Saturday, February 25, 2017

June 2016 Vacation in Northern California for Chris and Amelia's Wedding

This is the second in a series of posts to catch up on photos from previous months!

I hope you enjoy viewing the 24 photos below.
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Yepper, Trudy, Amanda, Carter and me
are-the-tourists, posing for a photo in front of an awesome 
redwood tree along the Rockefeller Loop Trail. The 
Humboldt Redwoods State Park was one of our first stops 
driving from the airport to Arcata, California.


Amanda immersed in Redwoods

Mad River Beach 
near Arcata. And yes ... The Pacific Ocean!

Beach panorama



Photographer Amanda


Linda, Amelia and Andy
walking the 'aisle' at the wedding

Chris and Amelia
... during the wedding doing the ring thing.

Fern Canyon
Group photo along the Fern Canyon trail in the Prairie Creek
Redwoods State Park - Trudy, Amanda, Carter, Donna, Kate, 
and Liam


Fern canyon is a magical place.


Driftwood Fandango
I reeeally enjoy the beach driftwood in northern California. 
This place, near the mouth of Redwood Creek  has the
largest accumulation of driftwood I have ever seen.


Moonstone Beach at Cambria, CA

Snow Flower
On our return to the airport in Reno, we 
stoped to spend several days exploring
the  Lassen Volcanic National Park.  This 
photo is of a parasitic Snow Flower, seen 
along the Lily Pond Trail.
Carter & Amanda 
Throwing A Snow Ball
It was pretty incredible to us as Floridians 
that in June there was an abundance of 
snow and ice in the high mountains of 
Lassen.




Sunrise on our last day in Lassen

Lava tube

Yurt
This neat yurt was our lodging in the Lassen Volcanic 
National Park.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

April 22, 2016 through June 22, 2016 Photos

This is the first in a series of posts to catch up on photos from previous months!

I hop you enjoy viewing the 24 photos below.
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Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth)
East of Spring Creek Hwy
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Crow Poison
East of Spring Creek Hwy
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Pickerelweed
Along Bottoms Road to Fiddlers Point

Hydrocotyle (Water Pennywort)
Fiddlers Point, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Kingbird
Lighthouse Road, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator Crawl
Lighthouse Road
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Grass and Sand Composition
St. George Island State Park

Cloud Formation
St. George Island State Park

Approaching Storm
St. George Island State Park

Great Blue
St. George Island State Park

White-topped Sedge
Apalachicola National Forest

Foam and Water Patterns

B&W Water Patterns

Water Fandango
What else would you call this?
Mashes Sands

Salt Marsh
Mashes Sands

Pennywort
Mashes Sands

Storm Drama
Fiddlers Point

Snowy
Fiddlers Point

Great Egret Studying Fish in Canal
Fiddlers Point

Great Egret
Wakulla Springs State Park

An Elusive Marsh Wren
Bottoms Road
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

View from End of  Levy Bay Road, Panacea

Storm Panorama
Fiddlers Point

Like me, Carter is an aquaphile.
Ochlockonee River State Park

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

11 Days (April 9-19, 2016) in Cuba

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Trudy and I traveled central Cuba as part of a group of 14 on a Friendship Association tour for the study of endemic and endangered fauna. The only downside to our 11-days in Cuba was how extremely difficult it has been to select from the +1,800 images a modest number of photos for this post. I hope you enjoy it.

We flew from Tampa to Havana, then we were driven in a large modern bus in a counterclockwise loop from Havana to the cities of ViƱales, Playa Larga, and Trinidad.

Ten in the group were retired from or were working in the Florida Park Service


Trudy in full travel mode! 


Soledad Pagliuca was our excellent tour leader and
fearless guide.

Fortunately Ernesto Reyes, THE penultimate
professional Cuban bird guide and photographer,
was with us the entire time. His ability to find
and identify birds was a wonder to behold!
We saw 19 of the 25 endemic birds of Cuba.

Nils Navarro added his expertise, including copies of his recently published 
book 'Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide'
Dana Bryan and Ernesto looking for the
elusive Cuban Blue-headed Quail Dove ...
and found it!

The following 5 images of the endemic birds are my favorites.
The colorful Cuban Trojan is the national 
bird of Cuba

Cuban Green Woodpecker
Cuban Toby
West Indian Woodpecker
Cuban Pigmy Owl
And saving the best for last ... The Bee Hummingbird, at a length of only 2 to 2.4 inches, is the smallest living bird!!!


Palms on the Bay of Pigs

Giant Ferns grow to a height of 15 feet.

And here we have a karst feature, a swimmable
sinkhole, in the Enigma De Las Rocas.

This is one of the bed and breakfasts that we stayed in. This was 
one block away from the Bay of Pigs.


Trudy is among the group of swimmers in the distance late 
one afternoon.

The first course of breakfast is shown above, including UNBELIEVABLY 
STRONG, EXCELLENT Coffee. Breakfast often included eggs, meat 
similar to bologne, and thin pancakes.

We did not drink the tap water ... so CRYSTAL
BEER was my beverage of choice.

AND MOJITOS - here glasses are of mint, for the addition of
rum and lime juice, sugar, and soda water.

The food was well prepared and healthy. This was grilled fish,
black beans and rice, and a side of fruit.

CLASSIC American cars were quite common.




Four of us walked a short distance to visit the
ALEXIS TOBACCO FARM..
We learned about growing, harvesting, and
drying tobacco
Alexis demonstrated the art of making a Cuban cigar.

After dipping the tip of the cigar in honey, he lit it and...
... We all got to smoke an AUTHENTIC CUBAN 
CIGAR!