Inspired to Travel!

The beauty of this world and the mysteries behind every culture are two of the many things that inspire me to travel. The curiosity to understand what others had left behind for us to enjoy or learn. The perfection of nature and the details behind its beauty, blows my mind away.img_3539img_8479img_3829img_8438img_3624dsc_4738dsc_4805img_3106img_8298img_8097img_8490-1

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These are just a few pictures of what I have seen. Because of these inspiring pictures I want to see more. I love to know that there is a lot more to see in my journey and while I discover more and I will be sharing it with you.

Until then,

Xamlinnette

Ready for Valentine?

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What exactly you are looking for?

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Love is freedom.

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Love is commitment without pressure.

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Sometime love is letting go…

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xamlinnette 🙂

Black Skimmers

Marine Life Nuggets


Black Skimmers!

by Xamara L Maisonet

January 2017

I sat comfortably in my beach chair with sunglasses on,  ready for my “nothing to do day”. We were close to the shore line where the soft waves sooth the ambience noise.

Two peculiar bird flew by close to the water and shore line.  They caught my attention, but I was there for beach business so I continue to relax.  Few minutes later they were there again, two of them, one in front of the other. The birds were flying so low, almost touching the water. The duo passed by over and over again, they lifted their flight a little and continued flying until they disappear from my sight.  I never seen that kind of bird before. Their strange orange and black beak woke up my relax mode to alert mode. I notice that when they got close to the water, they skim the water with their lower beak. During the day I try numerous time to capture them in flight with my camera. I wanted to see the bird in details. To be honest, most of  my afternoon went by trying over and over to get pictures.

Scanning my pictures for details, I couldn’t find the birds eyes. I looked, I zoom, and there were no eyes! I thought to myself:

“Maybe they don’t have eyes? No! Impossible!”

At that moment, I wanted to take more pictures to  find the eyes of my flying friends. A little prayer asking them to stop flying won’t be a bad idea..  I wanted to meet the black and white feather creature in person,  a close encounter.

For my surprise my prayer request got answered. I was sitting on my beach chair again, looking diligently everywhere. Then,  I hear my husband calling,

“Xamara, hurry come here now! Hurry!”

I ran toward him and there it was, my friend stopped by to model for me.


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Fun Facts

about black skimmers
  • There are only three species of skimmers: black, Indian, and African skimmer
  • The black skimmer is the largest of the three species
  • They can be found in the coastal areas of  North, Central and South America
  • The lower mandible is longer than the upper one
  • Is the only bird in America that have the unusual feeding habit of skimming the water to capture small fish, and small crustaceans
  • Their young ones have the same length on both mandibles
  • black skimmer are not in the endangered list, but it is on the United State of America  watch list 2014

Afternoon Display of Colors

Gallery of colors and beauty over the Kissimmee skies on a Saturday afternoon.  Sometimes the places that you see often could be magical if you change the way you observed  them.

Until then,

xamlinnette

#postday

Bird Fun, Fun Bird, Fun Shots

Ahhh the sun, the beach, the wildlife and my camera! A fun beach day won’t be complete without my camera. Diligently I am always in the look out for spontaneous and common moments that bring joy to my relax day. Some snowy egrets were close by me, and I could help my self, and I got my camera out.

Let me share one of my “fun moment” at the beach taking pictures of these cuties. I found them funny with their yellow feet and their rock and roll “hair” look.
 
Here you can see they are like soldiers waiting for a command, but in reality they are waiting for some fish that a boy is getting for them from his fishing net.
 
I love this picture, it’s so funny to my how he is so concentrated waiting for a fish. And what about his hair! It looks like he iron it.
Check out the close up. It’s so lean and narrow. Yellow eyes and long hair with a long black beak, what a guy!
 
More cool shots of my model of the day.
 
And it left. But I took a curious video of one of them trying to catch some food and it looks like it was dancing with the waves.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun!
Until then,
xamlinnette 🙂