Eliza: Election Day 2020, Morning Walk with an Osprey

Osprey, Princess Place Preserve, Flagler County, Florida

Eliza: Election Day 2020 Morning Walk

Let go of your irrational fear. Learn how to work with this and challenge yourself to use this to your advantage.

~ Osprey ~

On my morning walk, I encountered an osprey.  That, in and of itself, is not a particularly unusual occurrence.  There is plenty of open water in Florida given all the ponds, lakes, marshes, and rivers present in the flat sandy regions of the state.  However, this osprey drew my attention to it as it perched briefly on a palm tree and then it flew off and made a large circle around where I was standing observing its beautiful gliding and powerful flight.  So, being cognizant that our animal friends often convey subtle messages to us through their appearance in dreams or real life, I felt compelled to look up the ‘meaning’ of the Osprey totem.

I have noted many ospreys while living in Florida and often see or hear them nearby.  They have a particular call that once known it is not necessary to actually see the bird; you just know they are close.  There has been a mating pair nesting in the vicinity of our household for at least three seasons and probably long before I arrived on the scene.  Osprey mate for life like eagles.

So, what does our Osprey have to convey to us today?

Message:

In this case, Osprey symbolism is asking you if you are feeling a little out of your comfort zone. In other words, the changes in you and around you have been a bit overwhelming of late. Thus, Osprey meaning is here to let you know that you can put your head under the emotional water and still survive. This spirit animal dictates that you must stop worrying about what other people think. As the Lizard, it’s only your ego that says they will notice anything in the first place.

Alternatively, Osprey symbolism may be reminding you to appreciate other people’s boundaries. Also, in doing so, make sure your boundaries are clear enough so that others can respect you. This bird also connects you to all aspects of Solar Worship. Therefore, its appearance in your life emphasizes the value and healing power of the sun.

The Osprey as a Totem, Spirit Animal:

People with the Osprey totem know how to go after what they want. They also know how to hold onto it once they get it. Thus, they can dive deeply into the pools of creativity and draw forth what they need to move forward. Like the Falcon, folks with this spirit animal have impeccable timing in all matters. They also know exactly when to grab at opportunities. These folks tend to treat others with a great deal of respect, regardless of how they feel about them. They always maintain their integrity even in a clash of wills with another.

Additional Associations with the Osprey: Authority, comfort zones, communication, connection, emotions, environmental awareness, freedom, honing the senses, keen Sight, lightning, Messenger, Moon, Power, Precise Timing, etc.

Cited from: https://www.spirit-animals.com/osprey-symbolism/

Having seen so many ospreys since arriving in Florida, I guess I could claim them as a totem… although I see a lot of birds here.  Still, when I hear one calling, I immediately become attentive, searching the sky and nearby trees to see where the osprey is located.  It calls to me like the Messenger it is.

It is Election Day in the United States, the date of one of the most important elections ever to have taken place in North America, bar none.  It is the day when the People have an opportunity to make their voices heard, to take back their Republic, to reinstitute (perhaps for the first time) true law and order, sovereignty for country and citizen alike, and to move the world towards the higher frequency golden age that has been long foretold by mystics and Seers.

Will everyone agree with the outcome of the Election?  Of course not, but it truly a fight between two opposing philosophies, one that would have the people under the thrall of an over-bearing government (1984) and the other, where the people would be in charge of their destiny, the country would be cut free of alien influences through the agents of the globalist interests of Europe and China (SERCO, The Pilgrim Society, agents for the Rockefellers and Rothschilds, et al).

The election outcome will, potentially, be hotly contested by the Marxists, who have, in the last four years have been allowed to run slip-shod over local and state governments, seemingly without any control being put forth to restore law and order.  Why?  This was intentional, as not everyone is clued into what the ultimate goal of the Marxist forces has been, through their penetration and infiltration into every level of society and institution, most especially mainstream media, social media, and education.  The former Democrat party has been revealed to be the new hold-out of extreme Left of Left Marxists and anarchists who want to bring the government down to its knees, strip the cities and communities of their police forces, rip up the Constitution, and remove all right to property from the people. 

