Tag Archives: nature photographs

Purple Gallinule at Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Quest for the purple gallinule

  Seeing the purple gallinule has been a quest of mine for some time. If you’ve not seen a gallinule, they are quite a visual treat.  With their bright purple-blue, green-turquoise feathers they don’t seem real. They have bright red and yellow beaks with a turquoise head marking. Only once had I seen and photographed […]

Poinsettia Festival

Every year around Christmas time,  the University of Florida Environmental Horticultural Club hosts a “Poinsettia Festival.”  It’s always interesting to see the new leaf shapes, colors and designs of poinsettias that have been grafted.  I believe I overheard someone say orange is the newest color. Here’s a short video from today’s visit.

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]

Osprey Fishing: Bentfeather

If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

Snowy Egret

Beautiful birds at low tide

Low tide provided a real gathering of birds. First a Reddish Egret captured a shrimp for supper. Second an Ibis flew by. They have curved orange beaks for routing in the bottom of the lake for their supper. Third, a Spoonbill (my favorite) awoke and started thinking about supper. Spoonbills have beautiful pink feathers. Their […]

red trillium in Florida hammock

Trillium kurabayashii in Florida? A sign for the New Year?

It’s December 30, 2013 — close enough to the New Year.  With a warm 70F today, we walked one of our favorite hammock hikes in Central Florida.  While there was lots of color in the hammock with lichen, red berries and the green covered ponds at this time of year, we were especially delighted to […]