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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Down here anyway.
Me | April 01, 2013 | swampsniper

Posted on 04/01/2013 10:23:29 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

Doctors appointment today so I made it into town. The tide was low so most of the waders were on the saltwater flats. This is the big freshwater pond near Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. These Mallard ducklets are pretty independent, momma was around but not really herding them. The White Ibis is one of last year's chicks, the white plumage is coming on strong. The Double Crested Cormorants feed in this pond but they were napping this morning.

The flower is a Tradescantia, or Spiderwort.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bird; florida; flower; photo

1 posted on 04/01/2013 10:23:29 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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2 posted on 04/01/2013 10:24:27 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

We won’t be seeing the Spiderwort till June in a good year. At the rate we’re going now its gonna be august.


3 posted on 04/01/2013 10:26:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful....I need to get on the bike and ride west about 10 miles. (Loxahatchee Everglades Reserve)


4 posted on 04/01/2013 10:29:13 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Always love your photos....just beautiful photography!


5 posted on 04/01/2013 10:31:35 AM PDT by caww
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To: left that other site

Not here in the mountains of WV, it is currently snowing.


6 posted on 04/01/2013 10:33:01 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: left that other site

I love that place, been way too long since I’ve been there.


7 posted on 04/01/2013 10:36:21 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

I have spent many happy hours riding my Harley through those very mountains.

But not when it was snowing.


8 posted on 04/01/2013 10:37:00 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Expecting snow and freezing rain overnight here in Colorado


9 posted on 04/01/2013 10:38:54 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

Maybe it will freeze Hickeylooper.


10 posted on 04/01/2013 10:39:46 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping. Those are gorgeous photos, especially the cormorants.


11 posted on 04/01/2013 10:40:27 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Lots of Photo-ops!
The road to the entrance of the reservation is quite long and straight...great for biking until they put the speedbumps in.


12 posted on 04/01/2013 10:43:01 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

love your photos.


13 posted on 04/01/2013 10:54:59 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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14 posted on 04/01/2013 10:58:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the ping SWAMPSNIPER. Great pictures. Enjoyed them as usual.


15 posted on 04/01/2013 11:00:53 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful pictures! It’s quite mild here in Ocala today. Time to crank up the lawn mower (sigh).


16 posted on 04/01/2013 11:01:11 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great photos as always, S!


17 posted on 04/01/2013 11:13:57 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Lovely! SO nice to have you back behind your lens!

Those baby pond paddlers are pretty big!


18 posted on 04/01/2013 11:46:10 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

AHHH Good ole late March/early April — the time when EVERY car in Alabama is Yellow. Along with roofs, lawns, yard furniture, sidewalks, driveways, etc. etc. etc.


19 posted on 04/01/2013 12:17:25 PM PDT by commish (The takers rule. Time to implement the triple G plan - GOD, GUNS, & GOLD)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You take great pictures!


20 posted on 04/01/2013 12:22:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks, but it’s about all I can do these days, everything else has stopped working.


21 posted on 04/01/2013 12:57:00 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful pics. Keep’m coming.

I went to the nearby lake today to do some walking. My 2 boys are coming into town in a few weeks and we’re gonna do some major birding. Need to get in shape :)

Anyway the Canada geese, among other birds, are nesting.
Watched one pair of geese run off 2 Great Blue Herons that were getting ready to pitch in to that end of the lake. They were out for blood, wow!

Intentionally left the camera home so I’d get a walking workout.


22 posted on 04/01/2013 1:08:05 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

A treat for the eyes..lovely, SWAMPSNIPER.


23 posted on 04/01/2013 1:37:11 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: commish

AHHH CHOOO!


24 posted on 04/01/2013 1:42:24 PM PDT by wita
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Good stuff, Swampster! :)

Spring is on its way here in eastern Tennessee also. Mowed the lawn for the second time today. Trees are budding, and a few leaves are out on lower shrubs. The Bradford Pear trees are all blooming too!


25 posted on 04/01/2013 2:04:49 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful pictures, Swampy! I love the spiderwort... the name doesn’t fit the beauty of the flower IMHO. Thank you for this wonderful gift!


26 posted on 04/01/2013 2:42:58 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I hate you.

:-)


27 posted on 04/01/2013 2:47:21 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I remember once when I was watching some ducklings and goslings on a water way in Lewiston Idaho. The ducklings gave meaning to having your ducks in a row. They were paddling along in a row. If one deviated in the least, mama duck was there to peck them soundly on the head,

Watching the goslings, they could wander around, stop to swim in circles, and in general paddle around rather freely. The mother goose and ??? there were two geese more or less with the goslings, anyway the mom would look around or no, but keep going. The gosling would come back to the group before long and life went on.

Thanks so much for the beauty of your pictures.


28 posted on 04/01/2013 4:24:01 PM PDT by handmade
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice work, particularly that last one.


29 posted on 04/01/2013 4:25:38 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice to see you “swampy”, hope you are well!


30 posted on 04/01/2013 4:48:19 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You’re a great photographer. Your work is always excellent. Thanks for sharing, once again.


31 posted on 04/01/2013 5:09:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great pictures..as always!

Thanks for sharing and pinging.


32 posted on 04/01/2013 5:29:58 PM PDT by berdie
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the heads up Swamp.. great work as usual


33 posted on 04/07/2013 9:25:57 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)(o)
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