Riverbend Park

Feb 23, 2010 by Janine |
It has been much warmer these past few days. I actually went out in short sleeves over the weekend, imagine that!
We took a stroll around Riverbend Park on Sunday. While wildlife was not particularly abundant, it was nice to get out and enjoy some sun.

This red-bellied slider looked so relaxed.


A group of wood storks resembles a conference of judges


For some reason these plecostomus husks fascinate me. I think because they look so prehistoric.


Plecostomus, or suckermouth catfish, are invasive exotics that were probably introduced by the aquarium trade. They are commonly sold because of their algae-eating habits and are kept with ornamental fish. As the plecos outgrow their tanks, they are likely released. They thrive in South Florida because of the warm water, and because their armored scales protect them from most predators. However, the recent cold weather may have thinned their ranks.



Cold, Again

Feb 13, 2010 by Janine |
The good news is, Rich and I are feeling much better. Tomorrow is my last day of the infernal antibiotic pills!
The not so good news is, another cold front is moving though South Florida and the past couple of nights have been in the 30's - 40's, and its expected to last all through next week! I know its not that cold, but when you are used to 80 degrees, its cold!
Although it was chilly today, it was a beautiful sunny day. Plenty of wildlife was out enjoying the sun. We watched a pair of red-shouldered hawks courting. I have heard that they nested near here last year so I am hopeful that they will do so again.



Another visitor to our garden was this Black Racer. I like how they stick up like a periscope from the ground, looking all around.





This shot is from January, during the last cold spell. I think it may be same snake, exhibiting similar behavior, soaking up the rays before a chilly night.

Still sick...

Feb 07, 2010 by Janine |
Its week three of the sinus infection that won't die. Plus now Rich has "man-flu" as well. The horror.
The good news is that I have been given a stronger antibiotic, the bad news is that it comes with some inconvenient side effects, so we will see what happens. Anyway I am trying to remain upbeat. Its easy to become worn down and unhappy when you feel like crap for weeks, but instead I am using the "down time" to plan and budget projects around the house.
To end on a positive note, this little rabbit has decided to make our front garden his home. We see him daily.