Some idealists who believe in the basic ‘gentler’ ideals of communism (free this, free that) do not realize that all rights will be stripped from everyone who is not on the top of the pile… which will be the blood-line European globalists (the Venetians, the Cabal, the Illuminati, made up of bloodlines higher yet than their minions, the Rothschilds).  Those who do not bend the knee to these earthly powers, will have a choice, obey, submit, or die.  Grim choice, eh?

The American people and, indeed, anybody who gets their ‘news’ from major media sources is currently being heavily indoctrinated by globalist propaganda, which doesn’t in anyway resemble unbiased ‘news’.  It hasn’t for years, probably since the first televisions were produced during the 1950’s.  The ‘television’ tells ‘a vision’ or gives a narrative that people are just supposed to accept, no matter how outrageous.

Given that the last four or five years, the American citizenry has been deluged by a constant stream of hate and venom directed towards one solitary man, it begs common sense to declare that this is a normal occurrence even during a hotly contested presidential race.

This author was a lifetime liberal, intentionally voting for Democrats, at least until the advent of the presidential race where Obama ran.  I wondered, “Just where did he come from?” Good question… and one that all Americans should have been asking themselves.  When I witnessed him signing away the rights of American citizens through his executive orders, I kept questioning “What is going on?  Why is this man being so lauded when he does such hateful things against his own people?” It was then, I began to realize there was a dark game afoot to take down our nation.  That suspicion only grew stronger when I witnessed the massive attack against the candidate Trump. 

No, I did not vote for the man, then.  I refrained and chose a more neutral candidate, who ended up losing and thus, throwing away my vote.  And then, I started doing my own investigations and learned about the Alliance, ‘Q’, and a great deal of background information on what was really going on in this world… and had been for centuries.

So, now we have arrived at a turning point in world history where the people are waking up, driven to this point by the massive catalysts of the globalist plans aligned against their freedoms and against their very right to life.  Do we want to wear masks for the rest of our lives?  Do we want to forego natural human behavior to gather with our friends and families out of fear of being killed by a mere virus?  Our bodies are full of thousands, if not millions of viruses, which are not a living organism, merely bits of inert matter that, when within a living host has the ability to replicate itself.  Bacteria are also found in our bodies.  These tiny organisms play an important part in the digestion of our food.  If our bodies are in a slightly alkaline state and free of stress, our natural immune system will be strong enough to prevent the viruses and bacteria that live in and with us, from becoming opportunistic and taking over the body. Vaccines are not needed.

Questions arise when national health ‘authorities’ start spouting outright lies to the public.  What is going on?  Why are people reacting to the fear narratives like a bunch of lemmings being driven to the edge of a cliff due to overpopulation?  Mind-programming through media sources… which wasn’t available until even the poor could be connected through their cellphones and televisions, and thus, exposed to massive mind-programming world-wide.  And some people want to allow government or private agencies permission to chip them with Artificial Intelligence, AI?  No, thank you, that is crossing the line, from being a human being to something else.

Okay… you don’t have to agree with anything I have written above, but if you are an American and are not voting, you have missed a rare opportunity to make a statement that will impact your future and the future of the planet.

This is and has been, since the drowning of Atlantis and before, a fight between an alien force that wants to become gods in our minds and lives.  Humanity, in its drop in frequency had turned away from the Divine blueprint of what was meant for the planet and its inhabitants.  We are now, in the process, of regaining lost ground, slowly rising in frequency due to the presence among us of volunteers from other dimensions and star systems.  All of us presently wear human ‘suits’, but not all of our souls or soul fragments are truly Earth human.  Still, those who have volunteered to lend their higher light frequency as yeast to raise up the masses, are here out of love, compassion, and empathy. 

Many of the cultures who watch us struggle, rise, fall, pick ourselves up again, and rise, are ones who have already undergone their own struggles, fights, and trials by fire, water, and air, in the past.  They know and understand the courage it takes to buck the seemingly powerful forces of the globalists who have dominated, bullied, blackmailed, and corrupted those in power for centuries… We have a cheering section of Beings who are sending us Light and Love on a daily basis.  Will we let our Friends in high places be let down if we succumb once again to the lies and the threats?  Or are we willing to take back our personal and collective sovereignty and finally become full members of the Galaxy?

