April 08, 2018


David Gascoigne

I wonder how many people have been turned onto birds by their first encounter with a Roseate Spoonbill? It is a very dramatic species and it's hard to believe that anyone could see it without wanting to learn a little more about it. For me it is the signature bird of Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, although I understand that it was a rarity there for a while following a series of hurricanes a few years ago.

handmade by amalia

I like everything about your Roseate Spoonbills, from the fab color to the fancy name.

Hootin' anni

For this week, I send my thanks to you for sharing with us bird lovers at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

Loved this post...my favorite is the spoonbill with the vignette effect.


Wow....loved this..we are waiting for a major ice storm and 3 inches of rain..I hope we keep power....sigh...


I visited the Corkscrew years ago and still remember it well! Saw my first Bald Eagle there.


Hello Sallie, Corkscrew was one of my favorite places to visit. I love the birds there, the Spoonbill and Painted Bunting are favorites. The castle and garden are beautiful, the man is amazing.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks also for the comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!


wow very clever, I'm loving the bright pink Bougainvillia flowers.

Photo Cache

I love seeing the roseate spoonbills. I wish we have them here.

A ShutterBug Explores

Fascinating post and photos! Sounds like a great time!

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie

The coral castle is so interesting. Enjoyed the beautiful birds, too. I think I would love to see a painted bunting! - Karen

Peter B.

Amazing that one man working alone could accomplish so much!


What a talented man. I cannot imagine the work it took to build that castle. Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend!

Magical Mystical Teacher

Color, color, everywhere!

Kay L. Davies

I'm back for a second visit, coming from Skywatch Friday this time, but no less impressed.
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

NatureFootstep PhotoArt

wow, this is extraordinary. Amazing work for one man :) Thanks for sharing.

Judy Biggerstaff

Beautiful pics from your walk. I have cardinals year round but never tire of seeing them. It's always a delight. The painted buntings are gorgeous. Nice rocks and an interesting bit of information.


Really admire this guy. And to think he did all this before 1951.

Jim, Sydney, Australia

Great shots.

ellen b

Wow! That Spoonbill is amazing. Love, love, love that last photo. God's natural creation is so abundant and wonderful to experience. It is nice to enjoy the man made wonders here and there, too. I'm taking a break from boxes to do some visiting.


Hi Sallie, I also tried to link your post to signs, signs - no success (at the moment)

There are many cardinals around where I live, and I always get excited when I see one!


I'm grateful for time and energy and digital cameras too! Love the Roseate Spoonbill photos. That "castle" and the story about its creation is amazing. An eccentric genius indeed!

Lea @ Lea's Menagerie

A very enjoyable post! Beautiful birds, and an amazing Castle!

Linda in Virginia

Great shots and an interesting story about Coral Castle.


Personally I'll take the natural wonders any time and I would love to see one of those beautiful pink colored spoonbills. Thanks for sharing.


Such a lovely place for a walk and some birding. I see maybe two Cardinal couples here daily. What an amazing man, creative and understood the science as well. Thank goodness for digital.


Natures are always nice to see and enjoy:)

Sylvia D.

Sallie, I love the Painted Buntings. The castle an amazing accomplishment. Have a great week. Sylvia D.


I always enjoy viewing your phots. The birds are so colorful!


The spoonbill is such a beautiful colour. I have never seen such a bird. The Coral Castle is unique and Ed does sound like he was a bit eccentric, but very intelligent and interesting. Amazing that he was able to construct that gate so that it could be moved so easily.


That castle is an amazing place - it really shows what one person can accomplish. Thanks for the interesting tour!


Give me nature any time over man made structures but what a fascinating man he must have been to construct something like that on his own.

Lavender Dreamer

I would love to go there! I see another google search in order soon! heehee! That really is amazing! And the Roseate Spoonbill is just about my favorite FL bird...one we don't see often. Loved your photos...google here I come! Hugs!

Kay L. Davies

I hardly know where to start commenting...so many beautiful birds of amazing colours, a unique castle by an eccentric genius...!
I have met many eccentrics, but I don't know if I've ever met a genius, although I do know many very smart people!
Thank you for all this beauty — and the reminder about the voyage and the destination.
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

bill burke

What beautiful and colourful birds. I never heard of the Roseate Spoonbill, it sure is pretty. Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos.

jesh StG

the spoonbills are such beautiful creatures! The man who made all of this, can make beautiful things, but his life sounds lonely and sad. That is how it often is with geniuses. Thank you Sallie for sharing his memorable work and his life with All Seasons! Have a lovely week!


We have a good friend that can build almost anything all by himself. He learned most of what he knows in high school shop classes, and of course experience. I think it is important to maintain shop courses so we can become more self reliant. - Margy

Bob Bushell

I love the Roseate Spoonbill, fantastic.

Linda Brown

I would LOVE to go there and see that castle!


Lovely mosaics Good Monday Sallie

much love...


Very beautiful picture ! A very nice "sightseeing" tour !


Corkscrew Audubon Nature Preserve must be a great place to visit. The bunting is amazing. The coral castle is something else!!!! Thanks for sharing it's story. Happy Monday!


nature...wildlife, so amazing, so captifing!! your images are really gorgeous and i always enjoy your presentation in mosaics!! i really love the painteds, i don't see them here and it is such a gorgeous bird...almost hard to believe it is found in the wild!! i see cardinals here at my feeders and never loose my appreciation for their brilliance - both the males and females!!

i'm glad you photographed the sign, explaining the story of the coral castle!!!

