Upcoming Explorations

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Golden Light – Orlando Wetlands Park – May 2015

This coming weekend I’ve found several new spots to explore. Spring Hammock Park and Black Hammock Park in Seminole county both look promising. One on the west side of Lake Jessup, the other on the east. And there’s always the Black Hammock restaurant for some lakeside lunching.

Sun Up

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Predawn – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Postcard Anyone – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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There it is! – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

I took my wide angle lens out for a walk last Saturday. All my other dawn pics have been with a telephoto – hopefully you can get some idea of the size with these. And I didn’t miss any good bird pics on the way.

However an important tip, if you bring a lens case with a belt attachment — wear a belt!

Thick

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4 spot pennant – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

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Halloween Pennant – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

Saturday the dragonflies seemed as numerous as gnats. Never have I experienced that. It will be a good crop this year. Also spent some time with our Friends of the Orlando Wetlands resident dragonfly and butterfly experts – Randy and Mary. Amazing folks.

Bird Day #9

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Brown Thrasher – Leu Gardens – April 2015

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Mockingbird – Leu Gardens – April 2015

Bird day has moved to Mondays!!

What a wonderful place Central Florida is. The wetlands, the gardens, the beaches….yikes! Wetlands, Cocoa, and Canaveral on the weekend agenda. (Actually writing this post on Saturday morning).

Sunday Flowers

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Is That a Bee? – Leu Gardens – April 2015

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Flower – Leu gardens – April 2015

Leu Gardens is a botanical garden run by the City of Orlando. Donated by Harry Leu in 1961and beautifully maintained.  And not in the style of the northern botanical gardens, with green houses filled with plants, these are all outside!!

There’s also an historic house and museum on premise that was started in the 1800’s and finished in the mid 1900’s.

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. |:>)

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