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Simply Living · 1W ago

Bluebird babies survive attack by crow

Over the past month, I've had the pleasure of watching a pair of Eastern bluebirds return to the same nesting box where they have attempted to raise young for the last three years. The woode...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Written in sand...

Morning bike ride to see the sunrise. Ralph takes one last swim before we drive back to Groveland while I walk along the shoreline, pick up a washed ashore shell and scratch out a message in...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Mini meditations

I can't remember the last time I used the dishwasher.  It was probably when our adult kids and grandkids were all visiting and a rising tide of dirty glasses, cookware and cutlery constantly...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Sandhill cranes getting big

I recently drove by my neighbor's field and caught sight of a sandhill crane family.  Mama and Papa Crane were on different sides of the field fence with one baby tagging behind each parent....
Simply Living · 1M ago

Hello crows! Goodbye eagle!

I just came in from watching several crows harass an eagle in a tree on our Groveland property.As soon as I heard the birds' loud cawing cries, I knew something was going on so I rushed outs...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Learning to get along....

In a recent post (Pelican and dolphin - Playing together or vying for food?) I pondered the possible symbiotic relationship between two animals in search of fish - a bottlenose dolphin and a...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Pelican and dolphin - Playing together or vying for food?

There's a place on the Indian River side of Bethune Beach where I go to see dolphins, manatees and shorebirds coexisting in a small cove of brackish water. Pelican and dolphin:  Friends or f...
Simply Living · 1M ago

Disappointment turned to delight

I thought I'd be warm enough Thursday morning when I biked to the beach, but I really wasn't.  A cold wind was blowing off the ocean. Masses of foam and reddish-brown sargassum seaweed had w...
Simply Living · 2M ago

Which picture do you like best?

It was practically perfect at the beach this morning. Sun rising over an unruffled ocean. Gentle breeze. Calm waves. Smooth sand firm enough for bike riding. Not many birds. Fewer people. Mo...
Simply Living · 2M ago

Who says you can't grow raspberries in Florida!

We've always called them 'black caps' but most people know them as black raspberries.  When Ralph and I lived on Cape Cod, picking (and eating!) blackcaps was one of our favorite things to d...