Penelope Puddlisms

Those cardinals are, indeed, bright spots that I don’t see in my neck of the woods either. What a fascinating story about Ed Leedskalnin and his Coral Castle. Perhaps trying not to think of his broken heart inspired him to occupy his days carrying and creating amazing works of natural art. It’s the stuff of homes … beds, doors and tables that seem to lead to dead ends in the same way that his love did. Fascinating!


I have never seen a pink bird here! Right now the cardinal is banging on my window, a territorial reflection reaction. That castle is so cool!


Dearest Sallie; What GORGEOUS birds Pictures from Nature Preserve♫♫♫ I wish I could see spoonbills myself :-) Such colorful birdies.
Oh, the Coral Castle♫♫♫ The story of Mr Leedskalnin behind the castle surprised me as well as his devotion.
I can't help but agree with you about the camera; remembering how fascinated my late father was when he bought his first one more then half a century ago p;)
I AM SO SORRY for mt absence, I truly remember and appreciate your sweet comments like kindly praised me writing in English.
I am happy reading your post with full of excitements☆☆☆
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*


Ed might have been eccentric but he surely was a genius! What an amazing place to visit. I so love a Cardinal and the Painted Buntings are incredible, I once saw a Cardinal in Pennsylvania but have yet to see a PB.
Thanks for taking us with you on this trip.
Happy MM.


Hello Sallie!:) What beautiful vibrant colours of all these gorgeous birds. I always enjoyed seeing the Painted Buntings at Theresa's blog, The Run Around Ranch. A bird I will never see in real life.

Mr Leedskalnin's unrequited love story is a sad one, but what an extraordinary feat of engineering his unhappy love life led him to accomplish.It's totally fascinating how these structures were made by him alone, and like Phil, I believe it explains a lot about how other such ancient structures came to be.


That's a good read Sallie. As above it goes to explain Stonehenge and other such places all over the world. Poor Ed, snubbed by the one he loved and then devoted his life to his project. A rather sad tale. Thank you for explaining about Florida wines. As I thought, too hot so no reason to visit now. LOL.

Painted Bunting is the one species I regret never seeing in Canada. I think they are quite late migrants there and I was back in England by mid-May.

nancy chan

I enjoy tagging along on your hike through the pictures! Beautiful and colourful birds and flowers. Interesting to see the rock formation!

Little Wandering Wren

Poor bloke, I guess he couldn't really Facebook all his accomplishments to see if he could ever win back his true love, could he? I think that is what they call a true labour of love!
I enjoyed seeing your colourful little birds!
I'm like you with my photography and have millions of pics to choose from!
Have a great week.
Wren x


We don't see cardinals here either, and I miss them! We do see hummingbirds, which I never saw in NYC, so I guess that is a good trade-off!

The Coral Castle looks amazing! I guess building it kept the man busy and his mind off his loneliness? There are a couple of similar strangely built buildings here in Colorado, but I haven't visited them as yet


I love the Spoonbills and that is a great photo on top there Sallie, Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I always wanted to see this place and I am very excited to see your pictures of the Coral Castle. I wonder if he knew something about the earth's magnetic field that we do not understand. There are all kinds of theories about how he did the things he did. Even some theories that all his writings and plans were taken by the government when he died. I am not sure about any of that but I really enjoyed this posting so much! cheers.


Well, this could explain Stonehenge .... eccentrics that know something about leverage ...

I agree with you - worth a one-time visit but then back to nature for its many and various gifts! Love the bird shots ...

Lady Fi

I guess the castle was Ed's humble kind of Taj Mahal!

Lovely birds shots - what wonderful sightings!

Su-sieee! Mac

Cool post, Sallie. I wonder if that woman ever learned about Mr. Leedskalnin's home. With his imagination, creativity, ingenuity, and engineering mind, he could've been a difficult man to live with, but oh the fun and joy he and his loved one would have if they fit each other. I wonder if any of the archeologists who studied Easter Island or the pyramids ever checked out his castle and how he put it together. If I ever get to Florida, I want to visit the castle.
The View from the Top of the Ladder


I love the Coral Castle - another fabulous dream of an early resident of South Florida!


Incredibly beautiful photos!! Thank you!

Betty Crow

The spoonbills fascinate me. Lovely post. Have a wonderful week.


Roseate spoonbills are wonderful birds and we don't see nearly enough of them over here. Is the Corkscrew Audubon Preserve the same thing as the Corkscrew Sanctuary or am I thinking of something else. We had cardinals that nested in the bushes, front and rear, of our former home. The cats would watch them from the office window! Fun times. And that coral house. We never got there probably because I wasn't that interested, but your commentary was very helpful and now I think it was a mistake to pass it by. Thanks for all these gorgeous photos and for sharing your trips with us. Hope that all is well along the Gulf Coast and that you're having a great time. It's hard to believe you'll be heading north before long. Seems like you just got here!

Kelleyn Rothaermel

So so interesting and beautiful!


You have to love our eccentrics. I wonder where they are now. I suspect they are homeless. Thanks for showing us this, I think it is amazing.

William Kendall

Coral Castle feels like what is sometimes called a Folly. I like it.

a spirit of simplicity

Wow! What an interesting man. What a legacy he left behind.


...nature is a wonderful thing!


Amazing and beautiful photos, as always. it never fails to surprise me how well Florida caters for everyone, especially nature/bird lovers.We have had so much rain/wind and three helpings of heavy snow, so everything is late-and many of my shrubs will die right down, but hopefully grow next year from the roots.


The castle looks like a fscinating place to explore. Lovely photos of the birds too, specially the cardinals!

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