Monday, February 25, 2019

More from Florida


Happy Monday everyone! 

These Mondays keep rolling right along and I am counting down the days till spring. I am sharing some photos from Jan 9th. It was another day of visiting Florida Parks and the beach. 

Update: as of the morning of 2/26 Diane's blog has returned. YAY!!!!

I wanted to mention that our blogging friend Diane of LavenderDreams had her blog disappear. I assume we all have to watch what we say in our blogs. I can't imagine Diane ever having anything negative on her blog. Maybe it is all a misunderstanding and she will get her old blog back. This is my hope. If you know a way to help, I hope you visit her at her new blog. It is sad you can blog for ten years and just suddenly all your words and photos disappear. I am including her new link and maybe we can all show our support for Diane at  The new Lavender Dreams .

We started off our day with a repeat visit to the Green Cay Nature Center. It is a great park to see the birds, easy walking on the boardwalk. 

In the mosaic below on the top row are the Painted Buntings, Purple Swamphen, Tricolored Heron. Middle row are the Little Blue Heron, pretty palm tree, Purple Gallinule. Bottom row are the Green Heron, Glossy Ibis and a Pied-billed Grebe. 



After a few hours at the Green Cay Nature Park, we headed to the nearby Wakodahatchee Wetlands. In the mosaic below are some of the birds of the wetlands. These birds are easy to see and photograph most were standing right next to the boardwalk. 


We saw a couple of American Bitterns at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, the bittern below was almost hidden in the grasses. 


Tricolored Heron landed on the boardwalk railing. 




Top row, wetland sign and boardwalk, Wood Storks, Green Heron. Middle row is a Florida gator, Purple Gallinule, Purple Swamphens, American Bittern. Bottom row the Queen Butterfly, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and another alligator. 


In the mosaic below I am showing the three species in the Rallidae family, Chicken like birds and kin to the rails. The Purple Gallinule on the left, the Common Moorhen top right and the Purple Swamphen bottom right. 




Below are a few photos for comparison, sometimes people get the American Bittern on the top confused with the Green Heron in the photos below. We saw both both on this day at both of the parks mentioned above. 







Hubby and I both loved the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park located in Palm Beach County. This was our last stop of the day and I wish we had more time to spend at this park. You had a choice of walking to the beach or taking a shuttle. We decided to walk, the beach is located at the end of a 1600 foot boardwalk over the Lake Worth Lagoon. 



Not the best photo below but I wanted to document this Yellow-crowned Night Heron. It was seen from the boardwalk, I think these birds roost or nest in the mangroves along the lagoon.





The boardwalk to the beach and the view of the Lake Worth Lagoon. 


John D. MacArthur Beach, it is a pretty beach . Very clean and not very crowded while we were there. The beach spans 2 miles along the Atlantic Ocean.





Pretty view of the beach and ocean waves. 




Thanks for your visit today!  I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.


Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday

Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!




I hope to see you there. Thanks to the hosts today. Enjoy your day and new week.


As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

74 comments:

  1. Hello,

    You have wonderful beaches! It looks so lovely to stay there.
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Hello Marit, the beaches in Florida were pretty and warm. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  2. Muito lindos os mosaicos com pedacinhos de belas fotos! Tão bom de ver! Que seja maravilhosa a semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thanks Chica! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  3. Excelente trabalho fotográfico de que gostei bastante e aproveito para desejar uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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  4. I surely enjoyed your mosaics with a lot of colourful critters!
    Sorry for Diane...
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Thanks so much! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  5. Such beautiful photos.

    Hard to believe almost all of those animals were once part of my daily life. LOL (I didn't have the iguanas where we were, but if you believe the news people, they were heading our way. ;-) )

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    1. Thanks Dee! The iguanas do enjoy the warmer weather. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  6. I hope Diane gets her blog back! And, Eileen, your photos are marvelous. So many birds, and beautiful ocean scenes.

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    1. Thanks Anni! I think we all want Diane to get her blog back. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  7. Hari OM
    Biggyfing and exploring your mosaics is (almost) as much fun as being there!!! YAM xx

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    1. Thanks Yam! I am happy you enjoyed the mosaics! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  8. You obviously had a very fine time in Florida. When I visited Wakodahatchee many years ago a small population of Spot-breasted Orioles had established themselves there. Are they still present?



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    1. Hello David, I did not see the Spot-breasted Orioles during my visit. We did have a great time in Florida, the birding was wonderful. Thanks for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day!

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  9. Hello, Hope you are doing well. Amazing pics.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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    1. Thank you for the comment and visit. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  10. I really would like a walk along the shore in the last photo. my favorite is the Heron on the railing to the boardwalk. speaks to me and the other one that speaks is the look UP the palm tree in the center of the collage. all of these are truly beautiful

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    1. Hi Sandra, my eyes are all over the place. I am lucky I am not on the ground from not watching where I walk. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day!

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  11. Such a glorious celebration of wildlife! Love this post!

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    1. Thanks Marie! I appreciate your comment. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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    1. THanks Mac! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  13. Thank you SO much for letting our blog friends know what's going on with Lavender Dreams. It's been devastating. But I have a couple of people that have said they are working on restoring it so I am hopeful!! We went to Blue Run yesterday and saw all kinds of neat critters and we thought about the Bittern...we haven't seen one in months. They are hard to spot, aren't they! Love the beach scenes you've shared too! Enjoy your day! And thanks for being such a good friend to support and encourage me! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane! I am hoping all goes well with you and your blog. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  14. gorgeous mosaics eileen, you saw so many beautiful critters. the purple gallinule is a favorite because of the size and colors but those painted buntings are hard to resist as well!!

    the beaches are beautiful, the water is so calm!!

