Feeding Time – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – June 2015


Juvenile White Faced Ibis – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – June 2015

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if the whole world is watching.” – Thomas Jefferson

I enjoy watching the birds feeding. It’s a lesson in sharing and togetherness. I’m not sure the ibis is a white faced, could be a glossy – too close for me to tell.

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Wildflower Wednesday


Tickseed – Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge – June 2015


Southern Beesblossom – Merritt Island National WIldlife Refuge – June 2015

“The destruction of these works of ages is one of several major crimes in the Commonwealth of Florida.” John K. Small 1927

John Kunkel Small was a naturalist active in Florida in the 1910’s and 1920’s. He was witness to the habitat destruction being done in Florida during that era. The above quote is only part of a much larger rant. Maybe 200 years ago habitat destruction was understandable, but 100 years ago we knew better – much as we do today. Doesn’t seem to matter.

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Wild Pigs


Wild Pigs – Biolab Dr – June 2015


Mama – Biolab Dr – June 2015

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

Wild pigs live in all 67 counties in Florida. Some are descendents of the pigs brought to America by the Spanish in the early 1500’s. Most are hybrid’s of the domestic pig and Eurasian wild hog.

These are the first I’ve seen. There were also reports of a mom and 2 babies on Black Point Drive, Saturday as well. I think the water is a bit low and it brought them to the road.

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Bird Monday – most other days too.


Common Gallinule – Biolab Dr – June 2015


Cormorant – Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge – June 2015

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. – Charles Darwin

Some nice reflection action in these pics. Summer is upon us. The water was low so the birds were scattered. Hopefully the rain from the past few days helps.

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