Nature Walks – Whacked out at Wako

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Cattle Egret

Nature Walks – Whacked out at Wako, 04.05.18

Ah, another day, another wetlands preserve.  This time I headed to Wakodahatchee for the first time in about a month!  The last time I was there the parking situation was very tight; today, it wasn’t a problem.  Apparently, a lot of our temporary visitors have returned to northern climes once again, after the recent Passover and Easter holiday weekend.

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Fuzzy baby Wood Storks

This time of the year, Wakodahatchee is a baby nursery for birds, lots of noisy, smelly baby birds.  The local Wood Stork nurseries were filled with half-grown fuzzy youngsters, sometimes all joining in on a chorus as their patient parents arrive to the feed the next generation.

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Grooming Great Egret

Half-grown Anhingas were preening themselves in the sunshine, perched on the pond apple trees.  The trees have recently burst into their full greenery, with some displaying their characteristic yellow blossoms and tiny green fruit.  The fruit eventually mature to the size of small mangos.  When they drop into the ponds, sometimes you will see turtles pushing them around through the dark water, while attempting to nibble at the sweet fruit.  In the past, humans have also enjoyed pond apples.

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When waiting to be fed, sometimes these young Wood Storks bob in a noisy chorus until one of the parents feeds them. It can be quite deafening at times but is a positive sign for the future of this singular stork.

There were no alligator sightings today, although I looked carefully at all the places I have noticed them in the past.  Most of the activity was from birds, with birds flying overhead, diving into the water, swimming or wading.  It is a busy time for the adults keeping their young fed.

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Great Blue Heron couple

I noticed one Tri-colored Heron preening himself intently while sitting in a huge leather fern.  With his turquoise breeding color around his beak and lovely fluffy plumage, he was obviously looking for a partner.

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Then I noticed some young Cormorants swimming and diving, carrying up twigs and bits of weed to the surface and then hopping up into an old pond apple trunk.  I suppose they were practicing their hunting skills or do birds play?

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Double-crested Cormorant. Notice the hooked beak which differentiates it from the needle-nosed Anhinga.

The male iguanas have all reverted back to their normal green coloring from the breeding orange.  There were some very large iguanas draped high in trees and dozing in the sunshine.

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Before I left the sun was dimmed a bit by growing clouds.  Soon the spring thunderstorms will begin once more and the official “dry” season will be over.  Just as well; the water levels of the local ponds are down quite a bit.  And I saw a lot of crispy looking vegetation over at Green Cay yesterday.  It is not unusual to have wildfires out in the Everglades at this time of the year.

Here are more photos:

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Young Anhingas

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A handsome Great Blue Heron.

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A Black-necked Stilt. Look at those legs!

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Anhinga and a Double-crested Cormorant. Two very different birds, but both are excellent swimmers.

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Some of the native plants used to purify the waters.

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A portion of a Wood Stork rookery. Other birds, including Anhingas, Cormorants, Herons, and Egrets also raise their young within these pond apple rookeries (if that is the proper name!).

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The heart of the wetland preserve. The taller trees are growing on a levee that separates the ponds. It doesn’t stop the alligators from traveling over the embankment to reach the other side. The entire wetlands are surrounded by high wire fencing to keep the alligators in. Alligators are still capable of climbing over chain-link fencing.

That’s it for today, folks.  I hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend.  And thank you for visiting Blue Dragon Journal!

Namaste,

“Sunny” VaCoupe

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Angelic Guides via Taryn Crimi: Do You Know What Your Greatest Tool for Creating the Life of Your Dreams Is? Are You Using it Correctly? — dreamweaver333

Originally posted on We Signed Up For This: April 4, 2018 Today we would like to focus your attention upon the vast topic of your imagination. All of you came here equipped with this magnificent tool and yet we watch as so many misuse it. We would like to take this time to briefly discuss…

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Protect your Energy

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The flip side of owning your Energy (prior post)
Is Protecting it and Clearing it
Especially if you are sensitive
You are prone to absorb the energy of others
Wherever you go
Whether it is people close to you
Or just as you go about in a public space like a shopping mall
Or even online
If you are not aware
You can find yourself absorbing lower energy
Without even noticing
Leaving you feeling drained or negative
Not sure how you got there
It is imperative
You protect your energy
And clear it on a regular basis
Learn to be aware of the energy of those around you
If you feel it may be low
There is no need to blame or think too much about it
Just make sure you stay in your Own Energy
Find what works for you
You can work to maintain your energy and make…

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From Wherein Arises Anger? | Heavenletters — Rainbow Wave of Light

God said: God knows you don’t want to be angry. Beloved, you don’t even want anger to simmer on the back burner of your stove. You have seen others rein in their anger, yet it seems that you have run-ins with your own acknowledged anger. Sometimes you feel outright irritation and anger. It doesn’t seem […]

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Originally posted on Forever Unlimited: ARE YOU READY? APRIL 2018 MESSAGE FROM ARCHANGEL MICHAEL * LM-4-2018 TRANSMITTED THROUGH RONNA / SACRED SCRIBE Beloved masters, it has been some time since we discussed the Cities of Light in the higher realms and the wondrous gift that has been made available to humanity. We have observed that…

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How To Recognize When Your Society Is Suffering A Dramatic Decline

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When historians and analysts look at the factors surrounding the collapse of a society, they often focus on the larger events and indicators — the moments of infamy. However, I think it’s important to consider the reality that large scale societal decline is built upon a mixture of elements, prominent as well as small. Collapse is a process, not a singular event. It happens over time, not overnight.

It is a spectrum of moments and terrible choices, set in motion in most cases by people in positions of power, but helped along by useful idiots among the masses. The decline of a nation or civilization requires the complicity of a host of saboteurs.

So, instead of focusing on the top down approach, which is rather common, let’s start from the foundations of our culture to better understand why there is clear and definable destabilization.

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Invitation From Our Higher Self and The Divine As We Awaken

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Invitation From Our Higher Self and The Divine As We Awaken:

To find the light in the darkest corners of the self….to trust that light MUST be in there somewhere even when the absence of it seems so real.

To bring hope to the cries of despair….to trust that the feelings of ‘this pain is never going to end’ can be answered with love.

To hold onto the bigger picture of ongoing Awakening……to understand that the personal Dark Nights and the collective Hell spaces are temporary, necessary phases of the process.

To connect with the Divine holding and purpose in it all…..to surrender control, attachment, and knowing of outcomes with trust that it is ALL coming from love.

To feel with deep compassion all that exists INside of you…..to not cast away or out, or see as ‘evil’ what only needs love and forgiveness to return to…

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JANET EILEEN @ In5D – We are the Earthians – 4-5-18

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by Janet Eileene,   Guest writer, In5D.com

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What an incredible time to be alive! We are on Earth in our human bodies at the perfect time to make history.

Universal truths often are so simple we miss them.  The Earth is shifting dimensions and will do so whether we as humans go with her or not.  The key to understanding what is coming is to know that our magnificent Earth is the one leading and releasing the energy for change.  The Earth is shifting, evolving and vibrating faster and since we reside on the planet, we are too.  The Earth energy is literally from the ground up, base chakra up, pushing our issues to awareness to be released so we too can start shifting, evolving and vibrating in sync with our Mother Earth.

In our limited human minds we have discounted the Earth as the key to the changes…

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