What was everybody looking at?

This line of photographers on the boardwalk was focused on something lurking in the water. Whatever could it be?

DSCN5546

Ah yes…….nicely spotted. Mr. ‘Gator was quite well camouflaged, but nature pbhotographers have very sharp eyes.

DSCN5541

I wonder how he feels about the constant photo shoot that he’s subjected to, every time he sticks his nose out of the water.  He’s quite a celebrity.

Happy weekend to you all.

WPC Eye Spy: The Eyes Have It

For the WordPress Photo Challenge ‘Eye Spy’, here’s a pair of eyes you wouldn’t want to see at close quarters.

DSCN5109

Don’t worry, I was standing on the boardwalk and this old ‘Gator was about six feet below me, and as far as I know they can’t jump that high.

 

weekly-photo-challenge-logo

 

Five Photos, Five Stories #3: Under the Boardwalk

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. Yesterday I showed you my two granddaughters getting acquainted with Mr. Leo, but just a bit further along, there was someone else waiting to greet them. This was something they hadn’t seen before, and they were so fascinated by his scaly body and cute smile.

DSCN4034

Today, I would like to nominate Carol of ‘Which Way Now’ blog. She posts photos from her extensive travels, which I’m sure you’ll find really interesting.

The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Of course there’s no obligation to do the challenge,; only if you would like to join in.

 

 

So, how did Mr. A and friends, spend their ‘Thanksgiving’?

Yesterday we were intending to start our day with an 8am ‘Turkey Burnoff’ aerobics class at the gym, but because of having had our medical exam for our Green Card application on Wednesday, which included compulsory shots for ‘flu, pneumonia and tetanus, our arm muscles were so sore, that we decided to rather go for a walk in the Green Cay Wetlands which is just down the road. Many people had got the same idea, and the serious bird watchers were out in force equipped with humongous zoom lenses which any National Geographic photographer would be proud of.

IMG_6771

Of course we were curious to know what all the excitement was about, and saw, way in the distance, a red-shouldered hawk, who seemed to be enjoying all the attention..

DSCN1922

Our little Nikon zoom didn’t get such a great image, but last year, we were privileged to see a pair of these gorgeous birds up close, and they posed so nicely too.

DSCN7952

Not nearly as rare or popular with the photographers, were the hoards of ducks who have arrived in Florida for the winter.

DSCN1940

A little further on, we spied Mr A, sleeping his Thanksgiving Day away in the reeds.

DSCN1967

He did have a contented smile on his face, so maybe he was having thankful daydreams.

DSCN1969

A Wood Stork was keeping lookout from the top of a dead tree.

DSCN1959

Mr Anhinga was also enjoying the morning sun from his favourite perch.

DSCN1953

A pair of female Mottled Ducks were having a quiet snooze in the shade of the bridge,

DSCN1936

as a Painted Turtle made it’s ponderous way through the reeds.

DSCN1950

I was thrilled to see that Leo the Lion was still lurking along the boardwalk. I always look out for him, and say “Hi.”

DSCN1917

The afternoon and evening were spent with good friends, shrimp starters, plenteous wine, delicious turkey dinner, followed by four different desserts, not least of which was my decadent chocolate pie, which went down very well.

DSCN1972

I hope that your Thanksgiving was equally wonderful. Have a great weekend.