Zephyr Park in November

One of my favorite places to go walking in Florida.  Free entrance and free parking.  There is a water feature for young children, a playground, picnic areas and tennis courts.  The birds aren’t afraid of people so it’s a photographers’ paradise.  Sunday afternoons the snowbirds set-up and play music.

Squirrels looking for treats greet visitors.

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Ibis are plentiful.

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The majestic Woodstorks love to pose.

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Little blue heron or tri-colored heron fish in the shallow waters.

This is the first time I’ve seen the black bellied whistling (tree) ducks.

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Anhinga or snake birds hang their wings to dry.

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Great white egret, cattle egret, white peacock butterflies and monk parakeets were also spotted today.

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Chasing Sunbeams

The hot hazing days of summer are just starting and made for a perfect early morning walk through the Strathroy Conservation Area.

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My dog Rickie enjoyed the walk and our adventure chasing the sunbeams.

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We were even lucky enough to see a deer in the field.

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Then back home to enjoy the garden.

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Spring flowers 2018

My favourite season, spring is finally here in Strathroy, Ontario.

Walking along the trails at Strathroy Conservation Area, Trilliums are finally starting to bloom and everything is turning green.

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At home the signs of spring are just as beautiful.

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Weeki Wachee State Park

Be certain to add this State Park to your “Places to See”.

What a deal.  Only $13.50 for adults for the day at Weeki Wachee State Park.  Included in your entrance fee are 4 amazing attractions:

  1. The mermaids.  Entertaining guests since 1947 this is an amazing show.  There were 3 shows daily, but we missed the first one because it was full with bus tour groups.

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  2. 1/2 hour boat cruise.  A great opportunity to see the pure, clear, spring fed Week Wachee River.  99.9% pure and 5 miles per hour.

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  3. Wildlife show.  Learn about local snakes, toirtis, turtles and alligators.

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  4. Water park.  The temperature is always 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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LEONARD, COLEMAN & BLUNT

Week 7 of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was one of my favorites.  Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: former lead vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters really know how to entertain.  Timeless songs performed by amazing singers.  Growing up in the same neighborhood and working together for so many years, their performance is like fine wine, getting better with time.

 

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Today was 87F in Tampa so the animals were mostly laying around.

 

The Diamonds

Week Number 3 of the 2018, Busch Gardens: Real Music Real Masters Series was The Diamonds.

The Diamonds are an amazing live performance to attend.  Be certain to take advantage of anytime you have an opportunity to see The Diamonds live.

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This week’s walk with the animals at Busch Gardens included the Bird Cage and Kangaroos.

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Strathroy Snow Squalls

Our annual trip home to see family and friends during the Christmas season has been extended due to snow squalls and extreme temperatures in Strathroy Ontario.  I wrapped up in my winter clothes and went for a walk around town.

Highway 402 was closed from 401 to Nauvoo Rd, so much of the traffic ventured through Strathroy.

 

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Brooker Creek Preserve

Reading the Tampa Times under Garden Events the Best bet was to go on a Florida Forest Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve.  So I looked up the link on line and registered for this FREE EVENT.  They are really well organized and use eventbrite to book their events.

What a wonderful surprise.  No charge for parking, no entrance fee (donations accepted).  When I arrived the staff was very welcoming.  The displays are amazing in the education centre.

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Guided tours are an amazing way to see Florida Forests in a safe educational group format.  I recommend this for anyone. Brooker Creek Preserve is an amazing place you should add to your list of things to do and see in Florida.

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Be certain to visit the Friends of Brooker Creek Store.  Reasonable prices and great selection.  They had native plants for sale for only $5 each.

I’m looking forward to attending future events at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Zephyr Park, Zephyrhills, Florida

One of my favorite free places to go for an early morning walk.

The water levels are still very high in Zephyr Lake from Hurricane Irma, but the multi-use trail is currently accessible around the entire route.

The squirrels are as friendly as ever.

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The ducks are enjoying the high water levels.  I even saw 4 babies with their mother.

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The Woodstorks are still here and as unafraid as ever.  I counted 6 Woodstorks around Zephyr Lake.

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Ibis, an immature Heron and a Paragon Falcon were also seen this morning.