Saturday, January 31, 2015

Frozen Rocky Hollow Nature Preserve

My granddaughter, Liddy & I explored Rocky Hollow located in Turkey Run State Park.

 The hollow was filled with frozen waterfalls & seeps.
 Here you can see how massive some of the icicles were.

Liddy checking out a frozen seep.

 A different perspective.

The area was dripping with beautiful sights.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Red Squirrel

We have a red squirrel living near the house.
These guys look like "baby squirrels" since they are about half the size of fox squirrels.
They are not as common in our area so this guy is a welcome addition to the wildlife menagerie.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Chocolate Marshmallow Horse

We are having a warm up and the snow is melting.

Tag enjoyed a roll in the mud.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

All Good Things Must End

Our vacation is winding down.
 We enjoyed it all,

The Ocean breezes

 The resident wildlife, both wild 

and not so wild.
(Our early morning alarm & balcony beggar)

 The street performers at Mallory Square, both feline

And human.
We found treasure on the beach

Sampled tasty seafood

And acted like silly tourists

 But now its time to sail away home!
So long Key West!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sea Kayaking

One of the highlights of our visit to Key West was kayaking the Boca Chica Channel
which flowed to the sea.

We left Stock Island and paddled among the tangled branches of the mangroves.

 Our guide netted all kinds of sea creatures, like this horse conch.

 A skinny sea star

A fat sea star

 A slug-like sea hare that was sticky to hold.

And jelly fish.

 There were some interesting sights above the water too,
like this raft of comorants.

It was a fun day on the water.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Our hotel is near the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.
I had to visit this beautiful place.

Butterflies are fluttering everywhere!

Every color and pattern are represented.

And there are pretty birds too!

The birds are from all over the world.

 There is a flowing stream meandering through the exhibit which attracted lots of birds.

 And baby quail shared the walkway with us.

 A pretty masked blue bird

Purple & rusty brown finch


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dry Tortugas National Park

Seventy miles from Key West is one of the least visited national parks, Dry Tortugas.
The park consists of coral reefs, shipwrecks and seven undeveloped islands, including Garden Key, the site of Fort Jefferson.  Construction of Fort Jefferson began in 1846 and was never completely finished.
However it was a Union military prison during the Civil War and then abandoned in the 1880's.  

The only way to get here is by boat or seaplane, so you have the island mostly to yourself.
Explore the fort at your leisure!

The park is an important wildlife refuge for lots of seabirds.
These frigate birds were coasting over the fort.

And these black skimmers were hanging out on the beach with the gulls, pelicans and sandpipers.

This beach near the fort was a mix of coral & brick fragments.

You won't regret a visit to this remote park!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Off to a Warmer Climate

Winter is digging in full force in Indiana, time to "Get outta Dodge!"
We went as far south as we could without leaving the USA, Key West!

Hello sunshine!
And tropical breezes.

Oh and lots of roosters crowing!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015