It is always fun to visit a butterfly house with my long lens. Last week, during the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, the butterfly tent was packed with people. Butterfly, not so much. It may have been that it was only the second day of the Festival, and many of the butterflies had not emerged yet. The butterflies I did see were gathering nectar from the flowers
The Sonora Desert Museum features animals as well as Saguaro cacti. This fox was taking an afternoon nap before dinner.
On our way to Florida we made a stop in the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. We stayed at a State Park campground, and to see the “swamp things,” we paid a tourist visit to the Okefenokee Swamp Park, a private, non-profit park. The park is very low-key, and has good-sized population of alligators — found in the waters that wind through the park. Admission includes a wildlife show, presented by apart-Native American who loves the creatures of the swamp. The…Continue Reading “Creatures of the Okefenokee…”
Today Eddie and I took a bike ride on the Withlachoochee Trail, not far from our Florida home base. Along the way Eddie noticed something hop off the trail into the grass. Upon further inspection it was a very large grasshopper. He (or she) was very accommodating, and posed for several pictures. It is amazing how well the creature blended in with the grass. On Sunday I came across this spider up near our lake. I am not sure what type of spider it is,…Continue Reading “Creepy crawly things…”
I was going through some photos I took down at Northport Harbor late last spring, and I came across this shot of jellyfish floating next to the dock. In the early morning light the jellyfish were luminescent as they skimmed along just under the surface of the water.
I came across this spider spinning a web across the top of a garden waste barrel. It is love finding all of the strange places that spiders make webs.
In my last post I mentioned Florida’s proposed legislation to making photographing farm animals illegal. Yesterday two editorials in the New York Times offered explanations. It seems that the legislation, also leopard in several other states, is designed to thwart would be whistleblowers from exposing horrific conditions and cruelty to animals in factory farms. I hope taking this iPhone photo of a butterfly in an enclosed habitat does not bring down the wrath of the law. The photo was taken at Homossasa Butterfly, a butterfly…Continue Reading “Florida’s reason…”
Where we stay in Florida is a very rural area. We are surrounded by orange groves, cattle ranches, and horse farms. Last week we stopped at nearby ranch so that I could take I pictures of a newly born colt and the Brahmin bull in the pasture next door — these are the iPhone shots. As an aside, a day or two later Eddie came across an article in the St. Petersburg Times that said there was a bill being proposed in the Florida legislature…Continue Reading “Home on the range…in Florida!”
When We stayed at this same campground three years ago I took a series of photos of ducks down by the river. The ducks were not at the river today, but around 6:00, while I was in the laundry room doing wash, Eddie called me from the RV to tell me to go outside and see the ducks. They were walking in a line through the campground — right into their pen for the night. I wasn’t quick enough to snap the ducks while they…Continue Reading “Views From the Passenger Seat…Not So Wildlife”