Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Night Herons

A birder said this is a juvenile BLACK-crowned night heron, and an adult black-crowned night heron was not far away.   I looked online and it looks more like a juvenile YELLOW-crowned night heron.
Let's just call it a juvenile night heron.

This one is pretty clearly an adult black-crowned night heron.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Red-shouldered Hawk

A hawk perched in a tree not far from the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly


Blue flag iris

Black racer

Maybe a midland or northern water snake?


Anhinga.  I tried several times to get a good reflection image,
but the trees are too busy to let the bird and its reflection stand out.

And a big alligator.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018



No visit to Naples Botanical Garden is complete without admiring the orchids near the exit.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Atlantic Coast Line

The three things that turned southwest Florida from an uninhabitable swamp into a populous tourist haven were mosquito control, air conditioning and transportation.  The Atlantic Coast Line ran intermittently as a freight line and as a passenger line.

This is the third panel of murals on the long wall of a Bonita Springs building, 
painted by Garrett Stinchcomb.  This post is linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What do we want? Gun control. When do we want it? Now.

People of all ages and stripes walked yesterday in Naples' Cambier Park's March for Our Lives.

Most of the speakers after the march were high school students.  They began with 17 different students taking the microphone, reading the name of a person murdered at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and then respectfully banging a bell.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Asian Garden

I always like walking through the Asian Garden at Naples Botanical Garden.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Naples Botanical Garden has DINOSAURS!

Big.  Colorful.  Moving.  
Not going back when granddaughters visit next week.  Too scary for the littlest kids.
Willa has already announced several times that she is afraid of alligators.

I would say "lifelike," but how would I know?  I wasn't here when they roamed the earth.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Great Blue Heron

Great blue herons are frequently seen in Southwest Florida.  

This big heron was almost aggressively visiting beachgoers at the beach on Lovers Key.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Willets are good-sized shorebirds.  This one was on the beach at Lovers Key.