I'm not going outside to take photos in these temps, but I looked out through a salty upstairs window and saw the beginning of a beautiful sunrise.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sunday, September 08, 2013
I don't know what I love most - my patrols, the hatchings, or talking to young people on the beach and seeing their eyes light up as they learn about our magnificent marine creatures.
These two handsome young men and their families were near a nest I screened tonight and got to hear the hatchlings digging their way to the surface.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Thursday, September 05, 2013
FINALLY, technology caught up with my needs - or perhaps my familiarity with technology I needed finally got up to speed - but an app was developed for Android which will allow me to take photos with my phone and upload them directly to my blog! YAY! That's not to say you won't be seeing some glitches as I learn, but as least I will be able to keep up my blog more easily.
The photos won't be as sharp since it's more difficult to steady my phone in high winds than it is with a heavier camera. There is also a problem of seeing what's actually on the LCD of my phone due to glare, and size of the phone screen. Unfortunately we've had a tremendous amount of rain and storms during my sea turtle patrols this year which meant my good cameras stayed at home. Let's see how this app works in the days ahead.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
We're getting ready for the Fourth of July at our house.
But I don't think that these will make it 'til then.
Our thanks to Huganrian Facebook friend, Ancika Konyhája, for this fun idea. She is always making incredible pastries, cakes, and delicious foods and shares the results (and recipes) online!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I love my mantel of beach memories. The starfish remind me of the beach renourishment of 2005/2006. The large clam shell in the middle reminds me of my parents and the time we found this washed-up fella and put it in boiling water to clean it out, all of us freaking a bit when it slowly started opening!
The little sea turtles on either side of the mermaids remind me of special people or events. The mermaids, of course, remind me of the wonderful group of friends I've made here on the beach. The memory shelf is perfect for rainy mornings like this, mentally brushing off the good memories and reminding myself that life is good.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
I'm hoping to hear back from the Audubon Society soon with some information about the photo of a banded American Oystercatcher I sent them last Thursday, photographed in the Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was the first Oystercatcher I've ever seen for myself here on the island, so it was exciting to see it had been banded. Hopefully they will be able to tell me the location of where it was banded. My guess is the Apalachicola area where they are more common.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Most everyone knows that I have a passion for sea turtles, but the sea and shorebirds of the island fascinate me, too. Unfortunately it is difficult for me to identify many of them due to changes in their plumage. One of the biggest differences occurs in the breeding season. I was shocked to learn the bird (breeding) above is the same brown and gray bird (non-breeding) I frequently see resting on the beach in times of rough surf. Their wail is a hauntingly beautiful sound in pre-dawn hours. I hope you click on the highlighted link to hear several of their calls, if you have never heard them.
I have received several calls through the years about seriously injured birds "flopping around" on the shore with what must be a "broken leg" and nearly every time it has been a Common Loon which is resting. While loons are incredible swimmers and divers, they have a difficult time getting around on land because their legs are set so far back on their body. In fact, I made a brief video of one returning to the water so you could see how awkward they are on the beach. Remember, the photo above is of a Common Loon in May, during the beautiful plumage of breeding season, and the video below was taken in August when the loons were past breeding season:
I would call these special birds "common" at all.
Yesterday's sunrise at Ft. Pickens was beautiful, but it was even more dramatic this morning due the smoke in the air (from wildfires on the mainland). The sky was scarlet and orange just before the sun peeped over the horizon and the higher clouds looked like they were boiling.
Friday, May 24, 2013
There is a Texas proverb which says, "Don't worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think."
I'm not sure that was the case for this Great Blue Heron. I thought he was going to pass out for a while, but he finally choked down the giant fish he found washed up and swallowed.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I was surprised not to find a host of sea and shore birds in the area, because this is generally a favorite spot for them. Guess they were a bit surprised by the change also! This particular shot turned out to be a bit of a self-portrait when the shadow of me and my UTV were caught in the photo. Oops!