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“Cross In The Cross Walk” May 26, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
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The other day, we were delighted to see this mother teaching her offspring the safest way to cross a busy (or not so busy) intersection:

Aah . . . that’s better!

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It’s Love Bug Season! May 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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It was the BEST of times ~> tomato picking season!

It was the WORST of times ~> love bug season!

Ugh!

These bugs are nasty.

And sticky.

And plentiful.

And corrosive.

Wash them off in double quick time or they will strip your paint job.

At least we didn’t make the mistake of driving out to Hunsader Farms to pick tomatoes in a convertible!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Pelicans Paddling & Ibis in Flight April 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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We often have nature scenes flying or floating past our back door.

I do not always have my camera “at the ready.”

But some days I do . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

A White Wedding February 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor.
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During the International Festival of the Arts, we stumbled upon a white wedding in the Mexican pavilion.

Now, I’m sure no one here would accuse Mickey of marketing manipulation, but the choreography did seem designed to coincide with the recent release of Coco.

Nevertheless, we loved the simple yet elegant maid of honor.

And her escort, the best man . . . a/k/a man’s best friend.

We found him fetching!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery January 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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As we crossed the state on the Tamiami Trail, we saw birds, gators, and . . . fine art!

Clyde Butcher is an award-winning photographer who is not afraid of wading waist deep in water nor of waiting for hours to catch the right mix of sun, sky, and shadows for his stellar shots.

In short, he has patience to capture the exact configuration he wants.

We enjoyed touring his Big Cypress Gallery.

Both inside and out.

Noting that other artists aren’t constrained to black and white images or imaginings.

We skipped the guided tour ~ Walk On The Wild Side.

Trekking through the mucky muck of the Big Cypress Swamp surrounding the gallery (even with a seasoned professional as our tour guide) held no appeal.

Watching gators from an elevated boardwalk is more our speed.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Gator Country January 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Life Balance, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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On a recent road trip to Miami and up Route A1A to Boca Raton, we traversed the state on the Tamiami Trail, passing through portions of the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve.

In other words, through the “River of Grass” and through swampy bits of  “Gator Country.”

Did we see Gators?

You betcha!

We wandered boardwalks at several rest stops and stopped to watch the gators resting.

They are pros at relaxing and recharging.

And recharging and relaxing.

Often sleeping with one eye open.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Two Heads Are Better Than One November 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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A few weeks ago, we took advantage of FREE admission to the St. Pete Museum of History.

Our favorite exhibit ~> Signs of the Times.

We enjoyed wandering around the colorful memorabilia . . .

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs . . .

We watched a funny video which included surprising (and silly) signs from around the world including this sign (in English) from Russia . . .

No drugs or nuclear weapons allowed inside the restrooms.

The exhibit also included toy wagons and fire trucks . . .

In an adjacent room, we saw a 2-headed calf born in 1925.  Two heads.  Two tails.  Six legs.  The stuffed calf, which lived for 6 weeks, has resided at museum for 90 years.

The calf finally got a name this year ~> Half ‘n’ Half.  Other names considered – Topsy Turvy, Moo Two Gai Pan, and Double Stuffed.

A more recent acquisition, a 2-headed chicken born in 1930 near Tampa, lived for 8 months before heading to the taxidermist for stuffing . . .

After touring the museum, we enjoyed lunch at Moon Under Water, a British Pub, opting against any chicken or beef items on the menu . . .

I got Chana Masala (spicy chickpeas) with Naan bread and sampled 2 curries with basmati rice.  Delicious!

BFF opted for Fish & Chips . . .

His lunch cost more than the advertised lunch special at the museum . . .

After lunch, we walked around the waterfront and then took the Trolley back to the car . . .

It felt good to sit down . . .

Another option along the waterfront is to have a Lunch Date with a borrowed bike . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Here . . . Have a Teddy!” August 31, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Travel & Leisure.
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We saw a short segment on the news a few weeks ago showing an airline passenger who needed 28 stitches after being bitten in the face by a dog.

On a plane!

The 50-pound dog was allowed on the flight as an “emotional support animal.”

Other animals that have been allowed to fly for free as emotional support animals ~> a turkey, a pig, and a duck!

QUACK!!!

What next?  An emotional support alligator?  Tarantula? Cobra?

Perhaps it’s time to rein in political correctness in favor of common sense by telling passengers that their right to fly with “emotional support animals” is limited by the rights of other passengers to fly the friendly skies.

Then hand them a teddy to hug for the duration of the flight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

As part of her investigation, the reporter applied for and received an “emotional support animal” certificate for HER dog by filling out an on-line form and paying $149.  That’s all it took so that she could bring her dog on her next flight for “emotional support.”

Mexican Folk Art May 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography.
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At Epcot, in the Mexican Pavilion, we checked out the Mexican Folk Art Gallery.

I loved this Zebra, even if it was sitting down on the job . . .

And we admired the prickly personality of this porcupine . . .

We adored these two Billy Goats . . .

And got a kick out of Chicken Little and his best bud crowing about the sky falling . . .

Some of the art seemed more fanciful than others.  Let’s hope these two dudes exist only in the artist’s over-active imagination . . .

Or Chicken Little will really have something to crow about!

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Heron, an Osprey, and a Fish March 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
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The other day, I stepped out onto the back deck and observed a peaceful scene.

Several turtles were busy sunning themselves on the far bank of the lagoon.  A lone vulture circled on hidden currents overhead.  A Great Blue Heron on the far bank stood guard over his respective territory, a white egret fished at water’s edge, while an ibis pecked in the dirt for grubby morsels.

Just then an osprey flew overhead with a fish clenched in its talons.

The osprey took in the scene, circled back (doing a 180), and swooped low over the head of the Great Blue Heron who squawked in protest, flapping his wings at the intruder.

Unperturbed at the GBH’s vociferous annoyance, the osprey finished his fly-by, circled back again (this time doing a 360 turn) to swoop low over the head of the Great Blue Heron a second time.

The osprey sang out, “Hey!  I’ve got a fish and YOU do NOT!”

Once again, the GBH barked and croaked in protest, screeching out his displeasure while shaking his “fists” at the sky.

With that, the osprey winked at me and went off to enjoy his sushi.

I got the sense that this was NOT their first encounter with one another.  Perhaps the GBH had boasted about one of his prior fishing trips, thus nettling the osprey.

In any event, the only player who got a vote of sympathy from me . . . the fish!

Aah . . . that’s better!