Thursday, February 11, 2016

Canaveral National Seashore

... before I headed off to Big Cypress from Merritt Island it's very close to Kennedy Space Center and the Canaveral National Seashore so I headed up to see it.  There is a south and north entrance so this is at the south entrance...


It was quite a blustery day as Winnie the Pooh would say...so most birds were laying low!!  It is quite strange on the map given to me there was not one icon on it for restrooms, or picnic area on the south end...yet it turned out there was not one but 13 pit toilets and one very large covered picnic area!! Duh.

the National Seashore Canaveral, FL

The wind had the waves spraying all over the place..


a large flock of Royal terns tried to keep from being blown away...and the wind was cold too...brrr


they had the punk hair do going on...


a couple Ruddy Turnstones made an appearance along the surf...


and 3 willets all standing on one leg....just chillin'



on the way back I stopped at Merritt Island VC to get my passport stamped, and they have a short boardwalk hike... 



I saw an armadillo searching fro grubs along the edge of the boardwalk...I saw about a dozen along the roadside too...all Alive and well!!


I think they're adorable...

and this guy...


It has been fun to see Brown and White Pelicans alongside each other in the FL waters...

and another Spoonbill was in the canal when I left my campground this morning!! They are so pretty with a face only a mother could love..


speaking of which its my son's birthday on the 11th Happy Birthday Son....sorry your card will be a wee bit late!! 

PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Been off the grid so long I will try to catch up...Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge is chock full of wading birds of all sorts...great place to visit...Im just going to run some photos I took ...
it was quite foggy as I got out early...


the fog makes for great sound enhancements tho...and a beautiful fog rainbow!!

 



a. avocets in the fog

ruddy turnstones


black skimmers

lesser scaup

white ibis

Roseate Spoonbills

Greater Yellowlegs

glossy ibis

green heron

blue winged teal

black pointe drive

common moorhen

reddish egret

osprey

common loon

wood storks


mottled duck

manatee seen down the road from the wildlife drive

snowy egret

and lastly I liked this shot it has so much going on!!

max brewer bridge and the city of Titusville, FL in background in the mist..


Im behind as usual but my next stop is Big Cypress National Preserve!
Hope you are all doing well I'll catch up to your blogs when I have electricity..right now I have about one slither of battery left...

PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

History is soaked in .....

I have internet tonight so I'll try for a post...I ended up hanging out in the Big/Little Talbot area (east of Jacksonville, FL) for a couple days there was a lot to see there!! On Monday I headed south after watching an awesome day begin by burning off a dew so heavy I thought it had rained!  


They gave me a spot right by the marsh so I really enjoyed this view as the sun came out and hit the trees.



We got up pretty early,  a Grey Catbird tried to steal Casey's breakfast..


He carried on something fierce, but we didn't give in...lots of the Spanish moss here, it makes a nice curtain for our view!


Casey and I walked the nature trail at the campground.


He was wearing his brand new sweater!! It was quite cold on this morning I had on 2 jackets!! He wouldn't look at me, so I promised to not put this on Facebook, but I didn't promise to not put it on Blogger!! HA..he is molting so he has his scruff on right now...we both look like a motley crew.

Happened to be driving right past St Augustine..so I stopped to see the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument.  


The day started out so cold yet it got very hot!! Casey and I walked the grounds, then he had to wait in the van while I went inside the fort so I didn't stay inside long ...since there was no shade in the parking lot...I do draw the sun shades open the windows, and he has his own battery operated fan to keep him cool!!



This is a 333 yr old stone and masonry fort built by the Spanish when they had control of the city! St Augustine is the oldest city in the US.  (1565) .. It sure was oozing with history and in a beautiful location right on the Matanzas Bay.  (Mantanzas in Spanish means Slaughters) in 1565 the Spanish massacred the French, thus the name Mantanzas...and there is another Nat. Monument, Ft. Mantanzas, that guarded the river travel south of St Augustine...


The castle, Castillo,  comes complete with drawbridge!!


No I don't know any of those people but it looked better to have people walking on it!  The ranger led program was gonna run long so I snapped a few photos...




It was remarkably cool inside the thick limestone walls!!  This is the Barracks..I got my passport stamped and then headed back outside to get Casey out of the van, saw a couple of Ruddy Turnstones on the sea wall...



It reminds me of Charleston because there are cannons all over town...



and the iron work reminds me of New Orleans...


I didnt want to circle this block, because I was headed over the Bay Bridge, so I got a good shot of 
Ponce de Leon's tush...personally I think this is his best side...


Although I could not find parking to stop and go inside this cemetery I stopped and made a few pics via the open window...such a narrow street you have to pull over to allow cars to pass both ways it should be a one way street....anyways The St. Augustine National Cemetery is located on Marine street just a few blocks from the Castillo...google assisted me in getting info about these pyramids inside the walls...


Monuments and Memorials
The Dade Monument is composed of three distinct pyramids constructed of native coquina stone. The pyramids were erected in 1842 and were originally covered with white stucco. The memorials were dedicated at a ceremony on Aug. 14, 1842, that marked the end of the Florida Indian Wars. The pyramids cover vaults that contain the remains of 1,468 soldiers who died during the Florida Indian Wars, from 1835 to 1842. According to the inscription, the wars began on Dec. 25, 1835. Three days later, Maj. Francis L. Dade and his regiment were enroute from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to Fort King (Ocala) when they were ambushed and killed. Of the 106 men and officers under his command, only two survived. Maj. Dade and his men are among those entombed at the pyramids.




Much of History is all about death unfortunately!!  Anywho...we headed on over the bay bridge and south to Mims/Titusville, where I ended up in a KOA for the night under a huge bright Sodium light...right off I-95 Whoopty-Do....not exactly my cup of  tea but it was a place to park for the night..got an early start,  broke camp before 8, cause I had a big day planned at Merritt Island NWR!



PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.