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Viera Wetlands // Jan 6, 2016
This little pied-billed grebe caught more than he could handle at Viera Wetlands, carrying the fish around for more than 15 minutes, making repeated attempts to swallow it, but never succeeding. He finally gave up and dropped it, looking quite dejected.
Viera Wetlands // Dec 26, 2015
At Viera Wetlands, a Snowy Egret drags its feet in the water while flying to stir up minnows, then reaches down to grab one.
Viera Wetlands // Dec 21, 2015
A Northern Harrier (aka Marsh Hawk) flies over Viera Wetlands.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Oct 10, 2015
A Snowy Egret takes off from the marshes of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
St Augustine // Sep 25, 2015
Historic St Augustine, oldest city in the US, just celebrated its 450th anniversary.
St Augustine // Sep 21, 2015
El Galeon, a full-size reconstructed Spanish sailing vessel used in early colonial times, sits at the City Marina in St Augustine, the oldest city in the US, recently celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding.
St Augustine // Sep 19, 2015
St Augustine just finished celebrating its 450th anniversary as the oldest city in the US. This lion (one of two named Firm or Faithful, can't remember which is which) stands at the end of the Bridge of Lions that leads into the city. Thousands of local residents and visitors crowded the city for a week of festivities, including a visit from the King and Queen of Spain.
Phil Foster Park // Sep 1, 2015
This octopus at Phil Foster Park in Florida put on quite a show. A diver put a discarded fish skin near its hole, and the octopus did not like that one bit! It immediately came out, gathered up the skin and took it about six feet away, dumped it and scurried back to its lair. After the diver replaced the skin, the octopus quickly cleaned it up again, having no patience with those who wanted to mess up its home.
DeLeon Springs State Park // Aug 10, 2015
The old sugar mill at De Leon Springs State Park has been converted into a restaurant that features grills built into the tables where diners cook their own pancakes and French toast.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Jul 26, 2015
The wild rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is full of almost-grown fledglings learning to fly, like this juvenile Roseate Spoonbill. It is like a gathering of awkward teenagers.
Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens // Jul 24, 2015
A brown anole on a plant sign at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, both delivering a message
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Jun 1, 2015
A Brown Basilisk lizard poses at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. These reptiles are not native to Florida and are one of the many introduced species to the state. They also have the nickname "Jesus Lizard" because when fleeing from a predator, they are very fast and can run on top of the water with their large hind feet, which have flaps of skin between the toes.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Apr 22, 2015
Great Egret chicks calling for food
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Mar 31, 2015
Roseate Spoonbill in breeding colors
Ravine Gardens State Park // Mar 18, 2015
The Azalea Festival was over at Ravine Gardens State Park, but there were still buds and blossoms, and lots of bees in attendance.
Washington Slagbaai // Mar 2, 2015
The north end of Bonaire is a desert park (Washington Slagaii)with abundant cactus, birds, reptiles, goats and a wild wave-breaking coastline. These Whiptailed Lizards are common in the park, and will gather under your vehicle if water is dripping from the air-conditioner.
River to Sea Preserve // Feb 10, 2015
The Matanzas River (Intracoastal Waterway)side of the River to Sea Preserve
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Feb 7, 2015
Most of the birds in the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park wild bird rookery seemed to be sleeping in on yesterday's brisk morning. What happened to the "early bird gets the worm" philosophy?
Big Talbot Island State Park // Jan 29, 2015
Big Talbot Island has a bluff where oak and cedar trees have toppled into the ocean, creating a "boneyard" of salt-soaked sun-baked driftwood. The gnarled wood is weathered and lovely, and can be photographed at low tide.
Blue Spring State Park // Jan 18, 2015
On an offshoot of the St Johns River, a Sandhill Crane sits on its nest, which rests on an aquatic mat of vegetation strong enough to support the large birds.
Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens // Jan 14, 2015
New lion cub
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Dec 14, 2014
This Green Heron was hunting from one of the water management structures at Merritt Island National Wildlife Reserve, and both the bird and the structure were reflected in the still water.
Viera Wetlands // Dec 13, 2014
Even the birds, like this Great Blue Heron, were huddled into their feathers on this chilly morning at Viera Wetlands.
Curry Hammock State Park // Nov 7, 2014
Curry Hammock State Park in the Florida Keys has location, conditions and accommodations that make it a favorite with kiteboarders.
St Augustine // Sep 13, 2014
One of the more relaxed ways to tour St Augustine, the oldest city in the US, is by horse-drawn carriage. Note that the Hilton behind the carriage has been built to conform to the city architecture.
Viera Wetlands // Aug 19, 2014
A Great Blue Heron gazes over the marsh at Viera Wetlands.
Viera Wetlands // Aug 16, 2014
A Sandhill Crane calls in the early morning hours at Viera Wetlands.
Phil Foster Park // Aug 7, 2014
A tube anemone feeds in the current at Phil Foster Park. Long known as a great place to dive for its abundance of marine life, this park has added a snorkel trail made of limestone boulders and prefabricated reef modules to attract marine creatures. The trail spans a two-acre area in six to 10 feet of water.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Jul 12, 2014
An employee of the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park uses a baby alligator and a snake to teach visitors about the animals. The park schedules frequent educational lectures and demonstrations about the resident wildlife inhabitants.
