It was a sky to make your heart soar.
This was what I saw as I drove down Bayshore Road on the way to do an errand. (picture snapped through the window at a stop sign).
The top picture is how the sky looked by the time I was able to pull off the road and get out of the car.
In a stroke of pure serendipity, I had stopped near the field where our "local eagles" live and they were both at home (see here). I waited a while to see if they would soar across that sky, but they were settled in for the night.
What a wonderful evening!
FOR: SKYWATCH FRIDAY. Thanks to Yogi, Sylvia, and Sandy.
A few of you have asked about Ozzie and Harriet, the pair of North Fort Myers eagles who hatched two eggs last season and saw them fledge successfully. (Click here) The eagle cam which the property owners installed has given "our" pair of eagles a world-wide fan base.
The eagle couple returned to SW Florida about the same time as all the rest of us "snow-birds" -- and they too spent quite a few days on "nestoration".
And Harriet has again laid two eggs! The new season's nest watch has begun.
The pictures below are bad, because I was shooting directly into that remarkable pre-sunset. There will be more .... hopefully better ... pictures as the season progresses.
I believe that this is Harriet on the nest and Ozzie keeping watch on the nearby snag. But it could be the other way round. They take turns.
Here is the link to the SW Florida eagle web cam (which you can see on the tree in the picture at the bottom left). The website is even more commercial this year. I guess you can't blame the property owners for wanting to make some money to pay for the webcam... or just to cash in on the eagles popularity. So far, it is still commercial-free to visit in person and we plan to do that often!
Seasons greetings from here in the subtropics.
The weather is a little different, but the Christmas spirit is the same.
At Fisherman's Village in Punta Gorda last night there were more dolphins than reindeer. Santa's sleigh is even pulled by leaping dolphins!
Whatever pulls your sleigh, we wish you all the joys of the Holiday season!
This was the morning show outside our RV window one day way back at the end of September -- and way across the country in Oregon.
We watched as our bright-eyed and bushy-tailed friend scampered about hunting for that elusive acorn.
He was sure he remembered burying it somewhere out there in the field .
He finally found what he was looking for ... and posed beautifully as he savored his hard-won breakfast.
Sure do hope he stocked up well back then because that field is covered with a foot of snow now (or so we have been told). I miss these pretty gray-silver squirrels ... the ones here in Florida are reddish brown and much smaller.
These pictures from the not-too-far-distant past are linked to Eileen's new SATURDAY CRITTERS meme. Thanks for hosting!!
When we went out on our boat the other day, I took some pictures from underneath this freeway bridge repair project. We drive over this bridge often but it's much easier to photograph from the water. I thought maybe taking the pictures would help me to understand a little better what they're doing. It didn't really work -- it still remains largely a mystery.
But the tall cranes seem to do a good job of pointing out our beautiful blue Florida sky and fluffy white clouds, so I'm linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY.
According to the Captain of our boat (Bill), someday in the not-too-distant future, those pilings under the existing bridge will support the new one.
This freeway is about 2 miles from where we live and this season when the wind is right (or wrong, I guess) we have been able to hear the pile drivers, especially in the evenings. (The project has been going on for a couple of years and now the crew seems to be working extra long hours to finish the project. It's supposed to be completed by summer of 2014 .)
It will be good to have it finished.
Thanks to Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy for hosting SF. Click the links.
Save on water ...
(With a friend and with an audience too probably .... really this was just an outdoor, rinse-off-the-sand sort of shower between the beach and a restaurant where we stopped for lunch.)
For Lesley's SIGNS SIGNS. Many thanks.
We spotted at least a dozen Roseate Spoonbills last week on a day trip to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. As soon as we see these beautiful pink feathers, we know for sure that we're back in Florida. (No birds like these in our native Pacific Northwest.)
Raft of white pelicans
Roseate spoonbills and white pelicans
Roseate spoonbill, little blue heron, egret, cormorant, and unidentified bird on the left behind the little egret.
Linking this lovely Florida day to OUR WORLD on Tuesday and WILD BIRD Wednesday. Thank you to Lady Fi and the rest of the fabulous host team for OWT: Arija, Gattina, Sylvia, and Sandy. And to STUART for hosting the wonderful WBW.
The shelling is great on Southwest Florida beaches.
Nowadays, we pretty much collect only by camera.
I'd never heard the word "shelling" before we came to Florida. In the Pacific Northwest (on the Pacific Ocean) we just say 'collecting shells.'
Whatever it's called and however we gather them, I enjoy it.
The breeze ruffled its feathers, but the surf wasn't too cold for this willet who was fishing at Cayo Costa State Park.
A little further on, I watched another willet who really just seemed to be enjoying the water instead of hunting for food.
It darted in and out of the surf, like a little kid playing on the beach.
Running this way and that way.
All tired out, time to rest on the beach.
Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY, hosted by Stewart. Thank you!
Cayo Costa is a Florida State Park that is accessible only by water. We took the Tropic Star ferry from Pine Island for our day trip.
It was the best kind of Island Time. Quiet, peaceful and perfect beachcombing weather (too cool for the swimmers, perfect for the walkers and nappers).
Top left is the ferry loading up at the Pine Island Marina where it picked us up. They loaded camping gear (even someone's kayak) first, then the beach bags and then the people ... campers and day trippers.
Top right shows a few of the vacation homes (really) that we boated past -- they are on Useppa, a private island known for its luxury resorts and private homes.
Bottom row is the dock at the park, the ferry motoring in to pick us up at the end of the day and the tram that drove us back and forth from the beach -- it's about two miles from the dock.
A day at the beach was part of OUR WORLD last week. Thank you to Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy, Arija, Gattina and Jenn --the wonderful bloggers who host OW each and every week.