Our Florida season is drawing toward the end. Although we still have over two weeks before we actually close things up here, we've been busy with all those end-of-the-year home projects that seem to add up ... and besides that we've had thunder and lightning storms almost every day this past week (the rainy season has arrived early in SW Florida). So there are no new adventures to blog about. But I have pictures that somehow didn't get used in previous posts, especially from the super-busy first part of the season -- and this seems like a good time to use them.
I took (and posted) a million pictures of our November cruise, but most of my posts were about our ports-of-call. We often saw these frigate birds from our room deck but their pictures didn't make it into any of those posts. (Here's a link to the cruise posts, just in case you missed them earlier.)
In December, on our first Florida exploration of the season, we traveled to Homosassa and Crystal River. This owl got overshadowed by all of the colorful flamingos and wood ducks and didn't make it into earlier posts about this trip. But he deserves to be remembered!
We saw the New Year in with boat club friends at Salty Sam's Marina on Fort Myers Beach. And later in January we caught up with other good friends and favorite places ... and counted our blessings under beautiful skies.
We were happy to play hosts to our brother and sister-in-law from Spokane, who visited us in February -- (I'm pretty sure you can tell from the pictures whose brother our visitor is as he poses with Bill.) We enjoyed seeing our area through the eyes of these first-time Florida visitors. These are some pictures that didn't get into the previous post on their trip -- they were taken at Fort Myers Beach (pictures 1, 2, 3), Six Mile Cypress, and after an airboat ride in the Everglades.
We saw damaged boats like this every time we took our own boat out on the water -- a reminder of the hurricane that visited our part of Florida during the summer (when we were in Oregon). We were fortunate not to have significant damage to our neighborhood (or any of our boats).
We enjoyed boat club activities every month of the season --boating, beach-combing, exploring, and eating. Being out on the water makes everybody hungry!
Lizards like this one were everywhere on our March car-trip to the Redlands area. And I took the picture of the little sparrow below on that trip too -- while we were stopped by the side of the road to look at maps. You would think that with all the pretty palm trees and other greenery, the poor thing could find somewhere to perch besides a barbed-wire fence.
Things slowed down a little in April and I don't think I omitted any pictures over the past couple of months (and this post is plenty long enough anyway) .....
It has been another great season in Florida and, as always, we are grateful to be able to enjoy nature and friends here in the winter sunshine.
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