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Nature Hike

Escaping to the Great Outdoors

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Birdlife Galore + A Gator

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The Limpkins were putting on quite a show with their calls, preening and flying about!

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Citrus 

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Fauna and Flora

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Turtles

I always check to see if the turtles are out sunning!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!!!


Fred Howard Park

Hello! The Gulf of Mexico

The park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by going over the mile long causeway.  The views are spectacular!

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White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.

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The landscape of the park is impressive! Sea grass beds to wetlands to mangrove estuaries to salterns to coastal scrub to long leaf and slash pine flatwoods to turkey oak to long leaf pine sandhill. Plus the various species of birdlife and wildlife.

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There is a $5 daily parking fee and pay via an automated pay station. There are picnic shelters available that require a reservation. There are plenty of restrooms, rinse stations and beach showers.

The park was dedicated on April 16, 1966 and today there is almost 2 million visitors to the park annually. Fred Howard was elected the Mayor of Tarpon Springs in 1945 and served as a City Commissioner. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


The Osprey Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park

Decided to go on an exploration to see the Eagle Pair at Honeymoon Island State Park. Did not see the Eagles, however; their nest was pretty impressive!

“The 2015-16 season was the 8th consecutive year for eagles to nest on the island. This new nest is the first time eagles have reestablished nesting on the island since the 1935 homestead nest.”

Eagle Facts:

  • May live up to 40 years.
  • Eggs are laid 36 hours apart and both male and female incubate the eggs.
  • Average gestation period is 35 days with eggs hatching one at a time 36 hours apart.
  • The chicks are called Eaglets and remain in the nest for 10 to 12 weeks.
  • Both parents feed the Eaglets.

Those Eagles have some exact timing when it comes to laying and to hatching their Eaglets!

Eagle Nest

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The Osprey Trail

Imagine being on an Island within a Pine Forest! You will see sand as well as pine cones. Plus Ospreys Galore along with their nests!

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I have lived here long enough now to know the call of the Ospreys. It makes my ears tune in and my eyes focused on the trees or skies every time.

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Fauna & Flora

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Other Birdlife Out & About

Egret

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Woodpecker

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Pine Cones

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Spooky Trees aka Snag Trees

These trees are perfect places to build an Osprey nest. Also, Ospreys build and repair nests by snapping off dead limbs in flight instead of collecting downed wood from the ground.

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Briefly touched on to the Pelican Trail that works its way around the edge of the Island and along the Gulf of Mexico. Mangroves, Salt Air and Sea Breeze Oh My!

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A Baby Mangrove Plant

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Never Far From the Water (Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside to Explore, Adventure & Walk On The Wild Side!!!


Adventuring

In Sawgrass Lake Park

Bird Life

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Fauna & Flora

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Wild Life

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Adventuring!!!


Going for a Walk About

In Hammock Park

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Escape to the GREAT OUTDOORS – Enjoy!!!


A Natural Bond

With Nature

Do you have a natural bond with nature? Do you like to get out and into the Great Outdoors?

Yes and yes for me! That quality time with myself. That grounded feeling with my feet touching the terra firma. That connection to my whole being!

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I love to wander to wonder and let my body, heart and mind just be free! 

Nature is unique and magical! Nature provides inspiration and motivation. Nature is accessible and for the most part a free activity to enjoy. Nature makes you want to slow the pace down to enjoy your surroundings and tap into your senses! 

There are many ways to experience nature.

  • Gardening.
  • Going to the Farmers Market to explore, eat and wander as well as pick out fruits, veggies and/or flowers.
  • Going to a Pick Your Own Place for fruits and/or veggies (i.e. apples, berries, pumpkins, etc.).
  • Eco friendly activities (i.e. ziplining, paddle boarding, fishing, etc.).
  • Foraging (make sure you know what is edible and what is not – take a tour with an expert).
  • Journaling, creating and/or capturing your explorations and adventures.
  • Learning in general. Cooking and Creating. Gardening and Foraging. Fauna and flora. Endless possibilities!
  • Seeking out an adventure.
  • Sparking your curiosity to explore as well as using your senses to smell and even taste.
  • Walking, hiking, biking, etc. Hitting the nature trail or exploring nature and its natural beauty.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear How You Bond With Nature, Please Share!


Getting Schooled

By Nature’s Inspiration

What Lessons Do You Take From Being Out In Nature?

