The Best Part Of My Beach Day

One of the thing that I love the most beside traveling is going to the beach. I have the privilege to live in Central Florida, where I have beach to the east and west of me. Normally we go to the beach on the east coast because is a little bit closer from us, than the west. But to be honest I like the beaches from the Gulf of Mexico better. This weekend we decided to have a beach weekend. Today (Sunday) is our third day in a row coming to St. Petersburg beach. We absolutely loved it. The water is clear and warm but still refreshing. Not that many waves like in the east coast.

 If you know me at least a little bit, you will know that I love to take pictures, and lately I enjoy taking pictures of birds. What a great combination of a relaxing day at the beach and take pictures of sea birds! 
All the pictures above were from Friday afternoon. That afternoon I noticed a bird that I haven’t seen before. It flew close to shore and to the water. I notice that it was flying so close to the water that the lower part of its beak was touching the water. I got curious and wanted to take a picture but it was impossible, it flew so fast.  
Well, we decided to go back to the beach The next day and guessed what?
 

 You see that bird ⬆️ flying there? It became my obsession for the afternoon on Saturday. You don’t have any idea how many photos I took or better said how many attempted pics I did trying to capture these birds. The flew in pairs. Two of them pass by us many times during the afternoon.
 
After so many tries, I got this two pictures ⬆️⬆️ that I absolutely loved. I love the pictures now, but at the beach with the sun glare it was difficult for me to see how good the pictures were on my camera. So I wanted more, I wanted to have a close up of the birds, I was certain that I have never seen these birds before.
After many attempts I start making a little prayer on my head “Please God order one of these beautiful creatures to stop by for a few minutes for me to be able to take a pic…” “Pretty please my dear Father” “Creator and owner of everything that breath.” And mentally I was doing a pretty please face to God. But nothing happened. 
I was sitting on my beach chair on my own business when my husband said to me: “Hurry come here now!” And I looked at him with a puzzle face like what? He said: hurry, hurry, look! So I stand quickly, left everything on the chair, took my camera and there it was…
Just standing there, taking a break of the so many loops that it have been doing during the whole afternoon. I couldn’t believe my eyes.THE CHERRY ON TOP of my day! Thank you Father God! 😉 
 
 
This cutie is a Black Skimmer, these birds have a unique way of feeding and are the only birds in America that feeds the way they do. They “skim” the water with their lower bill while flying closely to the water until they catch small fishes and/or crustaceans, when they feel something they snaps their bill to keep their prey. The Black Skimmers are the largest of the three skimmers families. There are also African Skimmers and Indian Skimmer.
Well that’s all my story!
Until then,
xamlinnette 🙂
Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.

It was the fist time in my life that I traveled, I was 18 years old and it wouldn’t be the last. Twenty five years later I can testify that, that trip to Disney World wasn’t my last.

 
Back then, I lived in Puerto Rico and I had never traveled before. I used to dream about Disney World, it was like a fantasy to me. The whole concept of traveling to the US it was like a dream. I never imagine back then that eight years later I was going to be living permanently in Orlando Florida. If I never imagine that, less I imagine that I was going to be working everyday on Disney property. Back then was a dream, this day is my every day life thing.
It was my first time traveling and it was my first time at Disney World, and definitely hasn’t been the last. That was just the beginning of Travelmystories I just didn’t know it back then. 

 

In some of the pictures we were at Universal Studios. Actually on that vacation we stayed at Central Florida for 3 weeks and we visited all the parks including Bush Garden in Tampa. My family always took us on vacation, but in Puerto Rico. We visited many places and stayed in different towns during our vacation. But this special one, was our first family vacation in the US. Thank God for cameras, and albums we have now great memories to re-live.
Where did you go on your first travel?
Until then,
xamlinnette:)
 

A Light Show That We Would Never See Again

After 20-years we would never see again this particular scene of dark skies and colorful lights at Disney Hollywood Studios. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would not longer be part of the Christmas Celebration on this park.

 
Can’t wait to see what is going to be the new thing at Disney Hollywood Studios this year. I am pretty sure will be something spectacular! I will be there to see it and share it with you. 
 
Until then, 
xamlinnette
 
Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites (Dark and light)

My Afternoon Trip to Lukas Nursery

Continuing with my search for things to do in my hometown of Central Florida I went to visit Lukas Nursery last Sunday afternoon. I have shared before with you that I am participating on butterflies surveys, but that doesn’t mean that I know butterflies. I am learning about them a little bit more now. I want to keep learning more about them, beside that I love to take pictures of them. I like to go back to the pictures and see the details of them that you can not notice when they fly by. If you pay attention and look closely them is like watching a little alien, or a beautiful monster.

 
I am a person of details, I think details are important to make something ordinary, unique. I like to apply that concept on everything, even when we talk about travel. The details of your travel are the ones that will make your experience unique.
Can you see the proboscis of this ⬆️ little fellow inside the flower? But it’s so little that if you don’t pay attention you won’t notice this magic event. I got some sugar juice in my finger and the little guy just jump to my finger to have a little taste. They taste by their feet!
This ⬇️ little guy is Atala and is very common in South Florida.

Let me introduced to you our Florida state butterfly:
Zebra longwing 
Ok for the next butterfly I did a whole photo shoot out it! I had to follow it all over the place, of course very cautiously, to be able to take these pictures. Some of the pictures you will sense some kind of movement because it was moving a lot. It was flapping its giant wings while having a good meal.
 

 

 But for a moment my little colorful friend stoped and stayed still. It spead its wings like in a perfect formation. I took advantage of 
the perfect moment.  The giant swallowtail is the largest butterfly in Canada and United States.
Did you notice that my butterfly “model” is missing a piece of the left bottom wing? This kind of details are the once that you can notice only when you pay attention.
To finish let’s enjoy the pretty color combination that the next two have with their close wings.
 
Polydamas Swallowtail ⬆️

Black Swallowtail ⬆️ These two did not want to open their wings for me…
That was pretty much my Sunday afternoon, chasing butterflies at Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter to take pictures of them. 
 
Until then,
xamlinnette 🙂
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Playful

Viceroy Butterfly posing for me.
Viceroy Butterfly posing for me
Viceroy Butterfly posing for me

Lately I had been participating on butterfly surveys. Were we have to count and identify butterflies on a certain pathway. We can find butterflies everywhere we go, we might not pay attention that they are there. Since I been participating on this survey I am more aware of my surroundings and see they playful butterflies everywhere now. 

Gulf fritillary
Gulf fritillary
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Gulf fritillary posing for me.

For some people watching  butterflies and identifying them is a hobby. There are other people who like to have butterflies in their garden. For that, they buy the right plants to have a beautiful display of them around their garden. That way they can enjoy their playful behavior and I say that because of their cute way of moving around, flapping their wings and jumping up and down.

If you are in Central Florida and enjoyed this kind of activities you should visit Lucas Nursery the Butterfly Encounter.
Another place you can go, but this one is in South Florida close to Fort Lauderdale, to have a butterfly experience is Butterfly World.

Another way of enjoying the playful butterflies is just paying attention when you are out there walking in the park or just outside. All the pictures and video in this post are my own encounter with the playful creatures. I don’t have more because they are to hyper to pose for me 😉.
 
Until then,
xamlinnette 🙂 
daily prompt playful