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







Thursday, February 23, 2017

Forty Entries, Three Speices, My Best Efforts~



Of the many places that I visited with my daughter and son-in-law two years ago, the top place I wanted to return to was the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida.  The diversity of birds, the huge numbers, the exceptional layout of the boardwalk that enables you to get close enough to the birds for great photography, but also allows these birds their ease with which to act as they do in normal situations outside of this sanctuary of sorts.  The first week in February is a great time to visit.  The week I was there, many of the birds were hustling about gathering twigs for their nest.  While many were in the nest preparation stage, others had already began the brooding process, and some of the Wood Stork population to be shared in an upcoming post were still in the choosing a mate  stage.  In this post entry, I have shared my best of the Great Blue Heron activity, and Anhinga.  Regrettably the best images of the Anhinga, also have a nice twig across the face of one in several photos, but it is the wild of nature after all ;)
I hope many will enjoy this set, it is one of my favorite so far.
Happy Weekend~

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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Stewart for:










The images above were taken about thirty minutes before the set below~
































I was first introduced to the Anhinga on my first visit to the Wetlands two years ago and love them~







































The buff colouration on the bird below shows it to be a first year bird~







Saturday, February 18, 2017

Begin Visit with Daughter Ashleigh and Her Husband in Sunny Florida~




February 2, I was able to fly down and visit with our youngest daughter Ashleigh and her husband Matthew in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Ashleigh is the President of  "Be Strong" a non-profit global organization. I was very pleased to be able to meet with the CEO Roy Moore and his wife Lisa during my stay.  Coming soon will also be a visit to the Palm Beach Equestrian Center where Lisa rides, but that will be another story shared in coming weeks.   My first morning I spent some sweet time connecting with the wonderful people who along with Ashleigh help create a very well run support system to Stop Bullying. I was treated to tasty muffins, coffee and juice selections and also received a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers.

  
We are so proud of what they are doing for the youth and their families to try and get this a horrific issue a part of the past.  Sadly they have a very long way to go, for every day children are being bullied and many even commit suicide.  

I enjoyed being within a five minute walk from Pompano Beach and watching the sunrise and collecting seashells and walking the beach to the pier and back.  It was a good thing for my knees as well.  The sunrises were glorious and in coming posts and this I will share a few. 

In posts coming soon, I will be sharing many more entries from Florida...
Some of the things to look forward to will be images of Great Blue Herons, and Wood Storks creating their very large nests among many like minded birds such as the Anhingas and Green Herons, while Iguanas share their tree space and Alligators swim beneath.   My first introduction to the Royal Terns as well as the "Mystery Birds" Black Skimmers... I was in awe of so many beautiful sights while in sunny and warm Florida.  
Here is hoping that you will be sure to stop by and check them out.  I will be taking time this week to catch up with many blog that I follow and have been missing~ 

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
                                              https://normandylife.blogspot.com/


Stewart for:

























On one of my early morning walks I saw this cute pooch carrying home with his master a Coconut.  Here are a few of the many sights that I would see.



On the first full day of my visit we were all treated to lunch at Houston's.  What a beautiful place to enjoy fine dining, great company and lovely scenes~




We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Sea Watch overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Coastline. The  Lobster Bisque is always a favorite of mine and Ashleigh's.  The Crispy Calamari was really light and tasty as well~


Ashleigh took the image of me below shooting photos with my camera, using my cell phone ;) The Iguanas can be found all over the place in South Florida~


The Green Heron was looking for breakfast down at Lighthouse Cove in Pompano~









Caught this Seagull yawning just like I often was first of the morning.  I would arise very early and make my way in the dark to get to the beach, so that I wouldn't miss any part of sunrise. The Seagulls and Sandpipers were always near where I walked~









 Mr and Mrs. Boat-tailed Grackles were frequent company to the Pelicans on the fishing pier.  The male is the black feathered beauty and the female the lovely shades of brown with rufous tones~