I believe I could easily go back in time to a much simpler lifestyle. I find such peace within after traveling the dirt roads here in the National Forest. We live in such a fast paced world today that often times I find myself not even seeing or taking in a small percentage of the nature that surrounds us. It isn’t until days like today that I am reminded and amazed at the simple beauty of the world we live in. We could not have asked for a nicer day…lots of sunshine, no humidity and mid 70’s
This afternoon we were treated to watching Bald Eagles snacking on a tasty morsel on the roadside. First we only saw one, and then suddenly a pair appeared. Sadly, only one of the many pictures that I took even came close to being worthy of publishing.
I have been somewhat disappointed to see the absence of birds around here, so today was very special .
A few days ago we sat along the canal in hopes of seeing wildlife. I can see that it is almost a necessity to get out onto the springs in a canoe or kayak in order to really see the show. An otter was playing a short distance off shore but it was too bashful and fast for me to catch any photo’s. We got a peek at a Manatee from a distance but it, too, just isn’t the same.
A lonely egret, however, was not the least bit concerned about our presence
I am really enjoying the camera I purchased last winter and it is offering quite a challenge in learning all it has to offer.
Before returning to the campground we swung into the nearby fruit stand and bought over 11 pounds of Honeybell oranges for a song. All I can say is WOW …they are incredibly juicy and sweet. We also had heard about a family that sells citrus in the area and stopped in there to scope it out. What a slice of heaven their operation is ! It looks as though they have possibly 5 acres lined with grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lemon trees. Lots of free-range chickens and a pet emu. Mr. Robinson gave us a sampling of kumquats and a few lemons. I guess I will have to search Allrecipes.com or the Food Network for a recipe to use them. Sorry, I was so interested in talking with him that I completely forgot to take any pictures, however we will be going back again so I can hopefully snap a few at that time.
I am not real sure how I started this blog about birds and ended with kumquats, but that is the way life is these days. Good and very laid back!!!
Thanks for checking in with us and have a great week