April 22, 2018


Patrick Tillett

I'm afraid that there will always be a battle between those who care about our planet, and those who just don't give a crap...

The coloring on the spoonbills is amazing!


Fantastic shots and words. It is so important to preserve vulnerable ecosystems. The hard work of environmental organizations have never been more important.


lovely photos, the natural world needs lots of people to stand up for it

Stewart M

What wonderful places bogs are - much undervalued! I think some leaders are trying to send the whole word back into the past!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Here too...it's been dry. We need rain. Beautiful birds this week Sallie.

Thanks for joining & sharing this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin.

Hildred Finch

Great post Sallie, and wonderful photos.


It's good to see the area is being looked after, it's so neat to see birds and wildlife enjoying it.

Michelle Banks

Wetlands are so important as I learned when looking up info on my property wetland woods... Great photos...Michelle


It is a wonderful place, Sallie! And your pics are great!

Eileen Wise

Hello, Sallie! What a great way to spend Earth Day. Corkscrew was one of my favorite places to visit and see the wildlife. Your birds and photos are wonderful. I love the Night Heron and Spoonbill. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Great shots.

Jennifer Jilks

From this side of the border, it is shocking to see the laws and regulations being cut.
I love living in a wetland. Such joy.

Peter B.

Wonderful post, and so true about the current administration. Seems like a perfect way to spend Earth Day!


Gorgeous captures! If we don't take conservation seriously, we won't have anything left. Thanks for linking up today.


this is such a beautiful memorial to earth day. nature, the animals, the earth is so important to me. i can't imagine my life without the gifts given to me by mother nature!!

your images are beautiful and this was a great post for today!! i LOVE the spoonbills!!

NatureFootstep PhotoArt

It is strange how people can distande themselves from nature and treat it like crap. Such a beautiful place.


A pink bird that is not a flamingo. There is something so exotic about lily pads and flowers. Too bad the only thing Trump cares about is dollar signs and gold. This was such a nice Earth Day post.


Thank you.
I'm perfectly ok and must be perfectly ok to enjoy every beautiful parts of the world, especially going through the virtual holidays with you.
Only that, I find less motivation to write, to be visible nowadays.
I spend most of my free time running.
I have completed one marathon recently, I am going to have one 32km run in July, and to complete the year with another 42km in November.
I enjoy all these running, though already 57 years old.
Wanna join me?


MaryBeth Schwartz

And happy but belated Earth Day to you although every day should be earth day. Lovely photos and great sayings.


It is great that there are still places like this with so much natural beauty but it is true all over the world that natural environments are being destroyed in the name of development.


Dear Sallie, once again I must comment on your delightful post, but also I want to thank you for your delightful comments on my Ocala blog. I got to thinking as I read through this post again how "swamps" get a bad name. The orange-headed monster won by claiming he was going to "drain the swamp," meaning he'd get rid of the bad guys in Washington. Of course, as we knew, he brought in some of the world's worst to enrich themselves at the taxpayer's expense. And we know, being Floridians, that swamps are essential for Florida's survival. Our criminal governor doesn't seem to know that as he'd give the Everglades away to those who would eventually destroy it. So keep showing the world our swamps and their beauty and maybe we can rid Washington of the chief scumbag and send Scott back to Texas where he belongs - not to the Senate!

Linda in Virginia

Excellent post. I don't know why humans like to mess with nature; we are so egotistical.

Jim, Sydney, Australia


Kelleyn Rothaermel

The spoonbill is really pretty1

Betty Crow

Enjoyed seeing the herons and the spoonbills are beautiful. Good reading here.


Dearest Sallie; What a GORGEOUS DAY at the sanctuary and SO wonderfully arranged♪ I should have thought about the Earth Day, as the blog led me realize the beauty of nature more. Thank you so much; LOVED your "quotes", Sallie☆☆☆
Herons are one of my favorite birds as I can see them frequently, but wish to see one like Roseate Spoonbill which I haven'seen once.
Have a wonderful spring week.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

riitta k

What a great post, In Finland we have grounded many protected Natural Parks / Forests in spite of the fact that our paper manufacturing industry exploits fully our forests.

ellen b

A great post for Earth Day, Sallie. We need to understand our responsibility in being good stewards of this earth God created for us to enjoy. Lovely photos!

Little Wandering Wren

I have enjoyed your thoughtful post, I agree we should all cherish our Earth more ... and vote for politicians across the world who support this view!
Wren x

Linda Brown

I love your swamp photos.

betty - NZ

What great critters, so well worth your trek into the swamp! I love the photos you share as they are such different creatures than what I see here in NZ.

David Gascoigne

The Everglades has the potential of being one of the great natural wonders of the world. In all of my visits there I have never ceased to be in awe of the wonderful array of life in this unique system. I am sure that Trump views Florida only in terms of Mar-a-lago and never gives the Everglades a moment’s thought. In fact, given his level of ignorance about just about everything he probably couldn’t even describe it. It was a very sad day for America when they elected this buffoon to be their leader/would be dictator.


