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December Reflection

The ice has yet to form and remain, allowing the cold, still water to show a mirror image of the sky at sunrise. A few migrating birds remain- tundra swans in particular, and the resident eagles are taking advantage of the open water to fish.

Swamp Tours

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A quiet spot to reflect- and watch alligators- at Bird Rookery Swamp Preserve near Naples, Florida.

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I don’t know the name of this delicate white flower. 

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Unknown purple blossom

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We took a photo tour on a swamp buggy at Babcock Ranch Preserve near Punta Gorda, Florida.

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Click to enlarge- there are at least 7 baby gators in this photo.

Hog (1 of 1)

Feral hogs cause tremendous damage to the ecosystem. Sows have a litter of up to 8 babies 3 times a year!

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These little ones might look cute, but they are nasty.

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Wild Osceola turkeys- they don’t seem to be worried about Thanksgiving approaching.

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Is this a hibiscus?

Fire in the Sky

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I’ve Been Waiting 3 Months for a Sunrise of this Magnitude! It looked like flames shooting up from the Wisconsin bluffs.

 

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These shots are in reverse order rather than chronological order.

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It was obvious while still mostly dark that this would be a memorable sunrise.

Utah, Day 8 Part 3

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Part of Moki Dugway Road

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Looking down at the road ahead

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I’m missing water!

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Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth’s surface.

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Waterpocket Fold, on the edge of Capitol Reef National Park.

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What bizarre landscape!

Utah, Day 8 Part 2

Slot Canyon

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We explored this small slot canyon just off the road.

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The canyon walls reach toward each other but do not meet,

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The canyon floor is sandy with a bit of brackish water at the very end of the slot.

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The intrepid explorer

 

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