We stayed close to home this week -- no boat trips, no interesting day-trips ... just an ordinary week at the Canal Cottage.
We stayed home -- but we were almost the only ones on the Canal who did! This is the annual obligatory shot of our empty canal with some of the vacation homes already shuttered up for the hurricane season and nearly all of the boats pulled out. (You can see ours nearly at the end on the right.)
Most people leave for their summer homes in April or May. There are only a few people who live year-round here in the resort. We usually arrive later in the season than most of our fellow snow-birds and we stay later at the end. It works better for our schedule.
It's summer temperatures here already. Walks (or rides on the purple tricycle) have to be early in the morning or in the evening. It's really hot mid-day, but I went out with the camera one afternoon purposely to "pick" these subtropical spring flowers.
These are some of the birds I see sometimes on morning walks. I haven't had very good luck woodpecker hunting this year and I'm not happy with my pictures at all. Some mornings I see the red-headed, the red-bellied, and a pair of pileated woodpeckers. I haven't even been able to get a bad picture of the pileateds. (There are a couple of my better woodpecker posts from other years in the links below). You'd think since they are the largest they would be easier, but they just won't ever stay in one place. I'll keep trying.
The blue jay loves this one yard -- it's the only place in the resort where I consistently see it.
This is the other end of our Canal. You can see the Caloosahatchie River out there.