We went out for breakfast this morning at Broken Egg in Lakewood Ranch....It's our little tradition to drive around the lakes surrounding Lakewood Ranch and see if we see any wildlife...Sparky is looking for 1) gators, and 2) unusual birds.... It's just a beautiful drive and we always see Great Blue herons, ibis, great white herons, and lots of egrets. If we get lucky, we see roseate spoonbills. Today, we saw both gators and spoonbills---YAY!
The gator was on the golf course...Sparky got a photo from across the street after being warned by Eldo that golfers do NOT like spectators anywhere near them, even if just walking on the golf path. Or is it gators do NOT like anyone near them! In this case, the golf path was no where in sight, so Sparky had to rely on her little point and shoot zoom to capture the gator in front of the golfers. One of the golfers saw the gator and as soon as he whipped out his camera phone to take a photo, the gator plopped back into the water. Better into the water and not headed for the golfers!
Then on the way back along the road while looking for a garage sale, Sparky spotted a roseate spoonbill in a residential wetlands. "STOP THE CAR! IT'S A SPOONBILL, ELDY!" and of course, my man stops the car as soon as it's safely possible, Sparky hops out and heads for the wetlands on a dry path, stealthily stepping very slowly, SLO-O-O-W-W-LY towards the spoonbill, trying to get a better photo with her puny little point and shoot 16X zoom.
Eldy patiently drove around in circles in this residential neighborhood until he spotted Sparky heading back towards the road. SCORE! Spoonbill in flight!
It's Mothers' Day...and Happy Mother's Day to all our wonderful readers that are mothers, step-mothers, and role models for those who don't have mothers...
I am so blessed to be a mother to two fine daughters...Kelly, my oldest, and Kerry, my youngest.
I am also a stepmother, so to speak, although not officially, to Eldy's two children, Kristi and Brian.