Dragonflies

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Red Saddlebags Dragonfly – Lake Monroe Wildlife Management Area – April 2015

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Flying Around – Lake Monroe Wildlife Management Area – April 2015

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Unknown – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“You can do anything, but not everything” – David Allen

That quote is a reminder to me!!

It’s dragonfly season in Central Florida – they are beautiful creatures. However, I feel like the a cartoon character with a butterfly net as I chase the dragon flies around the path with my camera.

Quote found at http://shortquotes.org/

In Marjorie’s Wake

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St Andrews Cross – Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve – April 2015

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Flower – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“I do not understand how a man can live without some small place of enchantment” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Watched a video last night “In Marjorie’s Wake” from PBS by Equinox Documentaries. Highly recommended to all. It is about 2 women who recreate a trip that Marjorie Rawlings and a friend took over 75 years ago along the St John’s River. She was an author who preserves the memories of old Florida in her fiction. Cross Creek and the Yearling are two of her most famous.

This video goes through my “place of enchantment” not so small but magical.

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/46158.Marjorie_Kinnan_Rawlings

Walk in the Park

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Sunday Walk – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Common Gallinule – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

“If you don’t like the road you are walking on, start paving another one.” Dolly Parton

The sand hill cranes were traveling. I later saw them walking down the middle of the road – outside the park about a mile or two from where I first spotted them. Sand hill cranes concern me – they do not seem to have an awareness of cars. I’ve encountered them on roads several times, seemingly unconcerned with the cars.

Quote found at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/walking_4.html

Bird Day #9

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Male Red Winged Blackbird – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Female Red Winged Blackbird – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing. you will be successful.”   – Albert Schweitzer

These two birds are so different that it is difficult to think they are the same species. As a side note I spend far to much time wondering about why males and females of different species are so different and how this supports survival.

Quote found at izquotes.com/quote/340498

Lunch Time

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Hi! – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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America Alligator – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

The alligators were very active Sunday morning. A count was done recently and the determined there are 1700+ alligators in the park. That works out to be  a little over 1 per acre. Yikes!

Wildflower Tuesday?

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Wild Flower – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Mystery – Along the Road Rt 46 – April 2015

“Like wildflowers; You must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” E.V.

I think I may try for wild flower Tuesdays. The name would work better on Wednesday – So perhaps I’ll move my bird day to Tuesday. Hmmm decisions. |:>)

Quote found at http://www.searchquotes.com/quotation/Like_wildflowers%3B_you_must_allow_yourself_to_grow_in_all_the_places_people_never_thought_you_would./642375/