Gizzy in Heaven!

Gizzy in Heaven!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

August morning walk

I want to share some photos of our early morning walk around the lake. It's been quite pleasant out in the mornings for the past two days and I actually wanted to stop, linger and photograph instead of huffing and puffing towards home. They're all from Lake Irma yesterday.

If you click to enlarge this picture, you might see a Great Blue Heron sitting near the peninsula.

Here it is a little closer (cropped):

Gizzy having a drink and enjoying the view.

That little dot in the preceding photo is an alligator, yes we have a 4' Alligator in the lake and we're all worried about our ducks and the goose. The city said they'll remove him as soon as they find someone who is certified to do that job. Alligators are endangered and it's against the law to kill them here, even though many people do. My friend, Sandy Olsen, who runs the Banks Lake Outpost informed me that any gator 4 feet or more is considered a nuisance animal and will be removed and destroyed or donated to a gator farm for food - yes, gator tails are very popular here. I've never had one and am not the least bit interested.

Here's a bit closer of the little alligator:

I don't want him eating our ducks, yet the thought of him being killed makes me sad.

Look, I photographed the moon in the was about 7:30 am and the moon was still out. You need to look hard - it's very faint, but it's located in the center of the photo where the weeds form a V-shape.

The Great Egret stalking his breakfast. I love to watch him hunt.

Here I played around with the effects a little bit...

I always enjoyed that palm tree - it stands out because it's the only one around the lake of its kind! I think it's a Sago Palm.

Looking up through the fronds of the palm into the blue sky, reminds me of a vacation I once took in Key West, Florida!

This is how to get around the lake Gizzy-style!

The Water Hyacinth are invasive plants to this region, but they sure look and smell nice.

I love the way the morning light casts interesting shadows on things.

An abandoned barn near my apartment (special effects with Picasa.)


Crepe Myrtles in pink and white

(with a honey bee on the blossoms in the center)

I hope you enjoyed the photos and have a wonderful weekend everyone!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Beautiful photos - you have such a pretty location for your walks. Thanks for sharing them with us. We love seeing Gizzy too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

sprinkles said...

It's really beautiful there!

Mindy said...

Always such beautiful pictures!! I can't believe all the beautiful wildlife you have surrounding you! Thanks for always sharing. =)

Chatty Crone said...

Doris I so enjoyed your walk - you seem to me to have one of the most beautiful areas for your home - I love it. You have all sorts of vegetation and critters!

You take great pics.

Gizzy is so lucky to have you!

Ginny said...

Great photos! I saw the moon right away. I do love the Spanish moss! How can they kill the alligator if it's protected?

Ima Weed said...

A four foot alligator, oh my! They can run pretty fast on land too, so don't get very close. You do have a beautiful area in which to walk. Great photos, especially the one of the moon. Hug for Gizzy.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Doris,

Wow, you live in paradise for being able to have such lovely morning walks!!! Gizzy is a spoiled stinker for having such a view without much effort on his behalf.
Thanks for the lovely photos, quite a treat and it shows that you truly love nature in all its facets.

Love to you,


tierische-strickoper said...

Hallo Doris
Sehr schöne Bilder und Gizzy ist so süss, ein richtiges Teddybärchen!
Liebe Grüsse maggy

Marion said...

Liebe Doris,

ich kann immer kaum glauben wie schön es bei Dir ist...das ist eine absolut traumhafte Natur die Du und Gizzy genießen dürft.
Deine Bilder sind so unglaublich...ich freue mich jedesmal wenn es wieder welche von Dir gibt.
Ich hoffe Du und Gizzy seid beide okay und es geht euch wieder gut!

Habt ein wunderschönes Wochenende ihr beiden und seid ganz, ganz lieb von mir gegrüßt und für Gizzy natürlich einen extra dicken Schmatzer!


AkasaWolfSong said...

Just gorgeous Doris and Gizz!

I detest alligators...ewwww! Hopefully he won't pounce up and eat the egret or the heron...

Wishing you a lovely weekend my Sister/Friend!

Robin said...

Ah, I needed a walk by the lake, the Weeping Willows, the flowers, the GATOR!!!!How wonderful our land is - in all states!
I fervently hope that little Gator is rescued and not destroyed....
mind you, I don't want to see him eat Ducks...but, he is gorgeous in his own way...and needs to be saved.

You do live in a GORGEOUS area.....(but I understand your wanting to move a bit North)....and.....GIZZY!
Really, how can he get cuter every day? But....he does....adorable....I can see the two of you are quite a pair....


♥ Robin ♥

p.s. I also loved your previous post on Deutschland...and it's history. Do you know that the Greek Flag is the same colours as the Bavarian Flag? Why? Because Konig Ludwig (der Erste)...put his brother on the Greek throne - and incorporated the Bavarian Colours!

Many hugs to you and Gizzy,


♥ Robin ♥

the booker man said...

hihi miss doris 'n gizzy!

don't worry, me 'n asa are still here...we've just been way too busy to do blog stuff lately. thankies for checkin' on us!!
your pics around lake irma are always so pretty! that is one awesome place to go walkies for sure. i'm glad that the weather has been more pleasant like for you! oh, and you have a gator in your lake?! eeeeek! i'm kinda scared of gators, but i sure hope that the city peeps can find him a new home instead of havin' to put him down.

the booker man

Ann said...

lovely photos, looks like you and Gizzy had a glorious morning. Hope that alligator doesn't get the ducks.

Krafty Max Originals said...

You are always taking such wonderful photos! I just love to look around and see how wonderful your world it! We miss you! The kids and I will have to try to come up soon - I can't believe it has been almost a ~KM

Susan said...


Your pictures are just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

What kind of camera do you use?

~ Susan