St Augustine // May 10, 2014
El Galeón, a replica of a 16th century Spanish merchant ship used by explorers, is docked at the municipal marina in St Augustine, the nation's oldest city.
Viera Wetlands // May 3, 2014
A juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron copes with a gusty spring wind at Viera Wetlands.
Viera Wetlands // May 1, 2014
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Apr 28, 2014
Thistle seeds ready to sail off with a gust of wind
Viera Wetlands // Apr 25, 2014
My husband and I had a delightful time at Viera Wetlands watching this guy take a dust bath in the middle of the road for several minutes. He was taking his time and thoroughly enjoying it -- scratching his back on the rough road and stretching every body part in all directions.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Apr 17, 2014
The rose garden at Washington Oaks Garden State Park is already putting on quite a vibrant show, with some roses wearing more than one hue.
Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens // Apr 4, 2014
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has a wild bird rookery where birds come and go at will. They are not captive. This Wood Stork was hauling a large addition to its nest.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Mar 28, 2014
A small bird of the freshwater marshes, the Sora (member of the rail family) is not frequently spotted, but the ones at Circle B Bar Reserve seem to be more acclimated to humans.
Haw Creek Preserve // Mar 19, 2014
After scarfing down an anole at Haw Creek, this Red-shouldered Hawk relaxed on the boardwalk rail.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Feb 28, 2014
A vulture sits on a snag on a foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Feb 25, 2014
Originally found in a Louisiana bayou, the albino alligators are a prime attraction at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. This is now the only facility in the world exhibiting living specimens of all 23 currently recognized species of crocodilian.<br>
Faver-Dykes State Park // Feb 18, 2014
Musician Michael Vickey playing the stringed dulcimer -- beautifully -- at "A Day in Old Florida" at Faver-Dykes State Park
Circle B Bar Reserve // Feb 16, 2014
A foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve
Lake Morton // Feb 12, 2014
This pair of swans on Lake Morton was doing a rapid very-much-together swim too and fro, turning at the end and repeating the route. It was a stylized ritual, and we assumed it must be part of the mating dance routine.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Feb 11, 2014
This was one of the few animals at Circle B Bar Reserve that did not have fish on the menu on this particular day.
Princess Place Preserve // Jan 9, 2014
Feral pigs are a huge and growing problem in parks across the US, and also on private lands. The animals are quite intelligent, prolific, sport razor-sharp tusks and can be aggressive toward people and pets. They eat threatened species, spread invasive weeds, and carry and transmit more than 30 different kinds of diseases to humans, livestock and other wildlife. Their habit of digging and rooting around in the ground also tears up gardens and crop fields.
Fort De Soto Park // Jan 5, 2014
An American Oystercatcher poses prettily on the beach at Ft De Soto.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Jan 2, 2014
A Snowy Egret lands on a wobbly perch at Circle B Bar Reserve.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Dec 29, 2013
At Circle B Bar Reserve, a Purple Gallinule climbs on the stems of the alligator flag, trying to reach the seeds.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Dec 17, 2013
I would have needed a wide-angle lens to capture the whole length of this log and all the juvenile alligators occupying it. My husband counted 11.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Nov 29, 2013
In Florida, the roses at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park continue blooming late into the autumn months.
Viera Wetlands // Nov 6, 2013
A Roseate Spoonbill feeds in the early morning light at Viera Wetlands.
Princess Place Preserve // Jul 31, 2013
Rocking chairs on the lodge porch invite visitors to Princess Place to relax and enjoy the marsh view.
Princess Place Preserve // Jul 30, 2013
The porch of the main lodge at Princess Place Preserve offers a lovely view of the salt marsh.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Apr 12, 2013
This large Roseate Spoonbill chick was sitting on a high snag in the wild rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, bobbing its head and demanding to be fed. One of the parents answered the request.
Princess Place Preserve // Apr 9, 2013
A tiny -- half-inch long -- Skipper butterfly works the wildflowers at Princess Place Preserve.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Mar 27, 2013
A Swallowtail Butterfly on a thistle bloom at MINWR
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Mar 26, 2013
After a hard day in breeding season, a Roseate Spoonbill takes a break on a high snag above the wild rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Mar 23, 2013
The thistle plants at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge were hosting a party -- butterflies, bees, wasps, hornets and a couple of bugs we could not identify. The party goers were covered with pollen.
Viera Wetlands // Mar 15, 2013
These three white pelicans were doing a leisurely hunt in the Click ponds at Viera Wetlands. At times they appeared to be synchronized, swimming three abreast and dipping their heads in unison to feed.
Ft. Island Trail Gulf Beach // Feb 18, 2013
If you are not familiar with Black Skimmers, their large brightly-colored beak has a lower mandible that is longer than the upper. To catch small fish, they drag the lower beak through the water as they fly, hence the "skimmer" name.
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge // Feb 17, 2013
On our way to snorkel with the manatees, we saw these crab fishermen working their traps, accompanied by a flock of hopeful brown pelicans. Some of the pelicans decided that riding on the boat was easier than flying or swimming.
