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Cape Coral Burrowing Owls – Day 2

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21 Dec 2015

Burrowing Owls

The Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral, Florida

Maintaining a hold on remaining bits and pieces of their habitat in the developed environs of Cape Coral, Florida these pint-sized predators live in burrows that they dig themselves.

Current estimates are 1,000 nesting pairs inhabit the burrows of Cape Coral.

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Cape Coral is actively engaged in both protecting and promoting their Burrowing Owls.

18 Dec 2015

Delahaye 135

Delahaye 135

“She just wanted to ride in a Delahaye 135.

She just wanted to ride in a Hudson Commodore.

No need to worry anymore.”

Jason Isbell

Lyrics from ‘Hudson Commodore’

There is a story here.

Jason Isbell has entranced us with his most recent music. We listen often.

Certain songs stick in the mind. Hudson Commodore does just that.

The reference to Delahaye 135 and Hudson Commodore intrigued me.

Classic cars: right up my interest ally.

Further search took me to collections and collectors that had either on display.

The Commodores seem to be found in the midwest. Nowhere near our winter road trip route.

The Delahaye 135 was a different story.

Enter the REVS Institute for Automotive Reserarch.

A combined collection (The Collier and Cunningham collections) of fine automobiles housed, maintained and displayed in Naples, Florida.

They possess and display a Delahaye 135. We put it on our photo op list.

The REVS Institute for Automotive Reserarch is worth the time and money.

Treat yourself to the docent led tour, then linger afterwards.

Listen to Jason Isbell’s song while you enjoy the images.

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17 Dec 2015

Venice Audubon Rookery ~ Morning Display

Venice Audubon Rookery ~ Morning Display

AM Dominance on Display

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Pick Me, Pick Me …venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9209 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9212 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9216 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9217 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9218 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9219 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9261 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9262 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9263 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9265 Visual Bullyingvenicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9641 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9642 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9643 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9644 venicerookery-12-12-2015-6Y9A9649

The Venice Rookery ~ Morning Display : Expanded Image Gallery Link

The Venice Rookery ~ Nesting & Flight Blog Post Link

The Venice Rookery ~ Nesting & Flight : Expanded Image Gallery Link

The Venice Rookery

Thanks to the Venice Area Audubon Society.



16 Dec 2015

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park

West Central Florida

A grab bag of images from Florida’s largest state park.


Beautiful but invasive wild hyacinth that grows in mats on the surface of the lakes.6Y9A0077 6Y9A0082


Took me a bit to puzzle out the protrusion from the hawk’s belly

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Live Oak

The following images were captured on the Bird Walk.

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Did anyone take you Snipe hunting back in your naive youth?


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Great Blue Heron walking in more than what he bargained for in the way of a meal, … but he has a plan.6Y9A9939 6Y9A9957

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Myakka River State Park Link

Friends of Myakka River State Park FB Link

14 Dec 2015

Venice Audubon Rookery ~ Nesting & Flight

The Venice Rookery

Thanks to the Venice Area Audubon Society.

Well kept and well preserved.

Honored by the wildlife, photographers and birders that pass through and frequent.

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The Venice Rookery ~ Morning Display Blog Post Link

The Venice Rookery ~ Morning Display : Expanded Image Gallery Link

13 Dec 2015

Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota National Cemetery

We were at Sarasota National Cemetery five years ago, 12/2010.

It was just in it’s infancy, two years of existence.

A different place now.

Beautiful then, sparse.

Beautiful now …

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Behind and a part of the amphitheater.

None of this existed five years ago.

Only the physical grave sites and headstones.

Someone had a vision.

Two days later : Holiday Wreaths and the Scent of Pine

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Hallowed Grounds

Previous Sarasota Nat’l Cemetery Blog Entry ~ 12/2010 Link

Sarasota National Cemetery Expanded Image Gallery Link

Beaufort (SC) National Cemetery Blog Link

Chalmette (LA) National Cemetery Blog Link

13 Dec 2015

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park – Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

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The Loggerhead Shrike is a new bird to me as far as my photography goes and my birding as well.

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An up front thank you to Paul Miller and Linda Eastman among others of the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve FB group for their assistance.

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Interesting and unique habits and behavior pretty well summarized and presented here by Nat’l Geo. Well worth the short time to watch.

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7 Dec 2015

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Largest Remaining Expanse of Florida Dry Prairie

South Pasture Slough


Tri-Colored Heron

Birds in the slough were much more stand-offish than in the past.

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Eastern Meadowlark

“The sound of the prairie.”

Paul Miller

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The Butcher Bird

Thanks to Linda Eastman

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Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve (FB)

Previous Blogs Posts

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve 01/2011

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve 01/2014

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve 01/2014 – II

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve 01/2014 – III

6 Dec 2015