Saturday, November 23, 2019

Best nature park in Florida - the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida

Thanks to our siblings who recently moved to South Florida, we've had the opportunity to visit and discover new places of interests. One favorite is the Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. With over 178 different species of birds, the wildlife refuge is a photographer's paradise. It is also a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely walk. There is a three-quarter mile long boardwalk with gazebos and benches along the way so you can stop and observe the birds in their natural habitats. The park is so popular Money Magazine named Wakodahatchee Wetlands the best park in Florida last year.
Snowy egret

Great egret
Wood storks

See you later, alligator!
Admission to Wakodatchee is free and the park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Enjoy and don't forget to bring your binoculars!

Location: 13026 Jog Road in Delray Beach
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fall colors in Southeast Tennessee

Fall is becoming a fleeting season. In early October we experienced a heat wave, and now we're blasted with an artic cold, with temperatures dropping almost 40 degrees from Monday to Tuesday! This morning we awoke to 17 degrees F.

A mere two weeks ago, we were looking for fall colors. We found the best vibrant yellows to be right here in our backyard! An uncle had given us a Chrysanthemum plant he propagated in early summer. It grew and grew, thanks to the composting soil nutrients. Six weeks ago we were excited to see some buds, but they wouldn't bloom for the longest time. We waited and waited, and then poof, they burst into big, incredibly beautiful flowers. The colors are stunning!
downtown Chattanooga on Nov 3rd
Coolidge Park
Fall colors round the Arts bluff
Taking the local route 41 back to the marina Monday, we stopped at Reflection Riding to check out the fall colors. We found some families with kids picnicking and two painters focusing on their art.
It was in the 60s the day before the artic cold swept over Southeast TN
Lake Nickajack at Sullivan's Boat Ramp
fall colors along Rt 41
Our location has been referred to as the "twilight zone." When it's cold, it's colder than Boston. When it's hot, it's hotter than Florida (see temps of various cities yesterday).
still looking good after temps of 19 degrees last night (Nov 12)
This is our first time planting chrysanthemums. The showy flowers is testament to the first mate having a green thumb.  Will it survive the cold? We shall see.

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