Circle B Bar Reserve // Feb 12, 2013
Approximately the same location, same two trees in the other photo
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Dec 31, 2012
A pair of Great Blue Herons works on their nest at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Dec 18, 2012
A pair or Egyptian Geese, non-natives, investigate a martin house at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The Egyptian Goose is not really a goose, but is actually a Shelduck, a cross between a goose and a duck. It has many duck-like characteristics, but it also has some external goose-like traits.<br>
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Dec 15, 2012
I was fortunate to catch this wild sky at MINWR after a weather front came through. There is a second, albeit faint, rainbow above the first.
Viera Wetlands // Dec 10, 2012
Bathed in the morning light, a Great Blue Heron watches the sunrise at Viera Wetlands.
Viera Wetlands // Nov 28, 2012
We could hear the Sandhill Cranes - a rather melodious noise -calling to one another at Viera Wetlands, and I managed to catch this one flying by.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Nov 9, 2012
An American Avocet starts a bath at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Viera Wetlands // Nov 6, 2012
An anhinga drying its wings at Viera Wetlands
Viera Wetlands // Oct 16, 2012
A Great Blue Heron in the evening light at Viera Wetlands
Viera Wetlands // Oct 13, 2012
European starlings are a much-maligned bird, but their colors really pop in the right light. These two at Viera Wetlands were watching a red-bellied woodpecker check out a hole they had already claimed for themselves.
St Augustine // Oct 7, 2012
One of the lions standing guard at the end of the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine, the oldest city in the US -- Due to an active citizen Save Our Bridge organization, the bridge was completely restored instead of being replaced by a different structure.
Viera Wetlands // Sep 25, 2012
A male Hooded Merganser reflected in the waters at Viera Wetlands
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge // Aug 24, 2012
It was a pleasure to see that the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was recovering from the awful fires and drought of last year. Plants and wildflowers were sprouting in some of the burned areas, and there was an abundance of swallowtail butterflies.
Betty Steflik Preserve // Aug 21, 2012
Cluster oysters at low tide
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Aug 11, 2012
An Avocet enjoys a bath at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Ravine Gardens State Park // Aug 2, 2012
It was very humid at Ravine Gardens State Park, but there was a lot of activity among the small wildlife population such as the insects and frogs.
Viera Wetlands // Jun 14, 2012
A Green Heron surveys the the surrounding water at Viera Wetlands.
Phil Foster Park // Jun 11, 2012
This Queen Angelfish swims above one of the more unusual ocean-floor items at Phil Foster Park. It is an assortment of abandoned shopping carts, which are now teeming with sea life.
Viera Wetlands // Jun 6, 2012
On the way home from south Florida, we took a swing through Viera Wetlands and caught this Loggerhead Shrike. The cloudy pale sky gives the photo a high key effect.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Apr 28, 2012
There are eggs aplenty at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park these days.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Apr 14, 2012
The spring-fed ponds at Washington Oaks Garden State Park were buzzing with dragonflies yesterday -- green, blue and red varieties.
Anastasia State Park // Apr 13, 2012
This colorfully-patterned inchworm was hugging a twig along a nature trail in Anastasia State Park.
Jacksonville Zoo And Gardens // Apr 2, 2012
The Black-crowned Night Heron is one of the wild bird species that makes use of the open areas of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The rookery there is noisily active in early spring.
Lake Morton // Mar 26, 2012
Two of the 200 or so swans that grace Lake Morton (a bird sanctuary begun with a gift pair of swans from Queen of England Elizabeth II) in Lakeland, Florida, glide serenely by. The town treasures and cares for the birds, and has adopted the swan as its official logo. There are swan images crafted from various materials all over Lakeland.
Lake Morton // Mar 24, 2012
A Northern Shoveler and his mate feeding on Lake Morton in Lakeland FL
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Mar 15, 2012
American Avocets in the shallow waters at Merritt Island
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Feb 24, 2012
We went back to Ft Matanzas yesterday to visit the horned owl nest and and found the chicks tripled in size but still behind too many branches to photograph. However, mom was on another limb doing some scratching and preening, using her huge claw for the purpose.
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Feb 9, 2012
We went to see the great horned owls nesting at Ft Matanzas this afternoon, and mom was out of the nest in a nearby tree (near enough to see her chicks), dozing in the late afternoon sun and getting some preening done, shaking her feathers with vigor. There are two chicks in the nest, but you would need a twig filter to get a good photograph of them.
Green Cay // Feb 2, 2012
Green Cay is a good place to find both telephoto and macro shots.
Viera Wetlands // Jan 31, 2012
A limpkin pauses for a few minutes before resuming his search for snails.
Green Cay // Jan 15, 2012
A resting Woodstork
Indian River Lagoon // Dec 30, 2011
A Great Blue Heron takes flight over Indian River Lagoon.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Dec 1, 2011
The roses in the gardens at Washington Oaks Garden State Park are still gorgeous at this time (November).
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Nov 30, 2011
Brown pelicans fly over the beach at Washington Oaks Garden State Park.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Nov 27, 2011
A sanderling working the beach at Washington Oaks pauses for a second to check out his surroundings.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge // Nov 15, 2011
A beautiful pair of red-shouldered hawks
Green Cay // Nov 4, 2011
Like a yellow-footed statue, a woodstork stands in the shallow water of Green Cay, looking for unwary prey.
Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge // Oct 18, 2011
The nature trail at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is an inviting one, beckoning one to come see.
Milford Wampold Memorial Park (University Lake) // Oct 17, 2011
The beautiful but invasive Water Hyacinth is not yet a problem in University Lake, but it is clogging waterways all over the south, making navigation impossible in some areas. Budget cuts have ended some of the control programs.
St Johns County Ocean Pier Park // Sep 4, 2011
The beautiful Sea Oats are one of the perennial grasses that are the primary stabilizers of frontal dune systems along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
St Augustine // Aug 26, 2011
Renowned potter Worley Faver works on one of his creations at the First Friday Art Walk in historic St Augustine, the nation's oldest city.
Phil Foster Park // Aug 22, 2011
An octopus sits watching at Phil Foster Park. The tube on the right is its siphon, which is a bit of a misnomer in that the animal does not take things in through the tube but shoots materials out. It enables the octopus to jet through the sea, breathe out, and hide in an inky plume.
St Johns County Ocean Pier Park // Aug 4, 2011
The Wednesday Market at the St Johns County Ocean Pier Park features vendors of all kinds, including farmers, artists and craftsmen.
Viera Wetlands // Jul 28, 2011
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck used to be known as a "tree duck," and one could see why at Viera Wetlands on this visit. Many of the palm tree stumps were occupied by a duck, and two were trying to perch on this snag, which only had room for one.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jul 9, 2011
The Bananaquit, a small bird, visits flowers for nectar and insects. They cannot hover as do hummingbirds, so perform entertaining acrobatic maneuvers to to obtain nectar. They love sweet foods (hence their nickname "sugar bird"), and can be attracted by small containers of jelly or any other sweet substance.
Phil Foster Park // Jul 6, 2011
One of the more unusual denizens of Phil Foster Park's underwater world -- the Polka Dot Batfish
Anastasia State Park // Jun 19, 2011
An early-morning Willet on the beach at Anastasia State Park
St Augustine // May 23, 2011
In St Augustine, the nation's oldest city, a guide launches a kayak for an eco-tour of the nearby waterways. Tours of the local wildlife areas by kayak and research boat are available at the city marina. Sea turtles, manatees and dolphins are frequently spotted.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // May 14, 2011
Much to the delight of birders and photographers, the number of Roseate Spoonbills nesting at the St Augustine Alligator Farm rookery has increased tenfold.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // May 6, 2011
A Tricolored Heron watches the alligators down below his perch at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
Anastasia State Park // Apr 26, 2011
Bathed in evening light, a Sanderling feeds along the beach in Anastasia State Park.
Anastasia State Park // Apr 23, 2011
The sun sets over Anastasia State Park near St Augustine.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Apr 5, 2011
A tiny frog pokes its head just above the water line at Washington Oaks Garden State Park.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Mar 27, 2011
The St Augustine Alligator Zoological Park is jumping, with wild birds arriving daily to nest over the alligator-filled lagoon. Several Roseate Spoonbill pairs nested there last year for the first time, and it looks as if those numbers will grow this year.
Viera Wetlands // Mar 11, 2011
A male Ring-necked Duck in breeding colors at Viera Wetlands
Canaveral National Seashore // Mar 6, 2011
A pair of brown pelicans soars above the beach at Canaveral National Seashore.
Faver-Dykes State Park // Feb 20, 2011
Portrait of a tanner, who displayed his craft at the "A Day in Old Florida" event at Faver-Dykes State Park
Viera Wetlands // Feb 16, 2011
A duck glides in the water at Viera Wetlands, colored golden by the rays of the rising sun.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 15, 2011
A Great Blue Heron hunkers down, waiting for the sun to warm things up at Viera Wetlands. A brisk wind was also blowing.
Indian River Lagoon // Feb 13, 2011
An adult brown pelican rests with a juvenile in a rookery on an island in the Indian River Lagoon.
Princess Place Preserve // Jan 31, 2011
An armadillo searches for prey in the grass at Princess Place Preserve.
Princess Place Preserve // Jan 17, 2011
A creek meanders through the fall colors of the marsh at Princess Place Preserve.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Jan 11, 2011
This is the same pair of Great Blue Herons I posted earlier. The light was good at Wakodahatchee at this point and I took a number of shots.
Everglades National Park // Jan 3, 2011
A Common Yellowthroat on the lily pads in Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park // Jan 2, 2011
This Eastern Phoebe, hunting on the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park, is a flycatcher. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology -- "In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe's leg to track its return in successive years."