We Are a Small Part of a Bigger World

I experienced a good portion of the West Coast in my eleven years living out there. Nothing stops you in your tracks faster than seeing elusive wildlife you should not encounter (i.e. bears, coyotes, etc.). We are a small part of a bigger world – we are interconnected.

The power of Mother Nature! From lightening to rainbows. From a storm surge to a sunny day. From watching the clouds roll in to the waves coming in and out. Simply amazing!

Seeing the Redwoods in California, Half Dome in Yosemite, the Bison in Yellowstone . . . the beauty reigns supreme! 

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A Small Part of a Bigger World

Beauty

I think about what nature has witnessed and weathered. How it has survived and continues to experience growth.

Some trees do not grow roots deep, but grow out to other tree roots for support. I find that fascinating! It reminds me to ask for help as well as take help when offered. It reminds me that I can connect to my roots, but grow wings to experience. It reminds me that I am not alone and that I have a network of love and support. To be the best that you can be with support from yourself and others!

It reminds me to reach my full potential! To share my abilities, talents and gifts. To learn, grow and gain life experiences. To look for the possibilities and opportunities and not set limitations or even high expectations. Practice to progress . . .

It reminds me of my own beautiful self and the love I have for myself! I am not like anyone else. I am who I am. I am who I need to be. I am discovering my passions and finding my purpose in living it each and every day!

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Beauty

Simplicity

I enjoy the quiet that nature offers! The peace in the silence and the calm in the solitude. Unplugging and disconnecting from technology and the overall hustle and bustle. It is cleansing, refreshing and recharging to your whole being! 

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Keeping It Simple (Photos by RSheridan)

What Inspires You From Nature? What You Are Learning or Have Learned From Nature? Love to Hear, Please Share!


WILDness

At Sawgrass Lake

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Enjoying the Lake View . . . ahhh . . .

Gators

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Mama Gator and Her Babies

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Look at that tail!

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Gator Babies – oh so cute!

Armadillo

I finally saw an armadillo in the wild. Just use your ears to hear all that rustling about and rooting for food.

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Natural Beauty

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Fauna/Flora

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Colorful Catepillar

Birds

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Fierce Bird

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Looking right at you!

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Get my good side. (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Walking On The Wild Side!


Fresh Air

Green Spaces

There is just something about being in the fresh air and seeing shades of green! I love escaping to the great outdoors and becoming one with nature!

A natural environment has health benefits too!

  • CRAVE fresh air!
  • Soak up the sunshine.
  • Become one with nature.

I am usually out in the great outdoors on the weekends! It is GOOD for my whole being!

I can only desk jockey for so long with all that sitting and computing! Plus unplugging from technology and taking a break from screen time is needed. I walk and take the stairs whenever I can. It is good for your whole being to be active in movement as well as stretch!

  • Walking and hiking.
  • Riding a bike.
  • Packing a picnic.

It is refreshing and freeing! You can slow down the pace and relax a bit. You can re-energize and recharge your whole being!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Get Outside . . . To Explore & Adventure . . . To Play, Laugh & Have Fun!


Wandering with the Wild

Hitting the Boardwalk

Flocking

The Birds that is! Hello! Spring Migration of Florida Birds!

I am more bird curious than a birdwatcher. 

Many birds pass through Florida during the seasonal migrations. April is the month when birds reverse their route. The Keys and South Florida are the first safe place to land after all that flapping their way from either Cuba or the Yucatan. Some are putting on their best breeding plumage to shake a tail feather to attract a mate to create offspring.

White Pelicans

White pelicans are not completely white. Their wings are white and black. At times groups of pelicans will work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding.

Watching these birds soar and then land was such a graceful experience to see. Then watching them work together to feed was another great experience to see.

A ballet of birds!


A Great Blue Heron in the Mix

I love Great Blue Herons and how majestic they look. Sometimes I do a double-check to make sure it is a real Great Blue Heron instead of a statute. They stand so motionless.

They are all stealth when it comes to feeding. Then they strike – got it!

Beautiful sight to see in action or in flight!


One Brown Pelican with a Flock of White Pelicans

Now the Brown Pelican feeds by plunge-diving from high up to use the force of the impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

I love watching them glide over the water.


Coming in for a Landing . . . You can see the white and black wings.

A Spoonbill


In Action . . .


Saying Hello! to the Feathered Friends.

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Hiding in the Mangroves.

A Masked Bandit

Another raccoon out in broad daylight.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s To Walking On The Wild Side! Enjoy!


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