April 12, 2016

Beyond The Garden

Our property backs up to a canal that leads to a small lake.  When we first moved here, of course we did a lot of fishing.  Now, not so much...mostly we'll ride out on the lake in the evening just to enjoy the sights.  You can go along on this trip, if you'd like...

A clump of Arrowhead by the boat ramp.

One of three Wood Duck boxes my husband put of now, they all have occupants.

This is the canal leading out to the lake, and no, the water is not blue.  It's only the reflection of a beautiful Florida sky in dark water.

About half way down the canal, the Great Blue Herons are nesting in the tall pines.  At least three nests were being built.  I think some of the birds we observed were juveniles.

Out into the lake...

A pair of  Mallards enjoying the day.  The males are in their eclipse plumage right now, not their most vibrant selves.  From what I have read, this occurs after breeding.

Just a hint of shiny green when he turned.

This male seems to be protective...sweet.

A pair of Mottled Ducks, looks similar to the female Mallard.


Another pair of Mallards resting on the bank.

This pair of Mottled Ducks was hanging around the boat ramp when we returned, looking for a hand out.

Up our boat ramp, and to the bird feeders they go...

Just one more bird, the Osprey that are nesting on our neighbor's antenna have built a huge nest now.  I so hope they are successful, as we sometimes see the crows aggravating them.

Thank you all for visiting!  Next time, back in the garden.


  1. Great post, wonderful pictures of the sights - thanks for taking us on your walk by the lake

  2. Wow, what a great little ride. Peaceful with much to see. Thank you for sharing and I hope you'll ask us out for another boat ride another time.

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

  3. What a lovely post! It is so beautiful going out onto the lake and you have so many lovely ducks and birds to see too. It must be so relaxing at the end of the day to go out and take a little trip like that - Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!
    - Kate xx

    1. Hi Kate, and thanks! We are blessed to live among so much wildlife. _Janice

  4. Hi Janice, what a fun post! I love it! Your bird photos are beautiful and you're so lucky to see them nesting and in breeding plumage. I hope the ospreys are successful too! How nice to live near such a big lake - thanks for taking us on a tour! :)

    1. Hi Lynn, it is a joy to see all the water birds close up. Poor birds have so many predators, but that's nature. _Janice

  5. Hi Janice, I really enjoyed taking this lovely boat ride. What a nice surprise. I can't believe all the beautiful birds. My favorite were the ospreys--they look so proud and noble. Thank you so much for the tour!