I took a lunch break while trekking through the park the other day. I thought it would be fun to sit next to the pond and see whatever there was to see while I ate my granola bars. I wasn’t the only one with that idea – I shared my lunch break with this female Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). She had her eye on something else to eat though…
I’ll be sharing photos of Florida wildlife this week, while visiting family for the holidays. Here are just a few images, a preview of the flora and fauna flourishing in this tropical-feeling place:
The city of Winter Park, FL is near Orlando, and the dominant tree is the Live Oak, (Quercus virginiana). Acorns are falling from the trees in such abundance and such frequency, that the sound of the acorns hitting the sidewalks and streets quickly becomes one of those sounds that is more noticeable when absent than when present. I have completely fallen in love with these magnificent trees, dripping with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoid).
The Live Oaks provide the perfect haven for squirrels – gray squirrels, I believe:
What can you do in 95 minutes?
Run errands. Go out to eat. Watch a TV show or two. Play a game of cards or even Scrabble.
Do a load of laundry. Clean the kitchen AND the bathroom. Run to the grocery store.
Go outside and walk around with your camera. Don’t have 95 minutes? I’ll share mine. I took these photos around my home between 5:34pm and 7:09pm. 95 minutes well spent!
It has been awhile since I’ve penned a post here at Birder’s Lounge, and it is nice to be writing again. Like this Great Blue Heron, I have been waiting patiently – the heron, for a chance at an evening meal, and me, for a chance to share some photos and some thoughts. This heron, BTW, was standing in what had to be frigid water, since it was about 40 degrees that day! I actually thought I saw him shivering…but maybe it was my imagination. Or my empathy. Read the rest of this entry »