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 🙂

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

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

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

TravelmyStories Just Nature

At this moment I am working on different blog posts from my trip to Canada but they are not ready yet. Besides been a travel agent, a traveler, and a blogger, I am also a biologist. I appreciate nature, I love to see the details of how life works. So when I am not traveling or writing, I like to explore on my own backyard (close to home) and take pictures. This is part of my stories, of the little things I enjoy. Little things that anybody can enjoy too on their own backyard(hometown) if they are not able to travel.

 
On Friday, after dinner my husband and me want for a walk at Kissimmee Lakefront Park by the Lake Tohopekaliga. We saw some baby alligators… 
 
Today (Sunday) I went again, but this time a little earlier than Friday. After eating I went for a walk to get rid of some of the calories I ate and to take pictures of more of the local residents at the same park that I had mention. Well I found some mama birds feeding their little ones. Come take a look.
 
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Well that is all for now. Enjoy life! Nature speak for itself of  the great place we live and the blessing of life. I hope I will have my Canada trip post ready to share with you soon, about a great vacation in a short time.

Until then,

xamlinnette 🙂