Saturday, August 30, 2014


Here are the two osprey chicks that would not exist had August 2013 not been a month of wonderful cooperation between between the Levy County school district and the Central Florida Electric Cooperative...not retelling that story here, but search PF for it if you didn't read it before.

Two healthy new ospreys ... concrete evidence of a job well done.
This was my last view of the chicks back in July.
The next time I dropped in at school, they had left the nest to to live their mullet munching lives.

What a pair!

This pair of Barred Owls was a wonderful consolation prize after a gopher tortoise I was following outwitted me.
That is not something I'm proud of ... being outwitted by a slow moving tortoise, but it happened.
... another post certainly, another time.
Barred Owls are a pretty regular companion here at PFHQ, but catching a pair together is a treat.
What a pair!

Finally, pairs of pears ... why do the almost nonmunchable hard pears do best here in Florida?

I was so hot and dehydrated after trimming cherry tree limbs from above on this day, that even the meager juice and fructose of a sand pear was welcome, but ... man are they solid.

The only time I remember these being truly tasty was a million years ago as a teenager, when Miss Colese made a relish out of them.
This tree (which I have named "Katy Peary") has taken a beating over the years. The deer stripped her foliage and rubbed her bark off when she was a sapling. Then a large oak nearby dropped a huge branch on her that broke some of her major limbs.

Katy's a trooper though ... what a pear!


Aunty Belle said...

Fabulous owls! We'uns had a hard pear tree too, onc't. T'weren't much good fer anything but stewing, or stuffing ducks hat I done served wif' montmerency sauce.

Julie Zickefoose said...

I've been gnawing on hard little pears in Ohio, too. 60's in CT...loving that...and I got a little lost in a big woods today, but enjoyed the irony of reading PF in the middle of a mesic deciduous forest full of hemlock and stone walls. It's an odd, odd world. I like your new bird photography, FC. :)

robin andrea said...

You sure are seeing some pretty nice birds there. Love those owls, and what a treat to see the osprey. Funny, we have some hard pears here too that the kids picked somewhere. I am waiting for them to soften, I see that I may wait forever.

Slow Motion...always an adventure said...

I love the owls. Cant wait to hear how that tortoise out smarted you.

Pablo said...

Love that photo of the barred owls. I hear them in my forest, but I rarely see one, let alone a pair.