Archive for ‘Observations’
Early Egg Hunt
A colorful orb caught my eye while out working in my front yard this past weekend. Not sure where the egg came from or how it ended up there but I found the timing to be quite apposite.
Saturday Night Lights
A perfect way to unwind after work, with a fire and a good friend. We have to take advantage of these mild temperatures while they last. Thanks for bringing the yummy snacks, Alyssa!
North End of Shell Key
Last night when I learned that there was a group kayaking out to Shell Key today, I tossed all my plans out the window and decided to join them. Forget yard work and household chores, those will just have to wait!
The weather is absolutely perfect for adventures right now; warm but not too humid, and slightly cloudy. I know that soon it will be hot, muggy, and buggy so I’m trying to make the most of Spring.
The trip turned out even better because Christine led us through mangrove tunnels to the north end of Shell Key, which I’d never explored before. The bay was so incredibly colorful, words and photos both fail to do it justice (though, of course, I still tried to capture some images).
The water was also exceptionally clear, I was delighted to spot my first Lettuce Sea Slug (Elysia crispata)! Sadly, even though it was Manatee Appreciation Day we didn’t see any. However, one of the dolphins put on a bit of a show.
I caught Westley settling down for an afternoon nap. For some reason, he pulled my sheer curtain away from the window and crawled inside. Mosquito season hasn’t started yet but apparently, he’s not taking any chances!
Not sure why sleeping on a cabinet is preferable to his cushion or my bed though since he’s a cat, logic doesn’t have to apply…
Met this Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) at Madira Bickel Mound Archaeological State Park yesterday afternoon. He was catching the last of the sunshine but apparently I got too close.
Since they are famously fast, I switched over to video but my snake friend surprised me by slowly sliding off his log. I caught him peeking out the other end…
After our peek-a-boo he switched over to hide and seek. He’s pretty good at it, don’t you think?
Busy Few Days
The weather has been just lovely lately so I’ve been trying to make the most of it: spent a glorious day at St. Pete Beach with my cousin Frankie and her friends, explored Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland with my friend Loretta, and popped into Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site in Terra Ceia.
Trying to pack in a bunch of exploring before the summer heat settles in!
What’s the Word?
Thanks to a certain young cat I recently spent part of a morning repairing the waterline to my ice maker. Luckily, I was home when the hooligan chewed through so I was quick to shut off the water before it damaged my entire kitchen.
It was a relatively simple fix but what I’m struggling with is figuring out what adjective best describes Westley’s level of concern about his infraction. Take a look at the photo below and tell me what you think.
These are the words I’ve ruled out thus far: guilt, contrition, shame, regret, remorse, penitence… Nothing but cattitude!
One Set of Prints
There was a breeze blowing around some brisk air yesterday evening which meant I pretty much had the beach to myself. A pleasant surprise considering it’s Spring Break down here.
Added bonus? Not even a whiff of red tide! The water looked absolutely gorgeous.
Since yesterday was the first official day of Spring I thought I’d share a smattering of blooms from my yard. It was a bit breezy so please forgive the blurriness of some of my images. Think of them as flowers by Monet (perhaps it was windy when he was painting his masterpieces?).