Thursday, January 23, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday


 Happy Thankful Thursday! 

 Is Florida the sunshine state?  Washington Oaks State Park has a two parts. There is a beach area with the Coquina Rocks and the formal gardens.  We visited this park on Christmas Day, we walked on the beach and around the gardens. It was another 7 mile day.

 When in Florida, you have to have a pretty day for a beach walk.  Yes, clear sunny skies did appear on our December trip.  I am thankful to see the sunshine.



 Shorebirds landing on the Coquina rocks.


Tidal pools in the Coquina rock formations. 


A pretty sky and Brown Pelicans. 


The rocky Coquina Beach, Washington Oaks State Park.


 The formal gardens at Washington Oaks State Park. Christmas decorations and trees, Monarch Butterfly, pond, Zebra Longwing, rose and iris. Our total miles walked on Christmas day was 7.2 miles. Most of the Garden walk was a loop trail at Washington Oaks, I think it was almost 4 miles and the rest of the walk was at the beach.



I am thankful for sunny skies on my vacations. 
I am always thankful for the beauty all around me.  
I am always thankful for your visit and comments.
Live simple and be happy!  😊




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!

82 comments:

  1. Hello Eileen!

    Beautiful photos! I like very much the flowers on your last photo.
    The Iris is very oretty, and the rose too. The others I'm not so sure about 😊

    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Marit! The blooms in Florida were beautiful. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  2. What a nice way to spend Christmas; beauty, warmth and no snow to deal with. It would work for me!💖

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    1. Hello Susan, thanks for the visit and comment. It would be nice to go the rest of the winter with no more snow. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  4. Flores, sol ,mar!Só posso ADORAR VER! bjs praianos, chica

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    1. Thanks Chica, for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  5. When I see scenes like this I really wish that I lived closer to the coast. There is so much richness at the shore.

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    1. Hello, I would like to live close to the coast too. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  6. How lovely. I love the rocks.
    I'm looking forward to butterflies this year. I wonder how far away spring is?!

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    1. Hello Jenn, I think Spring will still be a long time coming. We were spoiled by a couple of good weeks.
      Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  7. Hari OM
    All good!!! Ever grateful. YAM xx

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    1. Hello Yam, thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  8. ...the first image is spectacular!

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    1. Thanks Tom, for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  9. Very nice photos!
    I'm looking forward for the beach in the summer!
    Have a great Thursday!

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    1. Hello, Ella! I love the beach, wish it was closer. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  10. the rock formations are quite interesting. Happy Day.

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    1. Gayle, thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  11. Live simple and be happy! Oh the joys of being outside in nature's beauty! I love those butterfly photos and the ocean with rocks on the shore. Just beautiful! I think we'll make the hike we had planned for a few days ago...today! Better weather! heehee! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, enjoy your hike! Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  12. Love the tidal pool and pelican photos.
    Have a great Thankful Thursday!

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  13. I love those rocks, Eileen! You had a wonderful day for a hike!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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    1. Thanks Lady Fi, for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  15. Pretty. I like Rocky stretches of beach.

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    1. Hi Anni, my hubby loves the rocky beaches. Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  16. För mig som aldrig varit i Florida är det verkligen ett soligt paradis, det är i alla fall som det framställs här i alla semesterbroschyrer. Oerhört vackra och spännande sandstränder med mycket liv. Tack för fina bilder Eileen!

    En trevlig helg önskar jag dig!

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    1. Hello Gunilla, you should visit Florida some day! Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  17. Oh so inviting ~ beautiful nature shots of the beach and lovely floral shots too ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Hello Carol, thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  18. How wonderful to be on beach and garden for Christmas...and to see a Monarch too!

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  19. Gorgeous beach views. Lucky you! I love the beach! Wished we lived closer.

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    1. It would be nice to live close to a beach! Thanks for the visit and comment. Have a great day and a happy weekend ahead.

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  20. The tidal pools are interesting formations...
    We always have reasons to be thankful, when we look at the Nature!
    Happy weekend ahead to you!

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    1. Hello, Yes, I am thankful for all things nature related. Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  21. Natural occurring bird baths along the shoreline.

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    1. Hello, Yes, they do look like bird baths. Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  22. Sand, salt air, those rock pools, I can hear the waves and smell that air as I read, nothing compares. It is a long time since I walked on a beach, maybe this will jog us into a seaside visit. Monarch, we have had very few this tear, and even though the swan plants have had the leaves eaten, no eggs or caterpillars so far.

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    1. Hello, I do love a walk on the beach, nothing compares. Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  23. I love the Sanderlings and the Ruddy Turnstones, they are fabulous.

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    1. Bob, Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  24. Beautiful photos, Eileen. The beach is so very pretty, I love those brown pelicans, I've only see white ones.

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    1. Thank you Bill, for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  25. I always enjoy sunny skies! Don't mind a few clouds now and then...actually can be quite refreshing in the heat of summer. But even then, always glad when the sun returns. I love those rocks with the tidal pools in them...I wish I could have one here at home. LOL That collage sure contains a lot of beauty.

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    1. Hi Rose, the rocky beach was nice, I love any beach. Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  26. Sunny skies are always a bonus for sure. Glad you got some. Lovely photos and collage...

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    1. Hello Ellen, Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  27. Good for you to get out and do 7 mile walks. they pay off in seeing much more.

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    1. Hello Red, Thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  28. those tide pools in the rock formations are really intriguing. And oh, it looks warm!

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    1. Hi Jeanie, thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  29. Eileen, these photos are lovely. I like seeing the shot of the tide pools. Such important habitats!! Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Michelle, thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  31. Stunning pics.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  32. Beautiful beach scenes!
    A nice group of photos from the Gardens, too.
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. Lea, thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  33. Hello Eileen,
    Nice series of photos of your walk in Florida.
    I find photo 3 really special, beautiful.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Hello Irma, thank you for the visit and comment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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  34. Hello Eileen,
    Very nice pictures of that beach.
    Wonderful with the figures of the sand and the stones. It gives wonderful creations. Good shots!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco! Have a great day and happy weekend!

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  35. Good Morning Eileen! In all my years in Florida I have never visited Washington Oaks State Park. It looks wonderful!

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  36. Wishing I was walking on the beach today! It's terribly gloomy here! Thank you for your visit and continue to enjoy your sunshine!

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  37. Those rocks are really interesting. I'd enjoy seeing them!

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  38. Great weather and a great place to go walking!!

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  39. Wow, 7 miles + is quite a walk and it looks well worth it.

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  40. I love how you share all these places you visit Eileen. The photos are great! Enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend :)

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  41. Looks like a perfect day to be out and about, with beautiful skies and a gorgeous beach. I like the rock formations in the tide pools. Have a nice weekend!

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  42. Its great to walk along a beach.

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  43. Hello Eileen!

    Hope it's not yet too late to greet you a Happy New Year! Those beautiful rocks on the shore looks like cute little natural swimming pools for those birds! What a very relaxing day you went there!

    Stevenson
    http://www.stevensonque.com

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  44. Belíssima essa zona costeira que proporcionou fotos incríveis!
    Fiquei encantada com as imagens do Parque! Imagino que tenha passado um Natal muito especial, num sítio tão bonito... e embora super atrasada... desde já aqui ficam os meus votos, para si e todos os seus de um sensacional e muito feliz 2020, com muita saúde, e repleto de bons acontecimentos!
    Beijinhos!
    Ana

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