Saturday, December 12, 2015

There's Something in the Air...


We glided through the canals of Winter Park Florida last March in search of some sights. There were homes big and small lining the shore. We spied fuzzy moss of every length dripping from wise old trees. And to top things off we had a wise ass of a boat driver to give us the low down!  He was living the dream.  Retired in an enviable climate, spending his free time out on the water and flirting with any available white haired ladies that might be on board. He also warned us about that dripping moss.  He told us that if we wanted to take a sample home to stick it in the freezer for a couple weeks.  It is full of chiggars and fleas.  No thanks.


But there was more than moss in the air. This decorated tree caught my eye.  A mini island.


The boat didn't even slow down for the most interesting part of the floating adventure for me. These Anhingas. (or Cormorants)


But I managed to get a few fleeting shots. These island trees are popular perches.  Well, so is Florida.  

 I've thrown a curve ball over at The Chorus of the Crows  Be sure to drop by and catch up on my word play!



24 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, boating on the canals sounds like a fun time. I love the anhinga trees. Very cool! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Linda Hensley said...

I love that single tree. It looks like a woman with her arms up. Just beautiful! I also scrolled through your other blog and just love all your photos. (though I don't know how to leave a comment on that site?)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The moss is very pretty, but I dob't care for the fleas. I love the anhingas in the trees. Enjoy your weekend!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That tree is unique in it's beauty. Have a great Saturday!

Stephanie said...

Those trees in the water are quite unique. Love the shots of the birds and no thanks on those chiggers and fleas too.

Anni said...

Wow....this could pass as a movie set for some adventure/survivor series!!!

Wonderful. The birds look like cormorants, I don't think the beaks are long enough to be anhingas. Yet, won't be the first time I'm wrong.

Thanks for adding your link to this post at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

DJan said...

Love those bird shots. :-)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The trees full of cormorants are awesome, Sharon.
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TexWisGirl said...

love the loaded trees. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Looks like that tree is a good hang out spot.

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

oh i love the tree with the ornaments, i am curious, did they just swim out there or what? i bet that was a cold time. i keep checking out your art blog, you are so so talented. very cool. thumbs up!! ( :

Marie C said...

Sharon...what an awesome trip this looks like! I enjoyed the photos very much! Thanks for saying the tigers at Out of Africa were getting some playtime/exercise. Yes! I bet they really enjoy it. I know the spectators do. Will get back to Chorus very soon. I am so wiped out right now....didn't even get on the computer all weekend, except to do that tiger post because I am still tired from our trip. Plus, our daughter's birthday cake was made, and presents wrapped, and we had our grandson here also. It is rainy and cold, and I have absolutely no energy right now. :-) I don't know if I will EVER get my house decorated for Christmas...maybe by Christmas eve! :-)

Linda Kilsdonk said...

I LOVE the fleeting shots of the trees filled to the brim with cormorants! Even "fleeting", these are great and interesting shots! What a cool thing to see! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

NC Sue said...

What an amazing sight - a huge flock of birds!
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I love those trees! Hello from your neighbor in Georgia!
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Neesie said...

Now that's a lot of cormorants. Great photos but I'm with you on the dripping moss. I'd have left it too ;D

Purfylle said...

Those canals look like they would be a lot of fun to navigate!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

One of that tour guides wiseass relatives told us once that the "don't let the bedbugs bite" was referring to when people use the moss to stuff mattresses ... With predictable consequences. Itchy just thinking bout that!

Pretty pictures ... Enjoying them from our perch here on the Caloosahatchie!

Neil said...

Great time on the water.

Pierced Wonderings said...

Absolutely beautiful! I have a great love affair with water and trees and spanish moss ;)

I host a Photo Friday link-up each week - I'd love to have you consider joining us!

Stopping by from Image-in-ing!

Chris Rohrer said...

I love boat rides, but when they blatantly float past birds, I go crazy. I'm with you on this one:)

Hilary said...

Looks like a fine tour. I do love that the mini island tree was decorated. It looks quite lovely. And the trees decorated with cormorants are also quite the sight to behold.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow!! All those birds in a tree!
love
tweedles