Everglades National Park // Dec 27, 2010
A cormorant preens on the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades National Park.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Dec 23, 2010
The pied-billed grebe is usually very hard to photograph since it dives when you get close and comes up some distance away. The ones at Wako were more accustomed to people and thereby easier to photograph. The small, nondescript bird has an astonishing talent, being the master of its own buoyancy. It can squeeze out both the air trapped in its feathers and in its internal air-sacs — and sink effortlessly.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Dec 2, 2010
An inchworm (usually a moth larva) works its way along a branch at Washington Oaks Garden State Park.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Nov 21, 2010
A Swallowtail Butterfly on the spring flowers at Washington Oaks Garden State Park
St Johns County Ocean Pier Park // Nov 11, 2010
A Wednesday Market is held each week at the St Johns County Ocean Pier Park in St Augustine Beach. Vendors set up and sell produce and arts and crafts. Sugar Bear accompanies her owner, one of the vendors, and oversees the market activity from her lounge chair. According to her owner, it's the highlight of the dog's week since she collects attention from many market visitors.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Oct 30, 2010
A Roseate Spoonbill poses at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St Augustine. Four pairs nested there for the first time this past spring, which marks an extension of their breeding range in Florida.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Oct 28, 2010
Two great white egret chicks trying to feed at the same time creates a bit of confusion! The rookery at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is a lively place from March through May of each year.
La Selva Protected Zone // Sep 11, 2010
A juvenile three-toed sloth moves slowly down the tree in Costa Rica.
Phil Foster Park // Sep 3, 2010
Even thought the reef creature identification book lists these nine-armed sea stars as rare in Florida, we saw several on our dives at Phil Foster Park.
Phil Foster Park // Aug 28, 2010
This Polka-dot Batfish definitely belongs in the "Odd-shaped Bottom Dwellers" section of the fish identification books. We found him on a night dive at Phil Foster Park.
River to Sea Preserve // Aug 1, 2010
a bee lands on a flower and begins transferring it from the flower into its pollen sacs (the orange bag in the photo). These “sacs” are in fact a crevice in the knees of the back legs, and it’s here the pollen compacts into this crevice, forming a pellet. Pollen is the bee’s source of protein, where honey is their source of carbohydrate. The pollen is brought back to the hive and stored in the honeycomb cells for use later to feed the young.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jul 29, 2010
On a night dive at the Salt Pier in Bonaire, we saw this Slipper Lobster -- looking like a giant bug -- clambering over the rocks on the ocean floor.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jul 23, 2010
Shot on a night dive at the Salt Pier in Bonaire, an octopus blows itself up to frighten you and scoots away into the darkness.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jul 19, 2010
During a night dive at the Salt Pier in the Bonaire Marine Park, this sole reef squid put on a display for us.
Manuel Antonio National Park // Jul 2, 2010
White-faced Capuchin Monkeys are among the wildlife found at the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Although fruit is their natural diet, the monkeys have learned that the backpacks and purses of park visitors often contain edibles, so it is a good idea to keep a close eye on these items if you are packing food.
Manuel Antonio National Park // Jun 27, 2010
In Costa Rica, a Cateye Snake makes a meal of frog eggs.
Manuel Antonio National Park // Jun 27, 2010
In Costa Rica, a Cateye Snake makes a meal of frog eggs.
Arenal Volcano National Park // Jun 25, 2010
Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica momentarily has a hat of clouds. The scene changes rapidly. In fifteen minutes the summit could be clear or enveloped in clouds.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve // Jun 20, 2010
The glittering, jewel-like Green Violet-ear hummingbirds are common in the middle and higher elevation mountains of Costa Rica. They are also found in the mountains of central Mexico down to western Panama in Central America and in the Andes mountains of South America. These hummers are accidental visitors to the United States and Canada.
Phil Foster Park // Jun 6, 2010
This octopus was sheltering in an old encrusted bottle on the ocean floor at Phil Foster Park, and hanging out the top to watch the world go by. Curious by nature, he reached out a tentacle to test my muck stick to see if it was edible.
Avery Island Jungle Gardens // Jun 1, 2010
Avery Island, home of the famous Tabasco hot sauce, also sports an impressive bird sanctuary and gardens.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // May 20, 2010
This Roseate Spoonbill is nesting at the Alligator Farm, which is a cacophony of sound these days. There are large chicks, middle-sized chicks and tiny chicks all begging to be fed. With the cold winter delaying nesting, many eggs remain to hatch, and birds are still building nests.
Phil Foster Park // May 18, 2010
One of our dive acquaintances found this unknown worm at Phil Foster Park. After many inquiries into its identification -- including asking the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles and other experts -- it was labeled a "spoon worm" (from the spoon-shaped 'mouth' or proboscis at the front) or an "innkeeper worm" (often lives in burrows with 'guests' such as gobies, crabs and other worms). The worm, which is in the phylum Echiura, is very rare in the Caribbean.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // May 16, 2010
A Black-necked Stilt works on its nest at Wakodahatchee Wetlands.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // May 12, 2010
It's chick season at Wakodahatchee, and one of the Green Heron couples has a trio of them, already showing some of the adult coloring.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // May 9, 2010
This very-new Least Bittern chick at Wakodahatchee Wetlands was tentatively getting around on the reeds where the nest was located. Even at this tender age, they leave the nest to defecate. The nest was well-hidden, and threading the photo focus through the reeds presented a challenge.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // May 1, 2010
A Roseate Spoonbill comes in for a landing at the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Apr 27, 2010
A Green Heron on post and on alert at Washington Oaks
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Apr 17, 2010
A Great Horned Owl female flies to a limb near her chick, who is old enough to be walking about the oak tree. Like the Fort Matanzas Park owls, the two adults also nested in a tree just outside the visitor center.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Apr 13, 2010
A Crested Crane at the St Augustine Farm Zoological Park sports some impressive headgear.
