I was at a neighbor's house for a Christmas party when the doorbell rang. A large group of other neighbors started singing Christmas carols. I am always a bit reluctant to show groups
of neighbors who didn't ask to be photographed for a blog, so I ran this through a filter.
I arrived at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary right after Barbara Gurry Rowell. She was there to pick up her lovely watercolor paintings and sculptures of birds, which had been exhibited at the visitor center.
Her paintings are delicate and Audubon-like. I tried to find a position to photograph
Barbara without the reflected overhead lights but couldn't find one. Sorry, Barbara.
I followed a beautiful great white egret for a while at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary as he moved ever so slowly through the swamp and then along a log. Occasionally he would spot some food
in the water and dart his head so fast that I never caught him in action.
Hurricane Irma knocked down a lot of trees at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, including some of the named, hundreds of years old, tall cypress trees. It isn't all bad. Most of the trees just toppled where they were. The ones that landed on boardwalks have been pushed into the swamp, where -- as
"nursery logs" -- they will host insect families, ferns, orchids and other life.