Now that the weather is nice and warm (make that HOT hot hot), manatees no longer congregate where the waters are warmed by the nearby power plant. This time of year, they can spread out and enjoy warm water in the river and the gulf. They'll be back to their 'hot tub spa' next winter.
But Manatee Park in North Fort Myers is still a good place for a morning walk close to home -- and always a sure bet for picture opportunities.
The flowers above are from the Native Plant Demonstration Garden.
The Park is only a couple of miles from home but I didn't get an early start. Most birds (sensibly) hide during the hot part of the day and it was already late in the morning. But the Blue Jay wasn't letting the heat keep him from this pretty perch.
The Passion Vine isn't native to this area but it has been planted out of necessity as a supplemental host plant for certain species of butterflies.
This pretty dragon fly posed nicely.
I saw lots of butterflies, but these two were the only ones that landed long enough for a picture. (Note to self: Get out there earlier in the morning. Butterflies are more active after it warms up.)
We're at countdown mode, getting organized for our semi-annual migration in a couple of weeks, so it's a busy time around the Canal Cottage. A couple of hours in the park was a good way to get energized for the week ahead.
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Thank you to all of the hosts.