Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cedar Key!

Ah, back to one of my favorite spots!

As described in Paddle Tales, I was back in Cedar Key again, hoping for cool weather, which I found. However, it was very windy for the first couple of days, so I headed over to the wildlife park in Homosassa Springs and walked around getting some photos. I don't normally take a lot of photos in parks like this since I am uneasy around captive animals. However, the birds here (in the area in which I took these photos) are free to come and go as they wish.

Flamingoes! A Florida bird, but not found in my usual stomping grounds, so I love photographing them.


I don't know what these ducks are, but they were in the same area, and very cute.

And sandhill cranes! They spend time in the field behind our house during their migration, but of course you can't get too close to them, particularly on foot. So it was nice to see these. This one was making their unique sound, possibly fussing about some buzzards that had landed nearby in their area:

Here's a close-up of that one.

Nearby were some whooping cranes, which are very similar to the sandhills, although they have white feathers.


That one was busy grooming itself~

These owls were so cute--the one on the right seems somewhat bored, though...

Of course I had to take a few photos of the roseate spoonbills--a bird that eludes me here at home while posing so nicely for other local bloggers (you know who you are!).

I have always been very fond of swans, and they had some real beauties swimming in their waterways.



The next morning I sat on my balcony having my muffin and coffee for breakfast. I was joined by a seagull, pictured on the paddling blog site, as well as a few boat-tail grackles, who were so happy to share my muffin with me.


I had another good day on the island, and drove over to the other side that evening to catch the sunset.

A fantastic trip to a wonderful part of Florida. Visit there if you can.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

This and That

I thought I would take a drive to see what Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park had to offer. I'm afraid I was monumentally underwhelmed, although I'm sure there would be those who would appreciate it.

I continued east on Hwy 90. This would take me over the tip of Lake Miccosukee, offering a possible photo opportunity to make up for the lack thereof at the state park. When I got there, this woman was fishing from the walkway that is over the run-off area.

The water was rushing over the short retaining wall and under the highway bridge.

Before I left, I took a photo looking toward the lake. In normal water-level times, there is only a very narrow passage leading from the nearby boat ramp to the lake itself.

After that I decided to explore a photo opportunity that I discovered many years ago, before I was taking many pictures. I used to travel a dirt road to get to a friend's house, and every time I came to this one section where the trees form a canopy overhead, I would think that would make a nice photo. I decided to finally go take that picture.

On my way home, I passed a guy baling hay in a field so pulled over and took a few photos of him as well.

(I just can't resist those big skies when they are so blue and white!)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Hagan's Cove, Taylor County, Florida

We decided to go back to Hagan's Cove on a sunny Saturday, giving me a chance to get more scenic photos to play with!

The tide was in, filling the flats with water. I feel certain that later in the year (basically any time except summer) these areas are filled with shorebirds when the tide is out.

We climbed the little viewing tower they have there. You can see the tops of some of the picnic shelters over to the right, near the water.

We walked to the other boat ramp area, passing by a piney flatwoods area. The photo was a little boring so I tinkered a bit with it.

We set our chairs up and sat by the inlet for a while. It's a great place to spend an afternoon.

Interestingly, while this was the view in front of us, dark gray clouds were coming up behind us, which produced a very heavy storm about 10 minutes after I took this photo.