March 31, 2019



What a wonderful world, Sallie !Here during two weeks, it was the beautiful Spring. Now, snow(just a little) is back. Flowers begin to blew. Inside, one of my orchids has... 4 flowers.

A ShutterBug Explores

How fun and exciting for you ~ lovely photography too!

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

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

What a great excursion & fun time. To see such beauty of birds, wildlife and scenery is extraordinary!!

For all your sharing, I and we at I'd Rather B Birdin' send our thanks!!


That must be a lovely way to spend the days.

Adam Jones

So many Royal Terns together. What a great sight.


round 2!! good thing we are friends!! we see and share "different" things, things we each may never get the opportunity to see!! thanks for stopping by this morning!!!

Jennifer Jilks

You have amazing adventures!!

Eileen Wise

Hello, love the Osprey and nest. The Terns are a favorite bird too. The flowers are beautiful. Lovely sightings and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure

How I envy your trip in your boat and all the birds you saw and photographed. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

riitta k

Boat living must be exciting! Pretty and exotic views. Wishing happy weekend.

ellen b.

So many great ingredients for a good time. Good friends, good sights, good food and wonderful creations. Looks like the best of times for you and your friends.


What a beautiful place to photograph. I envy your osprey shots. I've seen their nests on the NC coast but the only time I saw them was before I started always having a camera with me.

Thanks for stopping by and mentioning the kingfisher. I was happy about that. The only reason I got the shots of that one is they have such a distinctive call that I followed the sound and fortunately he landed where I could photograph him. I think they look like punk rockers.


The first thing I thought when I saw the anchored boat was that I couldn't get off of it. I'd probably have a hard time pulled up to a dock too. How did you find out the water was 7 feet in the back? That could have been a fun discovery. The island sounds wonderful and how cool a group of you took your boats to EC. I don't think I've seen a bird's nest perched on an arrow before (:

betty - NZ

My goodness, what a wonderful series of photos, Sallie! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing them. I'm so glad you linked up at My Corner of the World!

Peter B.

What a beautiful area. It would be so fun to explore by boat, especially some of the uninhabited islands!

Linda Brown

Oh! So much fun! Thank you for this wee peek at life in the WARM state!


You'l need a rope ladder for next time you find yourself there so you can get off and on!

Linda in Virginia

Great shots! Neat way to take a vacation.


Looks like a fun trip, Sallie!


I want to say jet setters but maybe it's jet ski setters. You guys are like kids at play!

Photo Cache

When on the marina, I like reading boat names. Such funny names sometimes.



You certainly got some wonderful photos Sallie. I always love seeing osprey nests!


Love to see the birds (seabirds!), but those flowers are what really caught my attention!
Hope you are having a great week!

Betty Crow

Would love to visit here. Enjoyed your post.


Lovely collection of photos

Dina Johnston

Fun shot of the royal terns. They always look like they are wearing toupees. Looks like a great trip.

riitta k

Lovely photos as always! yes, it is the nesting time for birds - soon in Finland too. Wishing you a great week.


What a neat place...I'm with you about jumping in over my head off the boat..LOL!

Sylvia D.

Sallie, What a wonderful post. Our weather is improving but we are a little behind. A month ago was still in the -17C range. Have a great week. Sylvia D

Penelope Puddlisms

The second shot of the terns is fantastic … they get all the best views! Also like the big FOOD signage, so straight to the point about something everybody needs. :) This chain of islets sounds fun to explore, especially with friends.

William Kendall

It looks like an idyllic way of life there.

Photo Cache

What a beautiful corner of the country. Heavenly.

Worth a Thousand Words

Out On The Prairie

Lovely area to visit, it has made a nice recovery from when I was down last after a hurricane.

Junieper/Jesh StG

What an adventure and see all these nests with babies! Sorry but I smiled about your dilemma how to get off the boat there by the sand bank:) What I am most amazed about is how summery it looks there!! FL is truly an overwintering place! Many thanks for sharing your trip which reminds us at All Seasons summer will eventually arrive where we live! Have an awesome week, Sallie.

Alan Bates

This sounds like a good outing to me. I love all the Ospreys!!

NatureFootstep PhotoArt

I don´t need 10 000 islands. I´ll take the one with the terns :) :)

Lavender Dreamer

What a fabulous trip! And it's amazing as to what you can see from a boat...and only a boat. We need to try to get on one of the boats in our area to go around the rivers. Love the beautiful birds and flowers you saw. Enjoy your week!

Linda P

I like the idea of boating with a group of friends. The Ten Thousand Islands area sounds exciting and also a challenge to navigate, but worth going there for spotting bird life from a boat. The Havana Café looks an attractive place with those gorgeous orchids and somewhere good to relax after a time on the water.

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

Love the photo of the Terns. Look like you are living the high life with your boat. Pity you didn't fancy a 7 foot deep wade ;-)


that looks like so much fun and in such a beautiful area...I must have missed the gull post so I gotta go back or I just didn't catch it..either way I think you're right Royal Tern the only other big tern with orange beak is the Caspian and it has little black "lips" I don't see that in your terns.

Eileen Wise

Hello, Sallie,

Your overnight boat trips sounds like a fun time. I love the terns, they are pretty birds. The orchids are lovely, the cafe sounds like a nice place to enjoy a meal.. Beautiful photos and mosaics! Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week ahead!


Hello Sallie. I was intrigued by your comment about Chokoloskee (wonderful name), "400 hardy souls", presumably because they sit out the hurricane season? Otherwise it looks and sounds perfect to me.

You have to watch out for these birders - one slip up and they will be onto you like a ton of bricks! Good to see the Ospreys doing so well. What a majestic bird it is.


I enjoyed your Post, thank you for sharing... happy MosaicMonday.

Have a good week.


Beautiful orchids! What a relaxing day on the boat!


Sallie - so glad the linky worked for you this time. Your boating adventure is a welcome addition to Mosaic Monday! This brings back such pleasant childhood memories of St. Pete, and many a day hanging out around the mangroves. I would have been in the water in a flash at that sandbar!! I am ecstatic to see such a vibrant population of ospreys. Enjoy the upcoming week.

Nancy Chan

An enjoyable boat adventure. Its amazing where birds can build their nests. Beautiful birds and flowers. Have a great new week.

Lady Fi

You have the most wonderful adventures! Thanks for sharing them with us.


Love this boating holiday. I grew up boat-camping. Gives a totally different perspective.


Isn't it wonderful that we have national parks to visit and enjoy? The joy of seeing nature at work! It must have been fun to go on this trip with friends. Sallie. The east coast has such wonderful birds and it is a pleasure to see these terns and ospreys thriving.


this sounds like a super fun trip, with friends who enjoy the same things you do!!

our osprey have returned and we are seeing so many.

the restaurant sounds nice, the flowers are beautiful!! and by the way, how did you get off the boat??


It looks beautiful. If I lived in Florida I'd want a boat.

Taken For Granted

What a fine looking trip you were on. Enjoyed seeing your photos. You also have a good looking boat. BTW, cowboys put an egg into their coffee pot to carry the coffee grounds to the bottom of the pot.


great post and beautiful photos - all places and things I would love to see. The orchids are especially magnificent. Thanks for sharing.


What a different viewpoint you get from the boat. Love the cafe surrounded by those tropical plants.


I do love a wonderful atmosphere like that screen porch with orchids and a view. Heaven!

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