Thursday, April 11, 2019

Happy Thankful Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday

This is my last post on our Florida trip in January 2019. We saw some new places and a few repeat places we enjoyed from previous trips. On this last full day after leaving Key Largo we drove to the Everglades National Park. Our visit happened during the government shutdown but this park was open partially. We visited the Flamingo area of the park, which is the most southernmost part of the Everglades National Park. 

The Flamingo area of the Everglades offers boat rides and tours. I like the sky and reflections of the clouds. 



A nearby Osprey nest. 





A Brown Pelican sitting on the dock. 


The White Ibis with a pretty blue sky. 


A view of the Florida Bay and gulf coast. 


We were happy to see a few Manatees around the boat docks. 



This was a small baby manatee off to the side, he/she looked a little sick to me. 



A sandbar out in the distance held lots of shorebirds, Osprey, Egrets and Herons. 




A Little Blue Heron with a Great Egret. It is hard to tell where the water ends and the sky begins. 



Below are a group of Snowy Egrets, a alligator that was making growling noises, Green Heron, Brown Pelican and another Osprey. 



I am thankful for all things nature related.
I am thankful for clear and sunny days.
am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday



Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

53 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Beautiful images from Florida. USA have many different climazones. It must be strange to watch at a aligathor. I'm so glad they don't live here :)

    Happy Thursday!

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  2. Maravilha!! Adorei o ninho lá no alto da árvore! Beleza! beijos, ótimo dia! chica

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  3. Barbara Manatee! (If you don't know this song, trust me, go look it up on You Tube. Adorable!)

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  4. ...the first images is gorgeous, have a happy day!

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  5. I really like manatees. I've never seen one, though. I've led a sheltered life!
    Great photos.

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  6. The sleepy pelican photo is beautiful!

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  7. I am watching for the return of the osprey to our boardwalk area. Amazing creatures.

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  8. Awesome look at the Flamingo area. The manatee is so much bigger in real life than I thought they were. I got the white crowned pigeon there too which was a huge treat and a surprise,,,it appeared on the board in the visitors center and I went to look for it and found it.

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  9. Wonderful bay area and pretty blue sky! Loved the reflection on first shot and napping brown pelican… the manatee seems to look out for compassion

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  10. Don't you think Pelican's always have that rather 'we've got life all under control' look about them? I guess it's that huge beak, that makes the livin' easy! Lovely pictures Eileen.
    Wren x

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  11. Wow! Such beautiful nature pictures. I love Everglades National Park. When I was a high school teacher, we used to take field trips there to do some science-based activities. The kids learned about the environment and had some fun at the same time. Win-win!

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  12. You saw such a nice variety of wildlife and birds! It's neat to see the Manatee...hope the little one is ok! Love your photos this morning. We hiked at Blue Run yesterday and it was teeming with birds...lots of tweety birds in the trees too! Enjoy your day!

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  13. How lovely your birds (and animals) are...and you've got a good eye and quick shutter to capture them all. Hve a great day, and thanks for stopping by my blogs.

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  14. Such fabulously serene shots.

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  15. Such wonderful pictures! I think Flamingo is the best part of the Everglades for wildlife viewing...I hope we can go back someday, we camped there when we had the Roadtrek here in Florida, but we’ve been flying the last few years. ....the alligator was either in breeding time or already had babies; that is when they growl!

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  16. I love Manatee, they are cuddlesome.

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  17. Nice shots of many critters. The pelican is funny...
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice afternoon!

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  18. i am sad to see florida go, it has been a beautiful "escape" for me!! the first picture is especially beautiful, the clouds reflecting on the water is so special. i also enjoy seeing pelicans and manatees, because we don't see them here. what is it about the manatees that we are all so drawn to?? they just seem so gentle and peaceful i suppose!!!

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  19. What great shots Eileen. I have never been to Florida and probably never will. It is so different than our rocky coast but birds are the same everywhere. Well you know what I mean
    MB

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing these

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  21. Loved all the birds and the manatee. I don't think I've ever seen one in it's natural habitat. Hope you have a lovely weekend coming up!

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  22. Great photos and the first one is my favorite. Nice reflection! Thanks for linking up today.

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  23. Such a wonderful place to see birds and your photographs are brilliant. Love the water, sky and reflection images. I have just sent you an email so I wish you a very happy weekend and thanks for all the work you do with your meme every Saturday.

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  24. Hi Eileen, Your photos from your Florida trip have been great. I am impressed with your knowledge of birds. Wish you could walk around Green Lake with me and help me ID the various kinds of ducks and other water fowl. Always enjoy your posts. Thank you for sharing and for your kind comments on my blog. Have a happy day! John

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  25. Wow, amazing photos that show those birds off so beautifully. A wonderful area to be. Thanks for sharing, I see birds from your photos that I would not see down here ever.

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  26. Maybe that gator was making a mateing call

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  27. Your first shot of the pelican is my favourite.

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  28. Beautiful photos, Eileen. I love the brown pelican resting on the dock.
    Enjoy your day!

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  29. I love seeing the manatees, Eileen! That is a perfect scene in the first shot!

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  30. Quite impressive birds and wondeful skies. Thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  31. The Everglades are much different than what we are used to.

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  32. I would love to visit this area sometime. I like the photo of the herons and the water and sky blending together!!

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  33. Beautiful! Whenever I see pelican picture it always reminds me a scene of two fighting pelican over a fish I saw few years back.

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  34. beautiful,resting pelican is my favourite. have a nice weekend, Eileen.

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  35. Beautiful images Eileen - loved them all but especially the manatee

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  36. Beautiful, peaceful shots Eileen.

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  37. Beautiful sky reflection,enjoy your beautiful weekend!

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  38. Great photos! Love the birds, and that reflection photo is really beautiful!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  39. Loved the sea/sky photo & the brown pelican in the sun!

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  40. Wow, you saved the best till last...each photo is really exceptional...I so love that first one, too. Of the sky and reflections. And pelican!

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  41. Thoroughly enjoyed your Florida photos Eileen. Great shots! I don't remember the Flamingo area, thanks for sharing that as next time we go we will be sure to check that area out.

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  42. Divine blue sky and lovely shots of nature's gems ~

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

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  43. Lovely nature shots. I like the blue heron and egret shot. May you enjoy more travels.

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  44. I have never seen a brown pelican folded up like that. I would love to see manatees in the wild.
    Great set of photos. I love your eye.

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  45. A stunning selection of shots here :)

    All the best Jan

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  46. I'd never imagine that brown pelican would turn out to be such a big bird from his huddled position!

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