Sights of Spring

Hidden Lake Gardens, near Tipton, Michigan is a 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum operated by Michigan State University. Yesterday fellow photoblogger Pat and I pranced (okay, so neither of us prance anymore, we ambled) through the woods trying to capture some of the sights of early spring. Here are some of my favorite shots from yesterday.
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Winter’s Last Gasp

Even with the occasional snowflake the last few days, I hope it is winter’s last gasp and spring is really here. Here are some of my reasons for hope.

Budding Trees

Budding Trees


Blooming Daffodils

Blooming Daffodils


Early Tulips

Early Tulips


Bird Songs

Bird Songs


Migrating Turtles

Migrating Turtles


Granddaughter in Flipflops

Granddaughter in Flipflops

Miscellaneous Florida

Here are a few final shots from my Florida trip. They didn’t easily fit into other categories, but I thought them worth sharing.

Pelican Flyby

Pelican Flyby


Dophin Swimby

Dophin Swimby


Obligatory Surf Shot

Obligatory Surf Shot


Water Lily

Water Lily


Gecko

Gecko


Pool Water Reflections

Pool Water Reflections

Feathery Things – Part 2

Here are a few more shots of our fine feathered friends:

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Pelican Perched

Pelican Perched

Pelican in Flight

Pelican in Flight

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

White Ibis

White Ibis

Feathery Things – Part 1

The Everglades are teeming with all kinds of birds; fowl, scavengers, predators, and other bird words. Here is Part 1 of a 2-day feathery things post.

Two for One

Two for One


(A Great Egret in the background and a Glossy Ibis foreground.)

Little Blue Heron

Immature Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Hawk on its Perch

Hawk on its Perch

Gatorglades

Probably the most popular attraction in the Everglades are the alligators. There are an estimated one million gators in the Everglades and a little more than one thousand crocodiles. My spouse joined Pat and I on this year’s prowl through a very accessible part of the Everglades. Along a 25-mile gravel road their are small ponds where you can find fish, rare birds, and alligators. This year we didn’t see many large gators. Pat thinks they might have gone to deeper waters due to the rather low water level this year. I was still careful when getting out of the van because of almost stepping on the tail of a 10-12 footer last year. We saw mostly 6-8 foot adult alligators and were fortunate to see seven very young ones as well. Here are some shots from the Gatorglades:

Reflections

Reflections


Dentist Visit

Dentist Visit


Profile

Profile


Head Shot

Head Shot


Driftin' Away

Driftin’ Away

Sunrise, Sunset

The lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof may at least be part of the explanation for our fascination with sunrises and sunsets.
“Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.”
Naples, Florida is known for its sunsets, but I hope you will also enjoy my Everglades sunrise photo.

Everglades Sunrise

Everglades Sunrise


Naples Sunset

Naples Sunset


Pier Sunset

Pier Sunset


Under the Boardwalk Sunset

Under the Boardwalk Sunset

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