Courage, my friends.  You will begin to see in the days ahead the revelation of much darkness that has been long hidden by complicit local and world leaders, by media sources, by institutions, global companies, and ancient corrupt families.  And you will see revelations of beauty, hope, compassion, abundance for the greatest good of all finally being shown to everyone, the true Heart of Humanity revealed before God and His Angels.

I AM just one observer, witness, and participant in all that is going on.  Each of my readers, new and old, are others.  This is the beginning of a New Age, a Golden Age, the Satya Yuga of the ancient Vedic philosophers, who long ago arrived here from the ancient star culture of the Sirian Star Nation. 

Live free.  Be free.  Be Sovereign.  Know that you are Safe, no matter your present circumstances or state of being.  You are loved beyond your current human understanding, but in time, you will know this with every fibre of your body.

I send my blessings and love to All who are upon this planet, animal, rocks, plants, fish of the sea, and fowl of the air, and mostly, the humans in their extraordinary diversity. Whether or not you appreciate the fact, you are all truly blessed to be here NOW.

I AM Eliza

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Eliza: November Full Moon & a Visitor

Princess Place Preserve, Flagler County Park

Eliza:  November Full Moon & a Visitor

This morning I started my morning walk at 6:17 a.m. or about ten minutes before the ‘crack of dawn’, just after the main street lamps went off and the Eastern skies were beginning to glow with the approach of the sun… or the planet making its usual rotation.

There were fewer clouds in the sky, which was turning from an inky gray-blue, to a faded blue and then finally, to a robin’s egg blue, splashed with golden rimmed clouds.  The full Blue Moon of Halloween was now a silvery disk in the pale sky to the west.

Every morning, I encounter all kinds of little animals.  This morning, I encountered a small garter snake, a wiggly little creature who soon retreated out of my way.  As usual, I was curious as to the message the snake (first one I’ve seen in this neighborhood) had to share.  Of course, there are many interpretations of snakes, but I thought the following was interesting:

“Snake symbolism can mean many different things. These differences are especially true when you consider that it is indigenous to most parts of the world. You can find its mythology in many different cultures. Therefore, in some places, the snake meaning can be entirely dissimilar than that of its neighbors. We have touched on several distinct species with their local interpretations. On this page, we divide snake totem into categories of “common,” “constrictors,” and “venomous.”

Snake Symbolism and Meanings

“Traditionally, snake dream interpretation is varied, so you will have to consider other aspects of the dream. It also explores the colors and actions of this intriguing creature. In this case, snake symbolism is letting you know that transformation is now in progress. In other words, you will be shedding old skin and emotions and transforming them into something bigger and better. Thus, similar to the growth and transformation of the angelfish, snake meaning is letting you know that change is in the wind. It also reminds you that you are at the center of it all as the catalyst. Therefore, to smoothen the process, make sure that your intentions are clear. You must also have a clear sense of the direction that you wish to strikeout. Moreover, the snake’s meaning is letting you know that these changes are safe. There is no need to fear them.

“In some cases, snake symbolism is also reminding you to stay connected to yourself. There is information that you require. Observe both the tiny vibrations in the earth and the warmth and smells of the air and sky. Furthermore, when we learn to connect with our surroundings, we can continue to grow. Thus, we can discard the trappings of the past.”

GARTER SNAKE SYMBOLISM

“When this type of snake meaning shows up, it is an indication that you are now entering a highly creative period in your life. Thus, you should be initiating and acting on as many ideas as possible. Do this even if it seems that these actions are premature. The percentages are with you at this time.”

P.S. Snakes also represent Kundalini, sexuality, sensuality, Earth energies

Depending on the timing of certain upcoming events in my life, change is certainly a possibility, a high probability I would add.  Which is fine with me.  I am ready to move on, adjust, and see what’s new on the horizon, whether in meeting new people, exploring new regions, or diving head-long into creative endeavors.

I encourage all of you to discover what truly resonates with your inner soul and make the needed changes in your world, whether releasing old fears and outdated beliefs, relationships that no longer support your growth, moving home/job/location… depending, of course, on your financial means.

I continue to write my books and travel through inner space via meditation and contemplation. 

Discover the peace that exists eternally within your own Heart space.  It’s there for you to enter, free of charge!

