Sunrise Sunday

Early AM – Orlando Wetlands Park – September 2015
Pre Dawn – Orlando Wetlands Park – September 2015

“A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.” – Mark Twain

Red sky in morning sailors warning – or so it has been said. We had storms again last night. Summers last hurrah – fill up that aquifer!!

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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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Osprey Twist – Apopka North Shore – June 2015
Anhinga Profile – Lake Apopka North Shore – June 2015
“I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.” –  Mark Twain
Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive is an 11 mile drive through a rich wetlands and upland habitat. Very lovely and lots of places to stop for walking or pictures.

Georgia Gators

Cruisin – Okefenokee Swamp – May 2015
Is That a Smile – Okefenokee Swamp -May 2015

“Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.” – Mark Twain

Slightly different quote theme to go with my title. This is a regional reference, With one of our state university mascots being the gator (in fact the inventors of Gatorade), Georgia is a natural rival. So the title will surely make some cringe.

Back to nature, with a brief encounter I did notice the behavior of the Gerorgia alligators is altogether different than ours at the wetlands.  Going to need to investigate.

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Abingdon Vineyard – Abingdon, VA – May 2015
Abingdon Vineyard – Abingdon, VA – May 2015

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”- Mark Twain

The setting for this winery was idyllic. It was somewhat off the beaten path and they had space for picnics. Oh and the wine was quite good.

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Mark Twain

Indian Blanket – along the road – Seminole County, FL October 2014

“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today” Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of my literary heroes. He was the ultimate wanderer. Starting down the Mississippi, he went out to Nevada, then San Francisco, Hawaiian Islands and the Mid East. Along the way he wrote some great travelogues – Innocent’s Abroad, Following the Equator, Autobiography among others.

Here’s some pics from the Virginia City, NV home of the Territorial Enterprise where Mark Twain wrote for the newspaper.

Mark Twain’s desk – Virginia City, NV July 2013
Fitting Exhibit in the Mark Twain Museum – Virginia City, NV July 2013.