Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Orlando FL Area 11/11/13 - 11/24/13

Orlando FL weather in November has been beautiful, mid 70's most days.  Each morning in our campsite we were visited by a trio of Sand Hill Cranes.  These majestic birds stand about 4 feet tall, were not phased by our presence a bit, and their bugling and rattling calls were both haunting and beautiful.  On a few occasions they performed a wonderful dance outside of our windows, a treat to see.  We also had a resident tortoise that crossed over our campsite every day.  We were amazed at how fast he could transverse the campground during his daily visits.

While in the area we did some bike riding and also got in a few 9 hole rounds of golf at a local executive golf course.  One day we drove out to Lakeland, FL and did some hiking in the Circle B Bar Reserve, a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants, animals and birds.  At the reserve we saw over 20 alligators, various bird species, raccoons and armadillos.  It was an enjoyable morning.  The Anhinga and the Roseate Spoonbill are especially beautiful.  But the Roseate Spoonbill is incredibly shy and we hope to one day shoot a better picture of one.  We topped off the day at a vintage theater built in the 20's where we were first entertained by an organ concert (30 min prior to every movie show) and then to a documentary film that we had gone there to see.  The theater had so much charm.  The history of the theatre is a short, yet interesting read. http://www.polktheatre.org/history.asp

We are headed to Odessa FL for Thanksgiving week staying at the Silver Dollar Golf club.
Orlando, time to slow down
FL Sand Hill Crane Visitor
Resident Campground Tortoise
Armadillo...these guys are quick!
Smaller Alligator
Roseate Spoonbill
Great Blue Heron
Ibis sitting high in a tree
Red Shouldered Hawk
Sunset at the campground
States Visited Since Retirement

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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