Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas in Florida


Hello, friends. I’m still here although my visits have been sporadic this past year. Happy New Year, by the way! I hope the year brings more good than bad to everyone. I spent the week over Christmas visiting my husband’s folks in Florida along the Gulf Coast. My sons were with me and it was great to be away.

And the weather . . . oh my stars. It was like summertime.




One of the many highlights of my trip was taking bird photos the Rookery/Venice Area Audubon Society. There were so many nesting birds – it was amazing. Can you see some of them in the photo above? This was an island in the middle of a small lake and there were so many egrets and herons in there.


I managed to capture this one of a Great Blue Heron.






And this one of a mother with one of her nestlings.





I love how graceful they are in flight.




I found this on the beach one evening and thought it was pretty cute.

Merry Christmas!




This is a Great Egret that came right up to our table at a waterfront restaurant one day.

Love that green.




Wish I had a bigger lens sometimes because I could have gotten a much better shot of the elusive Roseate Spoonbill if I had. Caught this one in flight at Myakka River State Park while on a boat tour.





This is one of my favorites from my bird shots. A Great Blue Heron coming down for a landing with ruffled feathers galore. I love it.





We took a little tram ride through the park and this was a pretty scene from my seat in the back row.





A sailboat glides through Venice Inlet on a beautiful afternoon.

I had a restful holiday over Christmas. Hope yours was good.

Thanks for stopping by today ~

27 comments:

Sabrina Steyling said...

Happy New Year, Kate! And welcome back! Your photos are awesome, as always, and I adore them all!

My little sis got me a brand new camera for Christmas, a 16 MP Canon PowerShot SX530 HS. I'm having so much fun with it, mostly because there is a 50X zoom on this baby that makes my little old Casio look ridiculous, LOL. There are still tons of settings I have to explore and I will, but for now, I'm just loving that I can zoom in on stuff and have it come out so beautifully crystal clear I think I'm dreaming!

Please give George a hug for me, and may your year be one full of happiness and blessings!

donna baker said...

So that's where they go when they leave here in winter. Such beautiful photos. Ah, Florida in winter. What can be better? Happy new year to you.

Meryl Baer said...

Wonderful pictures, especially of birds in flight. Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Beautiful photos! Happy New Year Kate!

The Furry Gnome said...

Good to hear from you. Hope you have a great 2016!

Hilary said...

We went to Myakka two years ago.......it's a whole 'nother world.....not like coastal Florida at all......so glad you are enjoying yourself.

alphabet soup said...

Happy New Year Kate!

Fabulous bird photos - difficult to choose best bird on blog post but my award goes to the Great Egret. The colors are absolutely stunning, especially tht brilliant green.

Ms Soup

Blondie's Journal said...

Your photos are always extraordinary, Kate!

Happy New Year!

Jane x

Stacey Dawning said...

I love the Blue Heron.... so glad you had a nice Christmas. The snowman (sandman) was adorable!!

Cloudia said...

Happy New Year, dear Kate! Your photos are inspiring

Karen Ann said...

Beautiful images..and glad you got away, and with your boys to boot!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely to read your blog Kate and to know that you had a super (and warm) Christmas.
Don't worry about not blogging much - now and again at least means we can still read how you are doing. Happy New Year to you.

Country Gal said...

Oh I am soo glad you had a wonderful time over there with your family . Fantastic photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Daryl said...

the weather up here, til today, was very Floridian ... your birds bring back and memories of parents place which had a canal and nature preserve right behind their condo .. you could sit in the Florida room and watch what we called 'wild kingdom' through the screened walls ... merry christmas and happy new year ..

Angie said...

Happy New Year! So glad you had a relaxing Christmas holiday in Florida. Wow, you caught is fabulous Heron photos. They are all beautiful! So fun to see a post from you. :) How's George???

Michelle said...

Gorgeous shots; lots of new birds for your photography customers!

Mary said...

So tickled to see your photos of the rookery. It's a favorite spot of ours. You did hit a great time to visit - the weather has been terrific this year in December. Happy New Year!

His Song to Sing said...

Beautiful pictures, Kate. If you ever get to North Florida, I'd love to meet you! It's always good to hear from you.

thotlady said...

Happy New Year Kate!

becky up the hill said...

Happy to see you commenting. Loved your bird photographs. We missed you.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a wonderful Christmas adventure, Kate!
I wish you a bright and beautiful, New Year.

beth said...

what a beautiful trip. i'm so jealous as those birds
never come into the panhandle where we visit :(

me thinks it's time to go further south :)
xo

Candace Porth said...

Happy New Year, lovely bird shots.

Donna S. said...

Happy New Year Kate!! Hope it is a happy, peaceful one. Lovely pictures (again).

Cowgirl said...

Great photography!!

sandra hagan said...

I grew up in Vence.
My favorite Florida place.
A lot of changes. Too many humans. I visit once in a blue moon. šŸ˜Ž

sandra hagan said...

I meant to say the inlet shot looks like the Jetty, I love VENICE❤️