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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...
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...
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...
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...
Save weeds. Feed birds.
Sow thistle is a springtime wildflower that pops up in lawns, fields and roadsides with abandon. This tall, prickly, yellow-flowered plant with fluffy seedheads is related to dandelions and...
Snapshots from the beach
Looking back through photos I took last week makes me realize how many wildlife encounters can happen without doing much more than biking, rowing and walking back and forth from the house to...
Look what we found at the beach this morning!
Today's bike ride to the beach took a surprising turn. Instead of watching the sun rise swiftly over the horizon, I became totally captivated by an unusual beachcombing find. Yesterday's sto...
A new-to-me wildlife discovery!
When Ralph called me over to point out the turtle he’d found, I should have recognized it right away. Box turtles are not uncommon. In fact, these distinctly marked land turtles might be t...
A popcorn sky with rays of light
Biked to the beach for the morning light but a dark band of low laying clouds hid the actual sunrise from sight.But you can't hide beauty!As the sun rose higher, rays of brightness illuminat...
What do you think these ospreys are saying?
I scanned the sky yesterday trying to track down the sound of an osprey calling. Eventually I located it but much to my surprise, instead of finding one fish hawk screeching out a message, ...
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