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    1. Hello, The Purple Gallinule is a beauty, the colors are lovely in the sunlight. Thanks for the visit. Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  15. You really had to move to get all this in, in one day. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Red! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  16. I want to Be there now... beautiful landscape. Happy MosaicMonday!

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    1. Thanks Erica! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  17. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos and collages of your journey that you have made.
    Everything perfectly photographed, my compliments.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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    1. Thanks Tom! Enjoy your day, have a happy new week!

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  19. What wonderful places and very nice photos

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  20. What a delightful array of pics to share. I had a great time going back over them

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  21. What a wonderful boardwalk, and the liner boat out there, truly lovely.The beach even looks warm, and as we have a cold morning here, every photo is warming. Hope Diane gets her previous blog back, that is so unfair and quite frightening.

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  22. Eileen - The tropics have so much to offer in terms of wildlife!!! Just when I thought you were "done", there was another mosaic with a glorious variety of fauna. I think the Swamphen is my favorite … Thanks for sharing these stunning mosaics with the Mosaic Monday crowd. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  23. Wow! Eileen ~ Beautiful photos of our feathered friends and wonderful presenation ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. We missed the John D McArthur Beach...thank you for another great addition to my must-visit list! Your photos, as always are amazing. Great comparison of the herons that are so hard to tell apart at first and nice to see the bittern that hides so well.

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  25. The mosaics are gorgeous, well done. The scenery is awesome with the pretty beaches.
    Enjoy your day!

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  26. Thanks for taking us on such a nice tour, Eileen!

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  27. So many beautiful birds to see and photo- my favorite would be the Bittern almost hidden in the grasses. Such a perfect finish to the day to walk on that beautiful beach. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Fantastic birds, and mosaics, love them.

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  29. So refreshing to see all these great photos and mosaics. Love the scenery and the birds. What a nice places to explore. Poor Lavender Dreams...I can't imagine losing my whole blog. I'll head over.

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  30. It must be fun to wiggle your toes in that soft beach sand!

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  31. Great series of photos. And I added the New Lavender Dreams to the list of bloggers I have on my blog site. I haven't finished reading her full post yet, but her story is very concerning. For all I know, I could have something on my blog that the Google bots will find offensive, and they'll eradicate my blog.

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  32. Gorgeous photos, as always, Eileen. And lots of fabulous blue skies, for which I am greatly longing! Thank you for this on a cold, windy, icy day here!

    I'll be sharing Diane's story later this week. Grim. And scary.

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  33. That's dreadful about Diane's Lavender Dreams. I seem to remember years and years ago it happening to someone else, but I can't remember what the solution was. Do hope friends can help her. Your photos are wonderful Eileen, so much incredible wildlife, thank you for sharing them. Have a great week :)

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  34. So many dreamy photos, I wish I were there right now. That heron hanging out on the boardwalk railing is hilarious, like it's king of walk. A walkway spanning two miles over the ocean sounds incredible.

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  35. Oh, Eileen...what a jackpot of birds. I so love these...love the different herons, and the American bittern. Wonderful photos!

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  36. Wonderful scenes! I don't even know how to back up my blog. I'm sure there isn't enough room on my computer.

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  37. Lovely shots, Eileen. The Purple Gallinule is gorgeous.
    Amalia
    xo

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  38. A fantastic array of bird species in this post and you were very fortunate to see the Bittern adn get shots of it.

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  39. Rich fauna and flora! Such feast for your lens, I see. :)

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  40. Such beautiful shots! I've heard of people's blog disappearing - I think it might have something to do with the fact that Googe plus is going away soon.

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  41. Have a good week Eileen

    Much😊love

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  42. We always enjoy coming to see you Eileen. Thank you for taking us for a walk through nature and the sea. Great photos.
    Te deseo buena semana.
    Besos.

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  43. So many birds to see, great set of photos.
    Amanda xx

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  44. Wow Lots to see in Flordia. Love the beaches and I like that Purple Gallinule
    MB

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  45. You are correct. We have to always review what we are writing.
    Anyway, pictures are as usual beautiful..

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  46. To see so many different and beautiful birds, in such a short period, it's amazing. Thank you for showing them and the beautiful beach as well. Greetings and I wish you nice days.

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  47. You showed us lot through this single post and I enjoyed the collage work on birds, nature and beaches! I see tall buildings on the other side of the Lake Worth and natural habitation to go along the development without disturbance was great sight.

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  48. sorry ... was it Diane ... Lavender ... hope all will turn out for the best? what a pain in the rump. i don't ever back up my blog ... someone was talking about that??! i know a lot of you all really love your blogs. i love mine ... i own the domain ...but i tell ya ... i don't know a ton ... always learning myself ... teaching it to myself ... etc. lovely views. have a great rest of your week. thx 4 sharing. take care. ( ;

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  49. So many lovely birds, and I like the ocean scenes too.
    All great pictures and I always enjoy seeing your mosaics.

    All the best Jan

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  50. That is such a pretty beach. I would love to walk on that long wooden bridge!

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  51. Reading about Diane of LavenderDreams is very troubling. However, that's the trouble with free services and automated bots that patrol. Then there is no recourse if an error happens, support is poor, etc. Plus, the free service can close shop with little or no warning.
    In my opinion the best bet is: Domain name with a hosting service with blogging software like Wordpress. But it is $$. The domain costs $ and the hosting service is $$. The it's a good idea to have the domain name and hosting service separate, i.e., domain name registered with one company (i.e., MDD) and hosting service at another (WIX). Having them separate means you are not tied to one company and there is an issue one or the other is safer.
    It a little more involved but can be safer.

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