This is a morning sky shot taken from our back porch. It's beautiful and very quiet on the Canal now. Most snowbirds have left Florida for their summer homes.
We are snowbirds too, but we usually come a little later and stay a little longer than most of our friends. In the sunshine areas that snowbirds frequent, the six-month season is usually defined as October through April, with the busiest months being January, February and March. We usually don't arrive until December.
So during the month of May we like to pretend we're full-time Floridians. Just like the people who really are, we talk about how thankful we are to get around Fort Myers now that there are fewer cars and fewer people. (And it really is wonderful.) The weather is beautiful here now, but I do start to miss Oregon Springtime a little bit by the end of April.
So I was delighted when our daughter texted a bunch of photos of their yard. All of the flowers in the mosaic below are blooming in their Oregon backyard right now:
The up-side of staying in Florida during May is that we miss the worst month of the Oregon hay-fever season. The down-side is that we miss typical Spring flowers almost completely (it's too hot here for most of them). So I loved the reminder of Oregon springs. (I've showed the beautiful big Black Walnut Tree in the center picture often, because we hang out under it a lot during the summer and fall. But isn't it beautiful in the Spring? (I had almost forgotten myself.)
Now back to Florida for some Spring birds:
Woodpeckers are our morning alarm clock these days. They are fun to see and (usually) to hear. And they are part of the reason why we know it's Spring. The temperatures don't seem much different now, but the birds know what season it is and we start to see Spring migrants here, just the same as everywhere else in the Spring.
Ospreys are everywhere ... we ate at the waterfront restaurant on the top left last week -- a farewell dinner with friends on one of their last days here. When we came out this guy was sitting on a telephone pole directly above where our car was parked. Every living creature has to eat!
This is a view of Fort Myers from the dock of a different waterfront restaurant. We've been eating out with friends quite a lot lately as people finish up their season. Making more Florida memories to take home until next season rolls around.
LINKING this week to the following sharing opportunities: : OUR WORLD on Tuesday; MOSAIC MONDAY; ALL SEASONS; NATURE NOTES; THROUGH MY LENS; FLORAL BLISS; WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY; Wednesday AROUND the WORLD; THANKFUL THURSDAY; SKYWATCH FRIDAY; SATURDAY CRITTERS; and RATHER B'BIRDING.
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