Enjoyed seeing your photos:)


Wow really great birdshots


So much of what makes Florida such a great place to live depends upon the vitality of the Everglades. Unfortunately, Gov. Scott and his crooked friends in high places have worked hard to destroy the Everglades ever since they took office. We need to retire his sorry behind and get a governor and a senator who care enough about the state to do right by it!


Sallie - such an appropriate post for Earth Day. As a fellow nature lover, I need no encouragement, but we must persist in persuading the hearts and minds of those who don't know nature.

That's why this quote of yours really resonated with me:
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."


Beautiful photos, Sally. I love the colour on those spoonbills. We do need to preserve our natural lands and protect the environment as much as possible.

Lady Fi

Beautiful shots! I too am grateful for organisations and individuals who fight for the good of our planet.


Glad the understanding came about! Our wetlands are so important. Beautiful photos!


Saving nature is saving ourselves and thus why we pass along the knowledge and legacy. Thanks for doing your part.


Looks like a fabulous place


Great series of photos! A part of nature worth to be preserved for posterity.

Lavender Dreamer

I felt so weird reading that first quote on the sign....every unclean and hateful bird! I thought WHAT!!!! And then I went on to read more. I know a lot of our readers think that swamps are nasty and dirty places. I wish they could see the tiny plants and huge Cypress trees that grow in them. And it's a chance to see such a variety of nature...and you only see a tiny part of it. I want to copy some of these quotes in my journal tonight. I need to do a post like this soon too! Thank you SO much for these words of wisdom. We are surrounded by beauty! Hugs, Diane


I agree wholeheartedly, Dallie! We have to protect our natural resources as the earth--both nature and wildlife-- is a delicate balance and needs protection.Thank goodness for organizations that workd= towards increasing understanding and preservation. They are worthy of our dollars and support!

Sylvia D.

Sallie, You always have great bird photos. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.


A fascinating sanctuary-perhaps the best I have seen. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos and script!


Wonderful story telling assisted by the signage and your wonderful photographs of herons and spoonbills, this was a tour I really enjoyed. The Roosevelt quote is as valid today as it ever was. Keep up the good fight, dear Sallie.

nancy chan

I hope more people in power will appreciate nature more and preserved them instead of destroying them.

Penelope Puddlisms

“Hateful” … what an amazing word used to describe birds. I’m so grateful to all who toil to keep the natural world from disappearing completely, especially during this time of little support in key places. Indeed, currently the environment is in the hands of a throwback who lacks in that “understanding”. Hopefully, it’s a temporary step back. With a sanctuary named Corkscrew, it's hard not to have hope and a smile.

Su-sieee! Mac

How did so many of us forget that we are the stewards of the Earth? When did it start? There's nothing difficult at all to use our natural resources, kindly and sensibly. Environmental regs being repealed doesn't mean we have to go back to being stupid and greedy. Let's see how that goes. Oh-oh, I better leave before a soap box appears beneath my feet. See ya, Sallie :-)


Your photos show the unique beauty of the wetlands. The understanding of their importance is such a recent development


Well the director of the EPA has said he wanted to destroy the EPA and the secretary of the interior is another Trump toady more interested in fossil fuel than the health of the planet, so.
Beautiful shots, you know how I love a good heron photo, will be trying to get some again in a few weeks.
Love those spoonbills, it's like they're wearing tied dyed t-shirts


Totally agree, I think we are heading backwards in so many ways including conserving out wildlands including swamps.

Bob Bushell

Nice story, and the nature, they are fantastic, thanks Sallie.

A ShutterBug Explores

Yes, it is a beautiful place and your photos have captured it well ~

Happy Week ahead to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Hootin' anni

Sallie...what a beautiful area! And, of course, GREAT BIRDS.


So very true.
. I have been taking a break from my soap box so happy there are good people like you to keep the fire burning. Lovely post.


Loved this post Sallie. Your photos brought back a lot of good memories from our own trip to Corkscrew Swamp a few years ago. I hope we get back there one day, it is gorgeous! Let's hope it will be there for our children and our children's children.


Great photos and a beautiful part of the world. I hope there continues to be enough people who value it as it is now!


Lovely shots, Florida has always had those who abuse the environment. We have to keep fighting.


There are some vary valid and contemporary words there Sallie. Like you and many others I hope our message of conservation is making headway because once we destroy the natural world through greed, money for the few at the expense of the many, there is no turning back. 1685 to 1783 and still we fight the same battles!

If there is a hell the destroyers will surely end up there.

William Kendall

Beautiful shots!

If Teddy Roosevelt would see what his current successor and gang of kleptocrats are doing, he'd be livid.

Villroses hage

Beautiful flowers and birds!
Finally mankind have learned?


I hate to hear that many of the public lands are being opened to development rather than continuing to receive protection. - Margy

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