Monday, February 3, 2020

Our World, My World



Happy Monday,

Happy February, the days are flying by. I am sharing our last day in Florida 2019, we visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  We walked on the boardwalk trail at the visitor center, saw various turtles including the Florida Soft-shelled Turtle, an alligator, next to the boardwalk we saw orange trees and a giant lather fern.



"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."   E.B. White


 I hope you all are not tired of seeing bird photos and post from me. I took close to 300 hundred photos just at the wildlife refuge.


 I love these Northern Shovelers, they have comical look to them. I think it is the big bill. 




Below are the Roseate Spoonbill, Spoonbill and Great Egret in flight, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Shoveler, American Avocets with gulls.





We have had many cold, cloudy and damp feeling days in January. On these days I tend to vegetate or what I call hibernate. I am reading a lot ebooks from my library and from Kindle Unlimited. Some of my recent favorite books are: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves, and I started an old series Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, my latest read now is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

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Check out My Corner of the World  Thanks to Betty the host. 
 
Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

109 comments:

  1. Hello,

    No, I'm not tired of them! The Roseate Spoonbill is very pretty.
    I wish you a nice day!

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    1. Thanks so much Marit! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  3. Hello, Hope you are doing well.
    Awesome pics.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful, have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you Natalia! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  5. Sempre tão lindas tuas fotos! Adoro ver! Desejo que a semana também seja linda! beijos, chica

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  6. Between the spoonbills and the shovelers, Eileen, I think you need to name this outing, "Big Bill Day!" In addition to the birds, I would have very much enjoyed that Florida Soft-shelled Turtle. The only one I ever saw was already in the mouth of an alligator.

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    1. LOL, they do have big bills. Thank you for the comment David. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  7. Hello,
    what a series of cute critters!
    Love both the Shovelers and the Spoonbills, but also the turtles...all are unique!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great new week and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  8. Hari OM
    Oh I am again in awe of the range of birds you present to us! YAM xx

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    1. Thank You Yam! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  9. First if all...the quote by e.b. White great. As all of your photos...truly wondrous.

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    1. Thanks Anni! It is one of my favorite quotes by E.B. White. Have a great day and a happy new week!

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  10. Beautiful mosaics
    Luv the birds. Thanks for dropping by my blog today

    Much💝love

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  11. You saw some beautiful sights! It's not often we see a soft shelled turtle and they are so unusual! I always take SO many photos but I enjoy working on them. LOVE the Maisie Dobbs series! I need to update my goodreads list! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I keep finding more books to add to my TBR list. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  12. Love the birds...and Maisie Dobbs - I had to read them all a couple of years ago. Our weather finally changed yesterday and we have warm sunshine (for now.)

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Our weather is nice today too! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  13. I have not seen the shovelers before, I love those ugly beaks. this might be my new favorite bird, pushing out the ugly pelicans. I have a passion for ugly birds and ugly dogs.. I am drawn to wild life that others might not think beautiful. these ducks are beautiful to me... so are the spoon bills with the similar not so beautiful bills. I love that quote. in fact in the pool today, Jill and I were discussing all the natural wonder here in FL.

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    1. Hi Sandra, I love all the birds and wildlife. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  14. I love that Heron and the Shovelers, beautiful images.

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

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  16. I wonder does that huge bill ever get in the way for those shovelers? I saw two last year fortunately.

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

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  17. so looking forward to getting out again with my camera

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    1. Thanks Mac! I hope you can get out soon, take care! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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

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  19. Very nice pictures. I'd be hibernating if I didn't have to come into work.

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    1. Thank you Vera! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  20. I would love to visit the wildlife habitat. I'm such a nature geek and am enjoying the bird photos. I love seeing birds outside and identifying them but am not a fan of them in cages inside.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I am not a fan of the birds and critters in cages, I like to see them free. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  21. One can never get tired of your gorgeous nature photos. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thank you Inger! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  22. What awesome birds you found, Eileen. I'm amazed about the variety of birds God created for us to enjoy.

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    1. Thank you Ellen! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  23. Fantásticas imagens, Eileen!
    Fiquei especialmente encantada, com aquela imagem da reunião de patos... aquela espécie de bico largo, não costumo encontrá-la por estes lados! E já na expectativa de ver as imagens de aves, de que nos falou... O local deve ser óptimo, para uma boa recolha de imagens e de variadas espécies!
    Beijinhos! Feliz semana!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  24. Lovely refuge and gorgeous photography ~ ^_^

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

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    1. Thank you Carol! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  25. The bird with the pink wings is AMAZING!

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    1. Thank you Sandi! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  26. Love that quote by E.B. White. Wonder really is everywhere.

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    1. It is one of my favorite quotes! Thank you Michelle! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  27. Beautiful photos!! There is so much beauty all around us!!

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    1. Thank you Karen! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  28. the bird photos fit your quote very nicely.