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Apr 8, 2010
The Fort Matanzas Great Horned Owl chick continues to develop at amazing speed. Just after I shot this photo yesterday, he took off for a short flight of twenty feet or so. I was chatting with another photographer and missed the flight shot.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park // Apr 1, 2010
A Great White Egret selects nest-building sticks at the St Augustine Alligator Farm.
River to Sea Preserve // Mar 31, 2010
Surfers emerge from the ocean at River to Sea Preserve, probably to warm up a bit since the surf temperature is running quite a bit below normal for this time of year.
Viera Wetlands // Mar 14, 2010
This Great Blue Heron, and another one nearby, were doing what we guessed were territorial displays, strutting with their wings extended and their beaks pointed toward the sky. It was definitely a busy day at Viera.
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Mar 10, 2010
At Fort Matanzas, she female Great Horned Owl nesting near the ranger station gives her chick a loving nuzzle upon returning to the nest.
Viera Wetlands // Mar 6, 2010
The Limpkins at Viera Wetlands are a little more used to people, so a close-up of this normally-elusive bird is possible.
Viera Wetlands // Mar 3, 2010
A Glossy Ibis sucks down a bite at Viera Wetlands. This bird appears dark at a distance, but a closer view, especially in the sunlight, reveals an array of gorgeous colors.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 26, 2010
This soft-shelled turtle was resting on the water's edge at Viera Wetlands, stretching his legs and trying to soak up some not-seen-lately sun. They are not one of nature's prettier creatures.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 25, 2010
This Eastern Meadowlark was doing what its name implies, hunting around in the grasslands at Viera Wetlands. The vivid coloring really showed up against the brown grasses.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 25, 2010
This Eastern Meadowlark was doing what its name implies, hunting around in the grasslands at Viera Wetlands. The vivid coloring really showed up against the brown grasses.
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Feb 20, 2010
This is the male of the Great Horned Owl pair that are nesting -- and parenting with the hatching of a chick -- outside the ranger station at Fort Matanzas. On this day he was very accommodating and moved from his dappled-shade perch to a post in the sun to preen and stretch. The sun brings out his gorgeous coloring.
Fort Matanzas National Monument // Feb 18, 2010
This is the same Great Horned Owl I posted earlier that was nesting outside the Fort Matanzas ranger station, but now she has one chick. Three eggs fell out of the tree during the nesting period, but she succeeded with this chick. It is brand-new, not-very-pretty and still covered with white down.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 15, 2010
A limpkin searches for apple snails, its primary food, at Viera Wetlands.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge // Feb 8, 2010
The remarkable red and black bill of the Black Skimmer sets it apart from all other American birds. It is knife-thin and the lower mandible is longer than the upper. The bird drags the lower bill through the water to catch small fish as it flies along at a rapid clip.
Viera Wetlands // Feb 7, 2010
The Loggerhead Shrike impales its insect catches on thorns, both for convenient eating and storage for later. When no thorns are near, a barbed-wire fence bordering Viera Wetlands works perfectly.
River to Sea Preserve // Jan 22, 2010
Red-eared Slider turtles warm up in the sun at the River to Sea Preserve near Marineland. These are non-native turtles but are firmly established in Florida, even interbreeding with the indigenous Yellow-bellied Slider.
River to Sea Preserve // Jan 21, 2010
Black-hooded Conures (also known as the Nanday Conure or the Black-hooded Parakeet) established themselves in St Augustine years ago. Other Florida locales also have self-sustaining populations. Two of these lovely but raucous birds were building a nest in a dead palm tree just outside the River to Sea Preserve below Marineland. The birds are native to South America.
River to Sea Preserve // Jan 20, 2010
The Palm Warbler is one of the smallest birds in the River to Sea Preserve, located just below Marineland on highway A1A south of St Augustine.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Jan 17, 2010
Tropical colors brought out for a winter day -- a Gulf Fritillary sips nectar from flowers at Washington Oaks Garden State Park.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Jan 4, 2010
This was one of the few blossoms left on the bushes at the rose gardens at Washington Oaks on New Year's Eve. We had a hard freeze, so it has probably lost its radiance.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park // Dec 30, 2009
A Little Blue Heron stalks the wetlands at Paynes Prairie Reserve State Park.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park // Dec 25, 2009
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located in north-central Florida in Alachua County. It is known for its outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities including bison, cracker horses and cattle, alligators, sandhill cranes, and over 270 bird species. The principal physical feature of the preserve is a 16,000 acre freshwater marsh/wet prairie known as Paynes Prairie. The preserve includes the Prairie and some of the surrounding uplands for a total of nearly 22,000 acres.
Princess Place Preserve // Dec 21, 2009
On impulse, we took a drive out to Princess Place Preserve, and were lucky enough to spot this beautiful American Kestrel.<br>I only had the time to get off one shot before the kestrel was chased away by a kingfisher, who did not linger long enough to be a photographic subject.
