Saturday, June 18, 2016

Backyard Excitement In Florida - Monarchs and Bee Swarms (video)

If you follow the blog, you know I raise Monarch butterflies. The video
has close-ups of these marvelous creatures. But I also had the surprise
visit of a bee swarm on my backyard tree for five days. Once they found a
new place for a hive, they left, but it was both beautiful and sobering
to have 15,000+ bees swarming above your head during breakfast. They
never showed any interest in me however and happily buzzed by my head
with no concern for my presence.  Two minute video.

Here are photos of the same bee swarm:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Bird Rookery Swamp - Hiking in the Everglades Nature, Florida -Part Two

This is the second and last post of the nature of Bird Rookery Swamp in Naples, Florida. The hike was full of wildlife, including four alligators. One alligator is Nellie, who likes to snooze on the trail. She is used to humans but it is still scary to be so close to such a huge 12 foot gator.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hiking in the Extraordinary Bird Rookery Swamp, Naples, Florida - Part One

These are photos from the extraordinary Bird Rookery Swamp in Naples, Florida. The nature and wildlife is everywhere. The trail is 12 miles long but you can do just segments of it. Near the start of the trail is Nellie, the12 foot alligator who likes to sleep on the trail. Who is going to stop her, right? It's a little nerve-racking to get by her but she just snoozes away, occasionally opening her eyes to make sure the hikers are behaving themselves. Enjoy!


                                  My nerve-racking walk past the 12-foot alligator on the hiking trail.