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15-29Jan2014_4g_Florida-Natural_Flowers-PalmSprings-2This should be the last posting on this blog for our 2014 Florida sojourn. A really exciting and interesting time. If you noticed, there are no food photos here. I put them on the Boise Foodie blog at 2014 Florida Trip – One Must Eat. There will also be some wine and wine cellar photos on the Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog.

Our wildlife adventures lead us to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. This is really a wonderful place to take a leisurely ride through the refuge, stopping wherever you wish. Well, mostly. Merrit-Island-LogoThere was one individual who was in a hurry and did not like us stopping. We were looking at alligators. Robin and I did see a Wild Boar as we were heading to West Palm Springs along the road. It was a large animal and I don’t remember them being that large in Aspen Hill, Tennessee back in the early 1960’s. Enjoy these photos of he Florida wildlife that we saw. You can Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. When you see the photo, you might also see this statement above the picture: Original size at 4288 × 2848. Click on that number and you will see the original size. Cheers!

Sandhill Crane. West Palm Springs, FL

Sandhill Crane. West Palm Springs, FL

Butterfly. Lakeland, FL.

Butterfly. Lakeland, FL.

White Pelicans. From what we were told, these pelicans have a migration path from Nova Scotia to this location at Titusville, FL.

White Pelicans. From what we were told, these pelicans have a migration path from Nova Scotia to this location at Titusville, FL.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Brown Pelicans in flight.

Brown Pelicans in flight.

White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans and Terns

White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans and Terns

Terns. So why do these Terns and other birds, sit facing the wind? I really don't think the answer, as I was told, "... so they don't blow away." Instead,

Terns. So why do these Terns and gulls and numerous other birds, sit facing the wind? I really don’t think the answer, as I was told, is “… so they don’t blow away.” Instead, “Birds sit … facing the direction they were flying when they landed and the direction they will need to go when they take off again, that is, into the wind.” [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/birds-of-a-feather-face-the-weather/article1376382/] In other words, they try to land into the wind and take-off into the wind. This makes a whole lot more sense.

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Oyster Beds

Oyster Beds

Willet

Willet

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Alligators

Alligators

Another 'gator!

Another ‘gator!

He's smiling. Does he want to talk? I don't know who figured this out, but I'm not going to try it out. The rumor is that if you can out run an alligator in 15 feet, you will be safe. Alligators are not long distance runners. Any volunteers? How about the inpatient dude in the red car who was in a hurry.

He’s smiling. Does he want to talk? I don’t know who figured this out, but I’m not going to try it. The rumor is that if you can out run an alligator in 15 feet, you will be safe. Alligators are not long distance runners. Any volunteers? How about the inpatient dude in the red car who was in a hurry.

So there you have a large portion of our two weeks in Florida. The other posts are generally below and we do hope you will look at them and click the Rating button above each post. Its just nice to keep track of what folks think of these articles. So, until the next sojourn wherever it make take us …. Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!

All good things eventually come to an end. But the great memories remain. We took only memories - and some photos - and left only footsteps on this sojourn. Tip your glass - Here's to the next one! HUGE hugs to all of you and as Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories ...."

All good things eventually come to an end. But the great memories remain. We took only memories – and some photos – and left only footsteps on this sojourn. Tip your glass – Here’s to the next one! HUGE hugs to all of you and as Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories ….”