Friday, February 3, 2023

Florida Faces

Hi everyone. Happy first Friday of February.

It's time for Friday Face Off off over at Nicole's blog  and also Friday Lunch Break over at Gillena's blog  .

Last week I skipped out of these 2 challenges because I was away in Florida. Two things I did on that trip that I enjoyed were visiting the Salvador Dali Museum in St.Petersburg and also our 2 visits to Cape Canaveral National Seashore and  Wildlife Refuge. 

Today I thought I would share some of the nature photos  we took on a sunset drive in the Cape Canaveral National Seashore and Wildlife Refuge. These photos were taken on a dirt road called Black Water Drive  (to Blackwater Point).  Since  our temperatures are dropping, and we will be in some  bitter cold  by tonight in New Hampshire (with wind chills bringing the temperature down between -30 and -50 degrees F / -34 to -45 degrees C), these photos make me feel a little bit warmer. ( And  thank goodness for the wood stove too!)

The sky had some great sunset colors.

And before it got too dark we saw some wildlife. I'm usually the spotter since my husband is usually  the driver, but he was finding more wildlife than me. Kudos to him since this is not really his thing.

These are my faces, plus a few other views, for Friday Face Off.

snowy egret

blue winged teal ducks

I believe a tri-colored heron

white ibises

American coot

tricolored heron

  Common Moorhens

We had some "fun" with this next gator. He was swimming towards shore, and when we stopped the car, he stopped swimming. My husband backed the car up a bit, and he started swimming again. We hoped he was going to amble across the road for us, but once he got to shore he disappeared into the undergrowth. 

And then it was getting too dark to spot much else.

That's all for me today. Have a great start to your weekend.


R's Rue said...

Such beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

Gene Black said...

I have seen many water birds, but the tri-colored Heron is a new one to me, as is the moor hen.
Thanks for sharing.

Mae Travels said...

Your photos are beautiful! I loved visiting that wildlife area, and remember all the wonderful birds too, as you showed them.

best... mae at

sirkkis said...

Beautiful photos which get me miss summer... We don't have too gold her, but in Lapland there was yesterday 35 C 😨
Happy February and enjoy the weekend with red wishes ❤️🌹

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous photos. The sunset pics are glorious. The alligators look scary. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

DVArtist said...

Ohhh these are amazing photos. I love all of the animal faces especially the gator. Thank you for joining FFO. Have a lovely day today.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I am glad you took time to enjoy the wildlife, Erika. That's the important stuff! Hugs - David

Christine said...

Gorgeous photos Erika! Bitter cold -6F in Toronto today

Angie's Recipes said...

Love those photos of animals and nature! I have never seen a tricoloured heron..just the white/greyish one. Those sunset shots are amazing, Erika.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! awesome sky and nature shots ~ love the ducks ~

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Divers and Sundry said...

You got great color in your sunset photos!

Gillena Cox said...

Nice photos and luv your red art.
Thanks for Linking to Art For Fun Friday. Hsve a good weekend.


Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous and I bet it was lovely to travel to Florida and enjoy the warmer weather 😊. Loving the photos and those palms look a bit familiar. Happy February! Hugs Jo x

Fundy Blue said...

Great photos and faces, Erika! I would love to see Cape Canaveral! Stay warm. I know you're in the deep freeze!

kathyinozarks said...

Beautiful photos Erika, and loved the faces you chose too. Have a good weekend and stay warm hugs Kathy

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have never been big on photographing wildlife, but I appreciate you did. There certainly are lots of faces, and that alligator is a bit scary. I DID love the palm trees, though.

Jeanie said...

You had some glorious sunsets, didn't you? And fabulous birds. I could live without the alligator, though. (Cam would be impressed, though he'd call it a crocodile -- he got into those after Peter Pan!)

Aimeslee Winans said...

Oh my, now I'm gonna feel chilly all night just thinking about 30 below as I cannot even imagine what that feels like. Now I'm wondering how many clothing layers it requires in the house? Please stay warm! Great photos, love the faces. Didn't know you liked alligators so much. You should plan one day to hit our local Gatorfest, an annual festival in nearby Anahuac on I-10. They'll let you wrestle one! hahaha not really, and I won't be going! XOX

Neet said...

What fantastic photos Erika - thanks for sharing.
I am not sure I would have enjoyed the croc - but I guess the safety of the car helped. Can they swipe at a car with their tails? I don't think I have ever seen one, even in a zoo.
Beautiful bird photos really enjoyed those.
Hugs, Neet xx