another post)

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Beauty!

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Everywhere you walk!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wild Bird Week!

Is it really wild bird week? No, I just made that up! But we’ve been on so many hikes lately that I may need to post pics every day for a week to share some of our sightings. And as I am sitting here with my computer (netbook) on my lap, I can see the bird feeders in our courtyard. And lo and behold!!! A bright orange Tanager flew in with the goldfinches and warblers! And no…I didn’t get a photo! Hope he comes back!

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warbler

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and another warbler

So here are some of the birds and critters we saw on a hike at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, FL last week!

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Great Blue Heron

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Little Blue Heron

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Little Blue

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Little Blue Too

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The lily pads have yellow buds all over them!

And if you look in the swamp close enough…

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you might see this!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed our hike today!

Keep those hiking shoes handy!

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Swim faster little ducks!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

*Happy Valentine’s Day *

I hope your day is filled with happiness

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and JOY!

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Just a few pretties around my house.

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I don’t have a whole lot but enjoy what I have.

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Let’s go out to the Lanai and see what the prim dollies have.

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I printed these little images from the internet.

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They are vintage Valentines, the type I remember from my childhood.

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Enjoy your day!

(today AND tomorrow)

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Swimming with the Manatees!

Put on your swimming gear for this next adventure!

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February is the best month for viewing the endangered Manatees in a number of Forida State Parks.

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We went to Homosassa State Wildlife Park and stood under a pavillion to watch swimmers with the manatees.

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It’s the first time we’ve seen someone spend this much time with one.

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There was a Mama and baby close by.

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Then we walked down a trail to see even more!

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Do you see those huge dark humps in the water?

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That is over 100 Manatees enjoying the warmer temps in Crystal Springs!

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It’s the most we’ve ever seen at one time!

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AMAZING!!!

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They are often called Sea Cows (they are herbivores and graze up to 7 hours a day), weigh around 1,300 pounds and are around 12 ft in length. Would you be brave enough to get in the water and pet one?

I’m not sure I would…can I bring my camera?

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