I bade goodby "finally" to Monarch Season with all my plants stripped
bare from feeding them.
It was time to go have the knee redone anyway, so best not to have
projects like butterflies going on at the same time. I
brought home some projects to work on while I somehow thought I would
be bored rehabbing. I forgot that I would also be brain dead
for weeks afterward and just could not face any difficult projects,
especially taxes. I ended up filing for an extention for the
first time in my life because I was too frazzled in the brain to
attempt it. I would just keep saying "tomorrow I will get it
done" and tomorrow seemed never to come.
Back working in the gallery before Daylight Savings Time was restored I
did catch a few sunsets at the Marina. The Great White who seems to
also be enjoying the sunset, is a "pet" of the Seafood Market behind
us. It will eat Shrimp from their hands as long as the peel them
before hand. Its funny how animals can train their humans.
Speaking of traingin their humans the squirrels are waiting each morning and evening for their food.
Some mornings there will already be five or more sitting at the
back door scattered about, with eyes on the back door. If
Lacy is there she is up in the window checking to see if we are up.
It was very disturbing that about two weeks after my surgery and my
friend, Ocella, who had brought her lovely daughter down to baby sit me,
looked out the back door and said "there is a Hawk nest up there".
Oh dear, of all the homes who would welcome a Hawk's nest, it was
not ours. We have too personal an interest vested in our
squirrels to want to watch them get picked off right in front of our
We did see them carrying sticks and things to the expanding nest in a
tree at the very back of our lot. We never figured out though
whether they actually raised chicks. It did not seem to us that
they did. They did hang around for a while making us very
nervous but although we were aware of their presence we did not see enough activity to definitely say they raised a family.
The Red Shouldered Hawks would cause us great concern when they flew
down so close it seemed they were sitting right over our feeding
stations. One morning one was sitting on the bird house mounted
at the very corner of our patio flower bed just staring down at our
squirrels eating at their different feeding station. Of course
with housecoat flying I am out the door yelling at it to go away.
Maybe they decided to mover to a nicer more receptive
This is the ugly stage of the second Butterfly painting I decided to
tackle. I had started it in December but did not make a great deal of
progress by surgery time. I brought it home (with the taxes) to
work on while I convalesed. But as with the taxes I got nothing
One interesting thing in Spring here is a thing called tempertature
inversion which means the ocean is cooler than the air and it forms a
dense fog which rolls in keeping the air very cool and looking very
foggy all day, when a few miles away the temps would be very nice and
warm and the sun would be shining. Sometimes it would be like
this the sun over head but the fog rolling in slowing eveloping
everything. This was a day I was leaving the back of the park and the fog came rolling in across the marsh.
But overhead with the sky blue I got my first glimpse of our nest of
Great Horned Owls and the top of the very fluffy heads of the two
chicks. The nest is the one the Ospreys use each year. We
are happy the Great Horned Owl family fared better than the Ospreys
have the past couple of years.
By the time my meeting in the park was over the fog had moved over to
the other side of the road and engulfed the boats in the Tiger Point
Marina on the other side of the bridge (as in right and left sides--not
Lots of parades and as always I have a front row seat. The
Shriners had a very nice parade this year with many more of their crazy
car groups than ever before.
One of the new groups. One new thing on this corner is the
beautiful house which hither to before it was falling into disrepair.
Now a nice couple have taken over the redo and it is looking
beautiful as they do the fun part of finishing work on it.
Another day and the Owls are growing larger and I can see more of their heads.
A new addition to our household is "Spot" the tiny dot of a turtle.
He is a true Stink Pot, the common name for this species of
turtle. A friend asked me what kind of turtle this was but he was
so tiny it was hard for her to get his photograph. She was afraid
it was some kind of problem with his care because he was so small.
The turtle had not seemed to grow even thought she had him for
over a year. So she brought him to me. I did research and
found he was a "MusK" Turtle and his sub species is that he is a "Stink
Pot", so named because they can release a musk like oder if threatened.
He was so small I was almost afraid to pick him up for fear I
would hurt him. (We don't really know if it is a he or she).
I am told that reptiles do not release well once they are used to
being fed and cared for in captivity. So taking on this
responsibility is long term. As I said at the time guess I will
have to put him in my will, however my neice, Julie, loves turtles and
has offered to care for him once I am gone. This species of
turtle does not grow very large only 3 to 5 inches in all. So he
is just a small species, the reason he was so small to start with.
Heading into April and the painting was beginning to be to a point
where I did not feel quite so overwhelmed. The black one which is
unfinished will be a Black Swallowtail. Each day I would post on Facebook what I had gotten done that day.
And finally the end of April and the painting was finally finished.
It was sold almost as soon as I got it done, I finished it on
Saturday and sold on Thursday. So I was happy but do miss the
painting. Do you see the bunny added to this one. The bunny
is the one which lived in our garden last Summer. Just a sudden
urge to put him in and suddenly he was there. Inspiration helps
the creative process go faster.
The Hawk kept showing up, but not so frequently as to cause us too much alarm.
The usual splash of color given by our azaleas did not materalize quite
as gloriously as usual. The back ones bloomed but the front ones
did not bloom as completely as usual with most of the color on both
ends. Perhaps I trimmed them too late causing the bloom buds to
be removed but I don't think so.
Spot has a very long neck when he needs to stetch it out to reach some
food. He is eating well but is very skittish although he will now
take food from my fingers then run underneath his covered area to eat
it. He was about the size of a nickel when I first got him. Now I think more the size of a quarter.
My last shots of the baby Owlets with true feathers forming and then it was not long and they were gone.
Overhead flocks of birds have decided it is time to head back north.
I think these are Anhinga's which travel in this type of flock
I had seen a very lovely video of a way to blow giant bubbles. I
had suggested that we have a bubble blowing event at the beach.
From the gallery one day I caught sight of those big bubbles blowing by
my gallery window. A quick exodus from the gallery and I found a
gal who was commercially marketing her own "secret" formula for a
bubble mixture. I think I can do it with some recipes I have cme up with.
The others were a configuration which was a cluster of large bubbles but his was the wand design which blew the huge bubbles.
She also showed up at a recent surprise Sea Turtle release.
We had 3 little green turtles released which had suffered cold stun
during the winter and had recovered at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
who needed to bring these back to Florida Waters before release because
they had been found in Florida Water.
This was Blato who was found up at Fort Clinch State Park and was sick.
Now healthy and ready to go back into the water. When he
was released he seemed to head Northwest, straight back toward the park's pier.
And then it was Shrimp Festival weekend and also the start of Sea
Turtle Patrol. Birds were gathered in groups on the beach.
This was a group of Black Skimmers which hung out mostly
together, but one Royal Tern was nearby.
No Sea Turtle Nests but a few Horseshoe Crabs were out doing their nesting.
We also have several Wilson's Plovers with nests or getting ready for nesting on the river area.
The Plovers were scattered out along the river beach and you can tell
when they are trying to nest by the way they act. They run in
front of you but do not fly and do not go to the water but just try to
draw you away from the nest or in the case of hatching the chicks.
So Spring if fully engaged in producing a new season of new
lives. Lots of nesting by all the critters here in the park.
and prayers as I make plans to go home to East Tennessee to visit my
mom and Aunt Helen. A new kink in our blissful care situation,
the young men who live nest door and who have kept our minds at ease
have sold their house and are moving 15 miles away. We will have
new problems facing us as we deal with aging family members who only
want to live in peace by themselves.