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The Sound Of Fall Approaching

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls

Last night I took this picture on our evening walk around Cape Haze.  There is something so hauntingly beautiful about the sounds of these owls.  Their calls touch your very soul.  It fills up the night air with a feeling of something more, something yet to come.  It feels like a sound of Fall.  Just like leaves crunching underfoot, or drifting slowly down and landing lightly on the earth….ahh… the sounds of Fall.  Perhaps that is why I love hearing their calls.  Fall is my absolutely favorite time of the year, and it’s almost here!

Sunday Sights

This is the view that greets you a few hundred feet into the forest!

Chapman's Gayfeather

Chapman’s Gayfeather
Florida native perennial herb, basil leaves 2-6 inches tall, to about 3 feet with flower stalk. An uncommon wildflower of South Florida. 1 of 18 species of Liatris present in Florida, Chapman’s Gayfeather is a Butterfly nectar plant.

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Corn Snake

A corn snake bites the prey in order to obtain a firm grip, then it quickly wraps one or more coils of its body around the victim.

A corn snake bites the prey in order to obtain a firm grip, then it quickly wraps one or more coils of its body around the victim.

Very secretive! Spend most of their time underground in rodent burrows!

Very secretive! Spend most of their time underground in rodent burrows!

Corn Snake Can live up to 25 years!

Corn Snake Can live up to 25 years!

Tropical Orb-Weaver

Many orb-weavers build a new web each day. Most orb-weavers tend to be active during the evening hours. They hide during the day. Generally, towards evening, the spider will consume the old web, rest for approximately an hour, then spin a new web in the same general location.


On Watch

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I scratched my cornea yesterday making it very difficult to take pictures or watch the wildlife in Cape Haze.  I did manage to take a picture of Milly.  Milly’s on watch now!  She looks quite capable of handling the wildlife in Cape Haze.

The Price of a Sunrise on the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail.

Coral CreekThis morning, Linda, my neighbor, and I walked along the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail with our dogs, Duffy and Winston.  Hoping to avoid an incident with Duffy chasing wild critters.  (I think Linda thought paved trail meant critter-free)  Instead of Duffy chasing critters, we were being chased by horseflies.   The price of this picture was at least 15 horsefly bites (which I’m itching currently) and numerous other attempts of attack by these persistent and pesky insects. They swarmed like a plague, well at least around me.  Now that I come to think of it, Linda walked while I attempted an escape from the onslaught of these bloodthirsty varmints.   I swatted and ran, ran and swatted.   Quite the sight, I’m sure.  Everything worthwhile has a cost.  This little treasure I must say was worth the sacrifice.  But just in-case your curious, I’ll be walking somewhere else tomorrow.


Color Explosion in Cape Haze


I absolutely love honeysuckle, it’s passionate, and full of life.   It’s a color explosion happening before your very eyes.  Say “Honeysuckle”, the feel of it is soft at first, then a vibrant full finish with the last syllable.  Honeysuckle’s  symbolism is associated with the bond of love.  These bees clearly agree.  These pictures were taken in Cape Haze this morning.   I could only go on a very short walk with Winston, but what a treat!





Within a Day

Morning Dew

Morning Dew


Evening Storm


Sun Setting over Cape Haze

Osprey with Attitude

These pictures were taken 5 minutes before I saw the bobcat yesterday!  Ospreys will always have a special place in my heart. The sound of Osprey calling, singing, and talking to their young filled the air with song on our wedding day!  It was if they were singing especially for the occasion.  They haven’t nested in that tree near our house since.





In a Blink of an Eye!

 A “Wild High” is the only way to describe finally photographing this beautiful cat!  Matt’s ventilator alarm went off last night, so I was tired and decided walking around Cape Haze to find the bobcat might be good goal.  I was just heading home after an hour and half of a walk-run (hard to run with a camera), literally .1 of mile away.  I was happy, even though I hadn’t gotten the bobcat because I had gotten a great shot of an osprey.  

Resigned to try another day,….until right there she was.  In the Blink of an Eye!  My heart was pounding, and Winston’s hair raised on his back. Winston went into hunt mode. I could feel the thrill of the hunt coursing through every fiber of his being.  Exhilaration an understatement.   We followed the bobcat for about 5 minutes, the whole time she watched us. At one point, I debated to pull out my tazor or keep shooting.  Maybe you can tell which picture I debated that issue on.  🙂 We watched her and I kept shooting, until she finally had had enough of the big red dog, and the lady with camera. Off she went, in the blink of an eye!  In the blink of an eye, a lot can happen, a lot can be said.  A blink is exactly how long it takes Matt to communicate “one letter”, in one blink, one bobcat can appear, then disappear.  In a Blink of an Eye!






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