I AM Eliza, sending love and encouragement to all of the brave hearts who are here on the Earth plane today experiencing the major shift of consciousness we are transitioning through today and into the next several decades – one day at a time, one step at a time, individually and as a collective.

Much love,

Eliza

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Eliza: Under the Deer Moon

Eliza:  Under the Deer Moon

I’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn and taking walks before the temperature starts climbing up.  Still, this morning it was already 81 degrees F (27.2 C) at 7 a.m. EDT.  During the course of the hot and humid summer (very hot/very humid) I have begun to get a bit more accustomed to the weather, although it certainly isn’t my fav while I am striving to get some exercise.

This morning, the light and cloud display was dazzling, from pinks, corals, gold, silver, gray-blue, violet, robin’s egg blue, gray… what an amazing experience, topped off with the sight of a waning moon partially hidden behind a filter of high clouds.  Then, the call of mockingbirds, the guttural call of geese, the high almost frantic flight of ibises, the rapid flap of ducks, the smooth soaring flight of an osprey on morning patrol… all seen and observed during the course of a simple walk through the neighborhood along a canal. 

The morning walks have become a habit, a ‘good’ one according to physicians who encourage their older patients to get out and do some sort of physical activity at least three times per week.  I’m out seven days a week, Florida weather allowing. 

It’s still hurricane season (until November 30th) and there is a Tropical Storm, Gamma, churning around off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  This whirligig motion draws the winds and other moisture across the Florida Peninsula, so we have been enduring on and off showers and sometimes, drenching thunderstorms.  Apparently, it rained quite a lot last night as the storm left puddles and crunchy leaves on the ground and pathways.  By this morning, the firehose of moisture had shifted northward towards Orlando, Daytona, and Jacksonville, leaving us with a warm, fresh, and calm morning.

So, how are those inner storms faring these days, folks?  Are we bogged down with anxiety, fixed in place like a rabbit in the headlights of a vehicle?  Or are we dealing with it, releasing the feeling, letting go of the anger and frustration, recognizing the emotion or feeling for what it is, and then letting go?  Well, each one of us has free will to make a choice on how to deal with such things as we slog through the heaviest energies this current month. 

There is a pitched battle or divine chess game being played out.  Folks like Magenta Pixie, Jen McCarthy, Charlie Freak, Charlie Ward, Lorie Ladd, Laura Walker… etc., have informed us, in part to what is going on.  Is the battle won, yet?  In prosaic terms, no; we still have to move through and experience the energetics as they assault our senses, irritate our nerves, penetrate our thoughts.  Do we bow to the darkness and its various fear narratives?  Do we hold a divine vision of the New Earth already emerging, draw the frequency of the human collective up towards 5D?  It is a choice all of us face daily, hour by hour, minute by minute.

Self-mastery – what is that and how do we arrive there?  For one thing, it isn’t a ‘set’ destination but a journey.  We don’t reach a place and then plop down and we’re done.  Nope, reaching self-mastery is a nuanced experience, becoming aware of our own thoughts, discerning whether or not these thoughts are truly ‘ours’ or belonging to some program deriving to what we were taught as children or adults to believe in.  Do these thoughts or beliefs even fit us anymore or are they like clothes that we have outgrown, binding, no longer allowing for freedom of movement or freedom of choice.  Do we need to abide by the expectations of others, whether family, friends, or institutions?  It is a game demanding balance, decision, observation, and most especially, neutrality.

Learning to listen within to the still small voice inside your head that sounds like your own voice… because it is your own voice… is an important step on the path or journey to self-mastery.  In the beginning of this journey, you may appear to be selfish to others.  You may require more time to savor and listen to the inner being rather than the chatter of the multitude, whether or not it is one other person or a crowd.  You may, for a time, require more solitude, time to unwind, to allow yourself to return to center, to a neutral setting, from hence you can then perform various explorations, whether on inner planes by ‘conversing’ with your guides, your Higher Self, or perhaps just listening to the silence or the sigh of the wind through the trees outside.

For some of you are just embarking upon this journey, it will seem scary, positively freaky to hear an inner conversation, sometimes even a joke or giggle communicated to your inner ears. 