Blue Spring State Park // Nov 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and here's hoping the web site gets all the bugs out. I shot this eagle from the nature boat ride at Blue Springs State Park. The guide said he would probably fly as the boat passed, but he was cooperative and let us get a few shots.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park // Nov 13, 2009
This photo was taken at Paynes Prairie the last time I visited there in August, and resident photographer and volunteer extraordinaire Dominick Martino was our host, showing us the natural wonders of “his” place. He was one of the most dynamic posters on MPP, documenting the appearance and behavior of animals, birds, insects and plants of the beautiful preserve where he spent much of his time. Dominick passed away on October 17, 2009 after a short illness. The Friends of Paynes Prairie held a celebration of his life at the preserve on October 22, and a more lasting memorial is being planned. For details, go to <br>http://www.prairiefriends.org/domCelebration.html. He will be sorely missed. Dominick’s web site is http://dommartino.zenfolio.com/<br>
Viera Wetlands // Sep 24, 2009
In the wildflower identification book, the wild Passion-flower also has the common name of Maypop. The flower almost looks too complex for such a simple name. This gorgeous wildflower, a vining plant, grows throughout the state, and blooms every season except winter. This one was at Viera Wetlands, but we also found them at Paynes Prairie.
St Johns County Ocean Pier Park // Sep 13, 2009
The St Johns County Ocean Pier Park is the scene of many events including free weekly concerts, a farmers' market, surf contests, and special occasions such as the celebration of St Augustine Beach's 50th Anniversary.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Sep 10, 2009
Gopher Tortoises are an endangered species, mostly from loss of habitat, and the parks (like Washington Oaks) and private lands with understanding owners are safe places for them to be. They are long-lived, up to 40-60 years. This one was probably in the upper range since he was fairly large. The tortoises are herbivores, and he was contently munching on grass until I interrupted him for a photograph.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // Sep 4, 2009
Even in August, a supposedly slow time for bird action, one could find things happening at Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Gay. Both of these areas are water treatment areas, and the county has turned them into wildlife habitat -- wonderful spots for the photographer.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park // Sep 1, 2009
Paynes Prairie served up a veritable feast of wildflowers in August, among them the American Lotus (pictured here), Passionflower, March Mallow, Partridge Pea and a host of others. Nature puts on a grand show.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park // Aug 15, 2009
There was an array of beautiful butterflies at Paynes Prairie on this day, and many flowers to feast upon.
Fort Mose Historical State Park // Aug 4, 2009
Not much was stirring at Fort Mose yesterday except the insects, and some of them were busy making more insects.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse // Jul 20, 2009
Visited by over 125,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse at the station is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest masonry lighthouse in the nation.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse // Jul 20, 2009
On the lighthouse grounds, the Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world, including the rotating first order Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse and the restored original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first order Fresnel lens.<br>
Fort Mose Historical State Park // Jul 11, 2009
Fort Mose Historical State Park is a small state park just north of St. Augustine. It is small in acreage but nicely arranged, with a boardwalk out over a marshy area. A new visitor center just opened.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jun 18, 2009
The Bonaire National Marine Park was established in 1979, so the country got an early start on conservation. The island economy is geared to to the diving industry.
Phil Foster Park // May 24, 2009
Phil Foster Park is a small park on the Intracoastal Canal, and divers find an amazing amount of sea life in the shallow waters there.
Butterfly World // May 21, 2009
Tradewinds Park is a 699-acre Broward County regional park that is home to Butterfly World and Tradewinds and Atlantic Railroad. In the butterfly section, hundreds of vividly-colored butterflies flit among equally brilliant flowers as classical music plays in the background. A friend with us, a romantic at heart, was heard to mutter, "Wouldn't this make a great location for a wedding?"
Long Key Nature Center // May 20, 2009
The pond at Long Key Nature Center, with a small island in the center, is not very large, but it was the center of an impressive amount of wildlife activity. You did not have to move very far to view the animals, from dragonflies to birds to iguanas.
Long Key Nature Center // May 19, 2009
While we were visiting, there was a lot going on in a small area at Long Key Nature Center. In addition to all the wildlife action near the pond, a Hindu wedding, with the guests in beautifully-colored attire, was in progress in the nearby pavilion.
Butterfly World // May 17, 2009
At Butterfly World, hundreds of vividly-hued butterflies flit among equally brilliant flowers, with classical music playing in the background. A friend with us, a romantic at heart, was heard to mutter, "Wouldn't this be a great location for a wedding?"
Butterfly World // May 14, 2009
Butterfly World is a wealth of beauty, information and education on butterflies and the plants that feed them. We were there for several hours and only completed about a third of the exhibits. There is also an extensive display of hummingbirds and other exotic species, as well as sections for orchids, roses and other flowers.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // May 9, 2009
Wakodahatchie Wetlands is as interesting for the beautiful flowers as it is for the wildlife. Many spring wildflowers, such as this native pickerelweed, were in full bloom.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands // May 8, 2009
This was our first visit to Wakodahatchee, and I wish I could move it closer to our home. There was so much going on that you could walk the boardwalk and see stuff, or you could plant yourself in one of the covered shelters and just let things come to you.
