Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A WALK IN A FLORIDA SWAMP

Florida has so much beauty.  Many people think it is only the beaches, sand and Gulf waters, but when one grows up here and walks the land, canoes the rivers, and watches the water birds-it is so amazing the absolute wonder of it all.  It is no wonder Audubon wanted to paint the birds he saw here. When I am away from home what I miss most are the water birds...the herons, the egrets, the anhinga and the other endless varieties of birds that inhabit our coast and marshes.  This is a small snapshot of one day in time at a park near me with board walks through the swamp and marshes.  The weather had been rainy the day before and cold.  This day it was sunny and a bit warmer, but coolish.  The birds came out to look for food and preen in the late afternoon sun.  The angle of the winter sun makes for wonderful reflections and long shadows.

Cypress Knees like sculptures peaking out of the water

Reflections on a winters day

Anhinga poised looking for lunch 

Lettuce Leaf Park    Flora and Fauna 

“Life is a spiritual dance and that our unseen partner has steps to teach us if we will allow ourselves to be led. The next time you are restless, remind yourself it is the universe asking 'Shall we dance?” 
― Julia Cameron

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