My own telepathic channels opened up in 1994, but I put up a big fight, resisting the call until 2012.  When I let go, the messages came, just like I had turned on a tap, the words flowed.  Of course, the Beings speaking through me were communicating telepathically and I was interpreting the messages through my own human filters.  Being an introvert, it was challenging for me to allow myself to go somewhat ‘public’ by publishing these messages on this blog and on Facebook.  Since 2017, when a portion of Self returned Home, the messages have diminished in scale; the mission had been completed.  Now, I am simply writing what comes through from various levels on a stream of consciousness, just allowing the words to come forth into my consciousness as my fingers tap on the keyboard.

Being more of an observer than a participant in the current Ascension process of the planet, I guess I am more here to lend some of my Light frequency to the equation, as are many lightworkers and star seeds.  Just dropping into this lower frequency and experiencing the excruciatingly low frequencies is a challenge and one I took a few years to which accustom myself.  Now, instead of feeling the frustration, tremendous anger, and resentment I first wrestled with, much to the shock of a few persons who observed me at close quarters, I have finally returned to a more neutral position, able to observe without judgment… at least for the most part. 

When triggered, I am now taking responsibility for dealing with the emotion or feelings, using the Violet Flame to dissolve the misaligned energies and to transmute, then transform them back to neutral energy.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a master yogi to perform these basic tasks of self-mastery, but it does demand your attention and dedication.  It is a daily task, like brushing your teeth, tidying up your room, taking care of your health.

Since the energetics are so intense, I have been compelled to rest more often.  If your schedule allows, find some me time, whether you take a walk, work in the garden, play with your pets, take a nap or a hot Epsom salt bath… give yourself some time to decompress.  It is extremely important self-care right now in order to make it through the next couple of months, especially the time leading up to the U.S. election. 

The outcome of the election will determine the timeline that the world follows, so a lot is riding on citizens actually going out to vote and supporting their chosen candidate. That is your choice.  I am not going to tell you what to think or do.  Choose for yourself.

Okay, this is getting long.  Just some more words for some to read or ignore.  Each of us have been granted free will, freedom of choice.  For others to attempt to interfere with that choice is a violation against Cosmic Law, even if they feel they have the right to determine the outcome or your participation in their plans. 

It comes down to a simple equation:  If it resonates, continue; if it doesn’t, reconsider; if it still doesn’t resonate, it’s time for a change.  Move on.  I did and feel much better for having done so.  How I feel after making a difficult decision is how I know I did the right thing for me.  It may seem selfish, but that is the short-term perspective from a limited point-of-view outside of my Self.

Being highly empathetic I do feel what others are feeling, but it doesn’t mean I will sit around and attempt to appease someone who is uncomfortable with the direction in which I am heading.  That’s their business, not mine. 

Someday, perhaps the paths will meet, recombine, but that time is not NOW and so I must pay attention to the inner compass and chose my own path for now, the Road less traveled.

I send my love and blessings to all,

Eliza

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Eliza: Finding My Voice, My Path

Great White Egret, Photographer: Eliza Ayres

Eliza:  Morning Observations

Finding My Voice, My Path

This morning on my walk I was first greeted by the beautiful song of a mockingbird perched on top of a nearby mailbox, and then, just seconds later, a Great Blue Heron flew right in front of me and then perched on the roof of a nearby house.  Realizing that messages often come through the animals that appear in my world, I looked up the messages these birds were presenting to me:

Mockingbird Symbolism:

Are you struggling with self-expression? Do you want to connect with your muse? Mockingbird, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can Help! Mockingbird teaches you how to discover your voice, all while showing you what inspires and ignites your soul. Delve deeply in Mockingbird symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can inspire, motivate, and animate you!

There are specific goals for which you can call upon Mockingbird Power Animal for aid. One such instance is when you are trying to find or speak your truth. Mockingbird supports you in discovering your inner voice and personal song. Likewise, as an Animal Ally, the Bird helps you in understanding the music of your soul. In finding your voice and identifying what brings your soul bliss, Mockingbird also helps you develop self-confidence and greater strength when it comes time to defend your convictions.

Part of Mockingbird’s energetic is the ability to discover the truth. From uncovering the true intentions of others to inspiring honesty in others, invoke Mockingbird as a Power Animal to support you whenever what is true falls into question.

