January 19, 2015

Being One {or five} with nature

Saturday evening we had an adventure of sorts and practically right in our own backyard. 
Our friends from Jupiter were visiting and we treated ourselves to a jeep tour through a swampy preserve. This is only 45 minutes from our house and it was SO MUCH FUN! 

The weather was true perfection this weekend and that added to the fabulousness. 
 We were hoping to see some bear or panthers or even bobcats....but we ended up seeing a LOT of alligators, birds and a few deer. 

 Did you know, to figure out the overall length of an alligator, you only need to measure the inches from snout to eyes; that is the total in feet of that gator. 
Good luck having him sit still while you're doing the measuring. 
Great Egret. How do I know he's great? He told me so!

Alligator face being photobombed by a turtle.

Great Blue Heron. How do I know he's great? Well, you know....

Two deer. This was part of a trio, the third deer was shy. Our guide determined that two of the three were pregnant.
And then they ran....and they didn't even waddle once; imagine that!

We saw more white ibis than you could shake a stick at. But please, don't shake sticks at them...they're cute!

Typical swamp filled with cypress trees; who knew the swamp could be so lovely?

A hawk we spotted while going through an orange grove outside the preserve. I could tell he was getting ready to do some juicing. 
Gorgeous sunset behind some gorgeous sunflowers. 

With all we've been going through with Ozzie, this was a very nice distraction.
I hope you've all had a nice weekend as well!


  1. So cool that that's just 45 minutes away from you! (I like my seasons, though...just so you know!) :)

  2. That looks like a lot of fun! We've done a swamp tour when we went to NOLA and loved it, we'd definitely enjoy that tour, too. Love all the wildlife you got to see. Glad you had fun and were able to relax.

  3. I'm glad you got to get out and have a great time! It's always fun to discover something really cool right in your own 'backyard', isn't it?! Still praying for you and your sweet Ozzie boy. Hugs, my friend!

  4. What a great safari! So glad you had a relaxing time.

  5. looks great! those alligators are just scary to me, though! love your two 'greats!' :)

  6. what a great weekend and super photos!! we went to the okefenokee (however you spell it) and everglades while living in georgia...and saw sooooo many gators! really cool experience!

  7. That does look like fun you captured some great photos!

  8. Thanks for taking us along on your swamp adventure. I enjoyed all of your photos, but I'm going to let you do the measuring of the alligators.

  9. Nice distraction ---and so close to where you live... What a great time you all must have had. There are always neat places to visit NEAR our homes --but many times, we don't bother visiting them....

    Prayers for Sweet Ozzie.

  10. i have heard those orange jeeps are great! maybe we'll try it when amy & william come to visit :)

  11. Oh my goodness! Now that looks like a great way to spend a day!

  12. I love Florida. I just left Tallahassee after seven years :( I sure miss It! These photos are great snapshots of a day in Florida life!

  13. Oh, that was so much fun - thanks for taking us along for the ride! We have deer and blue herons here, as well, but that is the only thing you saw that looked familiar. YIKES, those crocodiles - they give me the shivers, just looking at them! You & your friends sure know how to have fun!


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