Thursday, April 24, 2014
It was great to meet my favorite painter today and see his studio. If you have never seen his beautiful florida bird images, go to ernestsimmons.com. He had two really pretty canoes hanging from the ceiling, but my favorite was getting a glimpse into how he does his paintings. Hey I use paper plates to mix paint too! Here are some interesting pics:
So this morning I learned that bumble bees apparently sleep motionless on the flower they would like to use in the morning. I thought this bee was dead for a couple hours when I was walking by it, but then it woke up! Also saw a few birds but no chuck-wills-widow, as reported recently.
Found out at the gate that this back trail at Hillsborough River was the best for birds. Usually I go to the river part, but this was the opposite side of the park. Immediately heard, and then found, a house wren. I don't remember ever seeing one out in the open before, although I have caught some glimpses at circle B after hearing the interesting call. I spent a long time photographing this one and then found many more interesting subjects. Also found a red-headed woodpecker, which I have only ever seen at the parking lot at my work in and Powerline Rd. in Dade City, never at a park.
dina yellow butterfly?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Went on the Arrowhead trail today. I don't go on it too much, but found some interesting animals there amongst all the poison ivy. My favorite was watching the raccoon wash his hands and get some water.