Source: https://www.whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/mockingbird-symbolism-meaning/#Native-American-Mockingbird

Blue Heron Symbolism:

According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. They represent an ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that an individual doesn’t need great massive pillars to remain stable, but must be able to stand on one’s own.

Blue Herons have the innate wisdom of being able to maneuver through life and co-create their own circumstances. Blue Herons reflect a need for those with this totem to follow their own unique wisdom and path of self-determination. These individuals know what is best for themselves and need to follow their hearts rather than the promptings of others. Those with the Medicine of the Great Blue Heron may sit until the rest of us lose patience. And, when they follow the promptings of the heart, they are one of the most magnificent when they choose to soar.

This is the message that Blue Heron brings.

Source: http://www.blueheronenv.com/meaning.htm

I have been struggling in the past few days, even for months, seeking to discover my way, my path.  Should I strike out on my own?  Is it not a scary thing to do since I haven’t been here very long? 

During the long drawn-out Covid thing, I finally began to realize what I should do, what I had to do for myself. 

I have a strong will, an independent nature with a desire to explore this new world.  I love Nature.  I respond to beauty.  I enjoy simplicity and clean lines.  I enjoy having the opportunity to be here… although I must admit I didn’t at first.

For I am an adult walk-in, a higher frequency being (6D/7D) who dropped into an older earth human vehicle.  It is one thing to be born here; it is another thing to suddenly be here, in this heavy low frequency energy and not be confused, angry, resentful… feeling a whole range of incredibly powerful emotions not experienced by “me” before.  To be honest, it has been a little daunting.  Lately, however, I have begun to understand what I can do, what I want to do, and how I want to do it.  I knew I might have to sacrifice a few things, namely some relationships, in order to break free of what I felt were constraints on my freedom.  Whether that perspective is understood by others is moot; it reflects what I feel and is not meant to be directed as a criticism of anyone else’s point of view or experience.  It is simply mine.

I am still struggling somewhat to discover my voice and my song, but now that I have taken the first shaky initial steps, I know that by listening to my inner guidance, I will discover a whole new world of possibilities, filled with the simple joys and wonders of physical existence on this beautiful planet.  The birds told me so and I see them and thank them for their sweet messages.

Blessings and love to all

Eliza  

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Nature Walks – Green Cay & Wakodahatchee Wetlands – March 2019

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Nature Walks – Green Cay & Wakodahatchee Wetlands

It’s March and it’s nesting time for many of the wading birds in SE Florida.  Above is a shot of a posturing male Great Egret in breeding plumage and colors.

It was a cool day; most people had sweaters or even coats on, except me.  I relish the coolness… upper 50’s, I think.  And the sunshine was brilliant making shooting challenging in the low angled sun.

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Male Angina drying off after a swim.

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Double-crested Cormorant. Notice the difference between the bills of the two swimming birds, Angina (above) and the Cormorant.

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The shy Limpkin

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Wood Stork

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Black-bottomed Whistling Duck

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Green Heron in silhouette.

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White Ibis

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Balancing Act

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Alligator sighting

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Female Cormorant

These photos are from two separate outings.  I did finally see an alligator at Wakodahatchee this morning, cruising from under the boardwalk.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

“Sunny”

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Nature Walks – Winter in Green Cay, Palm Beach County, Florida

 

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Nature Walks – Winter in Green Cay Wetlands Preserve

A northerner would be hard-pressed to recognize the season as being “winter” today — but, hey, that’s Florida, especially SE Florida where the temperatures are crawling back up into the low 80’s during the day, again.  And the humidity seems to be increasing as well if my light dewy sweat was any indication… It is “walk slow” and drink lots of fluids time.

There were lots of birds today, mostly egrets, ibis, cormorants, and Anhingas… and other little flitting varieties which I never seem to be able to catch in a photograph.  And, oh yes, the Painted Buntings have made their wintertime appearance.  The males are sure colorful little birds!

And here are some photos… yes, there was an alligator sighting today…

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Painted Bunting pair.

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Female Anhinga

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Snowy Egret

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Snoozing Female Alligator

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Teals

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Wood Stork

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Glossy Ibis

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A quartet of Turtles

That’s it for today.  Have a pleasant week, everyone!

