Learning the Ropes

Tonight’s entertainment at the south jetty was provided by a mother teaching her baby dolphin how to fish. While everyone else was watching the sunset I was mesmerized by this duo.

Of course, I wish I’d had my big camera and zoom lens with me but as they say in the photography field the best camera is the one you have with you at the time. Truthfully, the camera on my iPhone did a pretty decent job capturing some of the action.

There’s always something to see at my favorite beach!

I’m Gonna be a Momma!

I have happy news to share, some of my Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have pupated! I’m looking forward to seeing more of these beautiful flutterbies* flitting around my yard soon. Butterflies and other pollinators are the reason I tore out my front lawn over a year ago so I’m delighted to see them thriving here.

*I will continue to say it this way until it catches on – because they are not flies and they do not eat butter but they do flutter by. Just sayin’…

Worth the Trip

A good friend visiting from North Carolina was the extra incentive needed for me to make my first trip to St. Augustine. The warm and sunny weather was perfect for wandering the historic city’s streets.

While we only had part of a day to explore, we covered a lot of ground and it was a great overview. More importantly, we had a lovely time catching up. I know I’ll return someday for a more thorough exploration, though definitely not on a weekend (talk about crowded).

Native Son

Met this Florida Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri) in a friend’s backyard during my visit to Atlantic Beach this past weekend. Like the one I encountered a couple of years ago, he was quick to closeup.

Endemic to this state, they are now considered a vulnerable species due to rapid habitat loss. While common in the pet trade, Florida has instituted a two turtle limit per household (unless you have a special permit).

As for the gender of the turtle, I observed a slight concave dip in the plastron which typically indicates a male (though I could be wrong). Don’t worry, I gently returned him to his spot under a bush after the photoshoot was over.

I can imagine him telling his story to fellow turtles, “Dude, this one time I was abducted by aliens. I went flying through the air – super fast. And when I woke up I was back in same spot. Maybe I was hallucinating, maybe it was something I ate?”