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    1. Thank you Red! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  29. The Northern Shovelers always seem slightly comical to me...make me think a bit of Donald Duck.

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  30. Wonderful birds! The shovelers do look comical! Merritt is a great birding walk, for sure. You got a nice pic of a Kingfisher. ... and all your birds...I could never get tired of your posts. .... funny, my daughter calls gray rainy winter days her hibernation time and she likes those days, says she would miss them if she spent winters here in Florida instead of home in Oregon. Not me! (But I do miss her!)

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    1. Sallie, I would not miss gray rainy days. I like sunshine too much. Thank you! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  31. I always look forward to your bird pics, Eileen!

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  32. Super good birds at Merritt Island, I did the drive around ans it was fabulous! Happy February already.

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    1. Hello Sondra, the wildlife drive at Merritt is great. Thank you! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  33. I loved the Long Call and all the Maisie Books. I'm about half through "The Silent Patient" now. I'm really enjoying it!

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    1. Hello Jeanie, I really enjoyed the Silent Patient too. Thank you! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Jenn! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Diane! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  37. Not tired at all! Enjoying your photos and these gorgeous birds. And I love Maisie Dobbs as well.
    Amalia
    xo

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  38. Eileen - I can never get tired of your bird and other animal photos! Wow - 300 pictures - that must have been a lot to search through. Thanks for supporting Mosaic Monday!

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  39. I like walking on the boardwalk trail. Lovely collection of birds photos. Your camera looks to have been busy clicking. This winter here is so warm like late March but at last it’s going to become cold. Have happy days ahead.

    Yoko

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  40. All great shots Eileen Keep the photos coming. As you know I am a bird watcher adn cannot even see too many bird images.

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    1. Thank you Margaret! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  41. I can never get enough of the spoonbill.

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  42. Hello Eileen,
    These are beautiful photos and collages.
    The Northern Shoveler is really beautiful, but I also love the Roseate Spoonbill and the Belted Kingfisher.
    Best regards, Irma

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  43. The days certainly do feel like they are flying by - February already! February has come along with lighter days, in particular evenings, so that's nice.

    Lovely collection of photos shared here, and such a variety of birds. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Jade! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  44. What a wonderful bird location. Love your shots.

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  45. So lovely! Thanks for sharing the wonder.

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    1. Thank you Lady Fi! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

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  46. I enjoy reading your posts and seeing photos of gorgeous birds I'll not ever get to see in my lifetime. The Shoveler tickled me so much I picked up a pen to sketch him (or her). That was fun. The Shoveler reminds me of old stooped men who wear their pants belted nearly up to their chest.:-)
    I've been reading the more recent Maisie Dobbs stories. I like the mature Maisie more, probably because I'm older.

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  47. Hello Eileen
    these are again beautiful pictures of the various animals and birds. I am always impressed by the green heron but also by the pink spoonbill. In the Netherlands we only have blue and herons and only white spoonbills. I thought it was great to see a pink one :-)
    The kingfisher, ducks and kluten are also great to see. I enjoyed your photos.
    have a great evening.
    Greetings, Helma

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    1. Thank you Helma! The birds in Florida are all beautiful and treat to see. Enjoy your day, have a happy week ahead.

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  48. Gorgeous creatures! You just never know what you will find when you look around :)

    I'm so glad to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

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  49. Lovely pictures. Wildlife refuges are such great bird havens and you can't help taking photographs!
    Have a good week. :)

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  50. No, I will never get tired of seeing your bird photos Eileen, they are always so enjoyable. Thank you and have a continued good week :)

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  51. The Shoveller does have quite a fun look!

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  52. that was so odd?? i wonder if google is having issues ...your pics were completely blank but when i did go to comment on your blog ...that form ... suddenly they are showing up? odd. great birds. hope ur week is going well. quiet here. chance for rain ... others are getting snow. i wish. enjoy ( ;

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  53. I enjoy seeing your bird photos. 300 photos!!! WOW!

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  54. I love the quote at the start of your post, and the photos of the Spoonbill's and the others too - I never get tired of seeing them, so keep 'em coming!

    I hope you're having a good week!!

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  55. Lovely wildlife shots! Great job! Have a great week!

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  56. i don't think any of your followers, us critter lovers ever get tired of what you share. 300 pictures is really nothing when you think about how many beautiful birds and turtle you saw. i like the turtles, lined up nicely, they look like the turtles i had as a kid!!! the northern shovelers are "comical" looking....but they certainly fill the "bill" for their name!!

    the roseate spoonbill is gorgeous, the colors are just amazing!!!

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  57. I also always try to keep my eyes open for the little miracles!
    You brought very nice impressions from this water paradise.

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  58. All are such beautiful photographs, great to see and enjoy.
    Hope you are having a lovely week.

    All the best Jan

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  59. Great shots! Nice job on the collage.

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  60. it is a wonderful animal world again, wonderful the photos!
    Greetings Elke

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