Be well.

“Sunny” VaCoupe

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Nature Walks: Winter Wako Walk

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Wood Stork Adult

Nature Walks: Winter Wako Walk

It is winter here in Florida or what passes for winter hereabouts… the days are in the ’70s and nights are in the high ’50s to low ’60s, in other words, perfect for walking.

I made it to two of my favorite nearby wetlands, Wakodahatchee and Green Cay, saw lots of birds and two alligators — a good day.  The skies were blue, the air crisp, and I was comfortable in my short sleeves, while other people were all bundled up.  Guess my blood hasn’t thinned out enough yet.  I feel much better in this cooler weather.

The mating/nesting season is getting underway.  It was amusing to see Wood Storks quarreling with Anginas or Herons to see who would get the perfect nest site.  The pond apple tree condos are very popular this year!

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Female alligator cruising.

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Blue Heron feeding young.

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Juvenile Gold Crowned Night Heron

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Female Angina

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Beauty Berry

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American Bittern

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Marsh Hen

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Great Egret showing breeding feathers.

Well, hope you liked the quick tour of a couple of SE Florida wetlands.  There is lots to see and most of the walking is done on boardwalks.

Remember, there is a lunar eclipse this weekend with a Super Moon.  And enjoy your weekend!

“Sunny” VaCoupe

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Nature Walks – Winter Marsh, 12.27.18

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Nature Walks – Winter Marsh, 12.27.18

For the first time in a couple of months, I made my way to Green Cay Wetlands to view the birds and gators.  I was lucky to see two gators (love is in the air!) and several birds.  The birds were very busy doing bird things, looking for their next meal in the muddy marsh so weren’t easy to view or photograph today.

The snowbirds and vacationers are present, as well, with more cars in the parking lot, which is huge.  Occasionally the boardwalk was like playing bumper cars, but it wasn’t too bad today.

The title photo was taken at sunrise earlier in December, pointing east.   Here are some photos from the marshes today:

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Grooming Teal. The “green” is actually a beautiful teal color; just doesn’t translate onto film.

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Gator couple. The one in the upper left is the male. That’s one BIG boy!

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I didn’t have much luck getting any photos of ibises, herons, or egrets today although I saw some.  They were either too far away or too camouflaged by marsh plants to see clearly in a photo.  Better luck next time, I hope.

Happy New Year’s to all my readers!

“Sunny” VaCoupe (aka Eliza Ayres, human pen name)

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Nature Walk – Green Cay Summer Quiet

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Nature Walk – Green Cay Summer Quiet

It’s August, it’s hot, but I still managed to get out.  The humidity has gone down a tad, so I wasn’t dripping too much after walking the two miles or so of this loop.  There wasn’t a huge variety of birds now, just the typical herons, egrets, ibis, anginas, and other wading birds.  As I was walking into a hammock, I saw a flash of blue from a Blue Jay, but it was moving too fast to get a photo.  The nesting season is long over and the heat keeps the birds from getting too overactive.  Here are some photos:

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Green Heron

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Purple Gallinule

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Glossy Ibis

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Tri-colored Heron

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Black-bottom Whistling Ducks

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Double-crested Cormorant

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Lounging Turtle

Well, that’s it for now, folks.  As you can see, my health has improved.  I’ve been walking and swimming… especially enjoying the swimming as I can keep outside AND keep cool.

Enjoy the rest of your summer season (or winter for the Southern latitudes!).

Hugs,

“Sunny” VaCoupe (aka Eliza Ayres)

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Nature Walks – Gone to the Birds…

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Nature Walks – Gone to the Birds:  A Walk at Green Cay Wetlands

I’ll let the photos do the talking:

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Double-crested Cormorant

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Fuzzy Marsh Hen chick.

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Firecracker Bush. Butterflies love this flower!

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The Marsh Hibiscus. The showiest flower in the marsh!

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Female Yellow-crowned Night Heron. The male was hiding in the cypress branches. These are shy birds.

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Sunning turtle.

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Happy Solstice to everyone!

This “summer” is going to be a hot one.  Already the temperatures are in the 90’s F.  The highest temperature last summer was typically 88F.  I was dripping by the time I got back to the car!

Happy weekend!

Eliza Ayres

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