Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Friday, March 17, 2017

Wood Storks and Iguanas at the Wakodatahatchee Wetlands~


 Four Florida holiday posts published and completed, two more after this one and then done...  
It has been such fun going over these images these past few weeks, for I get to not only share with you friends, but kind of make my visit one more time with each post in the series.  
This entry we are back at the Wakodatahatchee Wetlands and this time visiting with the Iguanas and Wood Storks who all live together in the same trees along with other species of birds. 
I imagine that it is the Wood Stork whereby babies just born in children's nursery rhymes are being carried.  ;) 

Since my week long visit to see daughter Ashleigh and her husband, they have been back home in Ky for two weeks, back down to Florida for a week, and then arrived again here Tuesday.  
They are in town for a very important event that will be held on March 30th.
How many of you know of someone in your life who was bullied?  How many of you have known of someone who bullied you, or a family member?  
It is a terribly horrific issue and has come in epidemic proportions.  Parents, teachers, counselors, caregivers, for the most past are not equipped to know how to handle these situations when we hear about them.  Some of these precious young people even take their life, as they can no long take the bullying.  
My youngest daughter Ashleigh is the President of a non-profit organization here in the states called "Be Strong".   She and her team are heading up an event to be held here in our city of Louisville on March 30.  
I will be sharing more later.  
We would appreciate your best thoughts and prayers~

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I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

My First "Mystery Birds" Black Skimmers~




Finding these birds one day while walking the beach down in Florida last month was certainly a sweet surprise for me, as I had never seen them before.  On my second day there, I came upon a small group of what I would learn are called Black Skimmers.  "Google" described them also as "Mystery Birds"  They are unique because their eye pupils are like cat eyes with vertical slits.   They also have amazing bills that are very thin and the lower part of the mandible is quite a bit longer than the upper part.  These birds fly quickly over the water and stay low to the surface and as the bird's lower mandible glides over the water, when it touches something it will close it's bill and hopefully will have caught a fish for supper ;)

I did a whole lot of photography while visiting our youngest daughter and her husband.    I have three more shares from my journey following this one. 
Here is to hoping that you all are enjoying the last leg of Winter where you are.  We have had a very mild season, maybe 2 to 3" of snow total.  Today it is going to reach 70, and then the temperatures will drop once again and we could get some snow over the weekend, but I am not holding my breath.  There is just something so pristine and lovely with a nice snowfall, and of course the taking of the photos.
Be blessed, stay safe and enjoy your week~


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Among the Black Skimmers were a few Royal Terns, another new bird for me.  I will share more about them in a future post~