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December 30th, 2014
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Florida!
As I already posted over at my main LJ, my Florida vacation was simply fantastic. I was really delighted by all the animal life I was able to see and photograph; in the photos below, only the tigers were captive. Unfortunately I did not take photos out at the reef on the glass-bottom boat tour, because my camera only focused on the glass bottom. Nor did I take photos while snorkeling at Discovery Cove, since I don't have a waterproof case for my camera. Guess that means I'll have to go back when my memories get too faded.

Photos of my mother, aunt, uncle, and cousin feeding the birds/getting mobbed by the birds at Discovery Cove will be e-mailed/mailed privately. I don't want to be disinherited because certain people had wet hair! ;)



Canaveral National Seashore (eastern Florida coast)





Canaveral National Seashore



Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Orlando area (Central Florida)





Two Sandhill Cranes on the grounds at Zellwood Station where my aunt lives



Wild Common Gallinule enjoying the grounds at Sea World in Orlando



Wild Louisiana Heron enjoying the grounds at SeaWorld in Orlando



Wild Anhinga enjoying the grounds at Sea World in Orlando



I went to Blue Springs State Park because lots of manatees gather there in the winter to escape the cold. The spring water is always 72 degrees.



But Blue Springs State Park is fabulous for birding as well. The Bald Eagle was too far off, but this Red-shouldered Hawk let us get quite close.



There's more in the water besides gentle manatees, however



Simply a beautiful area to walk and kayak!

Busch Gardens (western Florida coast)





White Tiger



Golden Tabby Tiger

The Florida Keys (furthest south)




Some chickens running loose on Duval Street in Key West



Key West at twilight, near the Sunset Pier



I got to see a Magnificent Frigatebird! I got to photograph a Magnificent Frigatebird! I have got to pinch myself too!



A view of Bahia Honda Island from the old railway trestle



On Tavernier Island, View from the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary



Snowy Egret at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary



Great Egret at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary



My first Yellow-throated Warbler, seen at Key Largo



Small barracuda near a beach area at Key Largo



In cities, pigeons beg for food, in the western mountains you could get Steller's jays, while by the Great Lakes or the ocean it's often seagulls or sandpipers. But in Florida, White Ibises hang around in hopes of a handout, so fun and exotic!



Iguanas run wild in the Florida Keys--and scamper up palm trees like a squirrel!



This tree lives in Key Largo but obviously misplaced itself from Mirkwood!

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From:brezzydal
Date:January 1st, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
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The pictures are wonderful! We got do and see so many
beautiful places. And we were so blessed with good weather.
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From:shout_of_joy
Date:January 2nd, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, we were really blessed with great weather. Glad you enjoyed the photos!
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