Monday, February 21, 2011

Marlborough Sounds - New Zealand

                                  With only a few exceptions every bird I've seen here is new to me!  I haven't met any Americans yet, so I'm doing my best to represent Iowa far holding my own, I think.  :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Adventures in Kayaking

Canoesports Outfitters EXPO 2011
Don't miss the fun!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Morning Solitude

Low Tide in the Morning on Pavillion Key
Dark Blue and Orange Hues with Circles and Lines

Thursday, February 3, 2011


You really can't tell from this photo, but this fellow was VERY big (15 - 17 ft) ....and, he was watching us.  Doesn't it look like he's smiling?  American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis (can you say that three times fast).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Everglades Osprey

North American Osprey - Pandion Heliaetus Carolinensis

 The Osprey thrives in the Florida Everglades.  On my morning walks along the shores I was often visited by this majestic raptor.
Consider the meaning of the Osprey’s scientific name:  “Pandion” refers to the mythic King of Athens whose daughters were turned into birds in Greek mythology.  “Haliaetus” comes from the Greek word “Halos” (Sea or Salt) combined with “Aetos” or Eagle.  Thus - ' Sea Eagle'.
I was once fortunate to hold one of these magnificent birds for a brief moment and look into her eyes....perhaps she now lives in the Everglades.  I hope one day she will return to  Lake Red Rock in Iowa.