Sunday's photographic serendipity started with these furballs high in an oak tree, basking in the morning sun, above the last ball of mistletoe. I had not seen Cedar Waxwings here for a long time, and I wish this flock were bigger. I am glad they are here now and not a month from now when my blueberries begin to ripen. This was about 9:00 am.
By 11:00 am, I was peeling the top off the JEEP and planning some trip, any trip, to get me away from the laptop on the kitchen table. I have 3 weeks to complete my National Boards Certification portfolio and "reflective writing on the teaching life" is about to kill me. As I carried in the rear JEEP window, some movement caught my eye. A southeastern (Pure Floridian) pocket gopher was tossing dirt out of his subterranean lair right next to the porch ... 10 feet away from my camera which sat on the porch glider swing.
You have to understand ... I have spent beaucoup bazillion moments in wild Florida and never actually seen the live furry pocket gopher ... yet here was one literally at my feet! I snatched the camera, crept to within 3 feet of the busy gopher's hole and got amazing (to me) photos of his furry little self.
Amazing, amazing amazing!
I sat back down at the kitchen laptop all stoked and motivated to "reflect on teaching" again, and I did for a while, but then the kids cancelled their plans for a movie.
Uh oh ...
So Jr. , his buddy T, and I hopped in the topless JEEP and cruised out to Shell Mound and Cedar Key just to explore and give Jr. some driving practice. The saltmarsh was cold and windy and most of the usual shore birds were hunkered down on emerging sandbars as an ebbing tide ripped out driven by the strong winds and a full moon.
Then, one last time that day, photographic serendipity struck again. In the lee of the island, rafts of ducks were dabbling and feeding in a patch of calm water.
And they weren't a quarter mile away as would be my usual luck.
What an amazing photo day! I'll share some of it as the week progresses.
Of course, I am behind in my school work now, so it may be more photo than "reflection".
I think I'm reflected out.