Great Florida Birding Trail // Apr 1, 2009
We took a hike on the Eco-walk Trail in the Crystal River Buffer Preserve. It is a 2.2 mile walking trail, well-developed with interpretive nature stops along the way. The trail is one of the components of the Nature Coast section of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Details can be found at http://www.citrusbirdingtrail.com/BirdcountR.html<br><br>
Crystal River Preserve State Park // Mar 28, 2009
Phil Foster Park is a newly-renovated 14.65 acre beach facility on Blue Heron Boulevard in the city of Riviera Beach in close proximity to the Lake Worth Inlet, the Port of Palm Beach and Peanut Island. The park provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors with emphasis on boater access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. A large pier and two smaller fishing platforms offer anglers the chance to test their saltwater skills in the beautiful waters of the lagoon. A guarded swimming beach provides the perfect access for bathers of all ages to enjoy the sun and fun. A nearby playground facility is sure to delight children ages 5 - 12. A special highlight of the park is four picnic shelters which overlook the surrounding waterway.
City of Cape Coral // Mar 10, 2009
The city of Cape Coral protects its famous bird residents, including the burrowing owls, flocks of monk parakeets and nesting eagles. It's a good investment, because the birds bring in visitors, who spend money in the local economy.
North Peninsula State Park // Feb 12, 2009
North Peninsula State Park is located along the ocean just below the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area. It is an area of low scrub, a perfect area to host a family of scrub jays.
Haw Creek Preserve // Dec 29, 2008
Haw Creek Preserve is a Flager County park, a 1000-plus acre parcel with a beautiful creek running through it. A long boardwalk with multiple decks off the pathway along the creek makes walking easy. There are many plants and animals to see and photograph. We found some of the rare green-fly orchids still blooming.
Faver-Dykes State Park // Nov 15, 2008
Favor-Dyes Park has one picnic pavilion with power outlets, which makes it an ideal place to brew a pot of coffee and enjoy a crock pot of chili on a cool day.
Wakatobi Marine National Park // Nov 1, 2008
The Wakatobi Marine National Park is an archipelago of four large islands located in south east Sulawesi, Indonesia. At 3.4 million acres, it is the second largest marine-protected area in Indonesia. The park encompasses stunning coral reefs, white sand beaches and a wealth of whales and dolphins. Positioned at the heart of the Indo Pacific area where marine biodiversity is at its greatest, diving is truly fantastic. Over 90,000 people live within the national park, many of whom rely on the reefs and inter-tidal habitats for their livelihoods. These peoples include many interesting cultures and histories. The objective of the marine park management is to balance the needs of the local communities while protecting biodiversity.
Bonaire Marine Park // Jul 1, 2008
Bonaire was way ahead of the other Caribbean islands in conservation of its marine resources. In 1971 they banned spearfishing; in 1975 they made it illegal to break or take coral. With the support of the World Wildlife Fund, the island established the Bonaire National Marine Park in 1979. The Park starts at the high water mark and extends to 200 feet of depth and covers an area of 6672 acres all around the island. The park's purpose is to ensure that Bonaire's marine resources - its magnificent coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves - remain intact. Every person who dives in Bonaire pays a park fee to support the on-going cost of maintaining this national treasure.
Washington Slagbaai National Park // Jun 17, 2008
The flora and fauna of Washington-Slagbaai National Park looks as if it were designed by Dr Seuss. A thick growth of cactus, interspersed with gnarled and unusual trees and scrubs, partially covers the arid landscape. Almost all of this growth seems to sport thorns of some type. Occupying some 13,500 acres at one end of the island of Bonaire (almost one-fifth of the island), this park presents hills with scenic vistas, vast saline plains, beaches and exotic birds. Animal life includes wild donke
Anastasia State Park // Nov 2, 2007
My husband and I live only a few blocks from Anastasia State Park, so it is very handy for me. We recently purchased the Florida State Park pass, and have been putting it to use at various locations. The pass admits up to eight people in a car, and is valid for a year.
Cypress Island Preserve // Mar 15, 2007
The Cypress Island Preserve, a Nature Conservancy property in Lake Martin in south Louisiana is an extremely busy rookery at this time of year (March). The great egrets were nesting in the hundreds, with the trees looking as if they had all of a sudden sprouted huge white flowers. Like the St Augustine (Florida) Alligator Farm, the birds find this swamp a great place to build nests because the waters below are full of alligators, which keep any predators from raiding their nests. After the egrets build the roseate spoonbills will arrive, ready to start their nesting season. The preserve also hosts cormorants and great blue herons. The local tour guides can give you an impressive list of resident and migratory birds, including the pileated woodpecker, painted and indigo buntings, butter butts (local for yellow-rumped warbler), various owls and numerous other small birds.
Washington Oaks Garden State Park // Feb 13, 2007
Washington Oaks Park is a real treat for the soul almost any time of the year. It's a beautiful place, full of lush plantings, spring-fed ponds and giant spreading oaks. The park always seems to have an active bunch of birds, resident and migratory.
Viera Wetlands // Jan 29, 2007
It was our first visit to Viera, and we were amazed at the cacaphony of bird noises. There was such a variety of both birds and sounds, and at times the volume sounded like a crowd in the distance.