Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grebes, Osprey, Pelicans and Seagulls, Gather at the Seashore~

Deerfield Beach, Florida.  One of our families favorite beaches for decades now.

Thanking you for the generous pouring out of your heart thoughts for our family this past week.  It means so much to us.
This has been a very long week of learning to let go of my beloved father-in-law, who continues to cling to life, and yet has failed rapidly these past days.

I know that there are proper names for the Seagulls shown in this post and ask your forgiveness, if I just do not look them all up.

For this post, I will share more images from my Florida journey, taken two weeks ago~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

It didn't seem like the many birds were even interested in all of the dead and dying Jellyfish, what a waste~

My beautiful daughter Ashleigh Elissa and her handsome husby Matthew.
Little did we know just 2 short weeks ago that they would be back here in Kentucky with family~

On this day we were heading to Sanibel Island~

I saved this little Crab for the moment, and threw it back out to sea, as the tide had swept it in and the Seagulls were busy~

Pair of Ospreys feeding young above on Sanible Island and another Osprey feeding on a fish in Pompano Beach~

The Osprey above, was flying over this lone Pied-billed Grebe, and kept circling it, as the Grebe was looking toward it and then it would take a deep plunge.  I told Ashleigh, that I thought my pick cover-up, scared the Osprey off and that pleased me greatly~


  1. I am amazed Mary with all that has been going on in your life that you have had a chance to post at all. You would be forgiven for not. But then a walk on the seashore in the wind and salt air with the birds and a revisit to your past holiday may be just what you need right now. I always find a visit to the beach is calming when I am in turmoil. There is something comforting about the continuation of the waves crashing on the shore line despite what is going on in our own lives.
    Your shot of the Pelican about to land is amazing. Your pelicans are a lot browner than ours!

    I send you and your family my thoughts are prayers at this time. I understand very much what you are going through. Give your dear father-in-law permission to go and be at peace. I wish you and your family peace too.

  2. Stunning photos - love the pelicans - and that first bird with the black and white and dots on the tail - astounding.

  3. so many great bird images. Love the little grebe at the end and the gorgeous ocean view at the beginning.

  4. I am particularly impressed with your pictures of those hovering pelicans Mary. But more so with those wonderful Osprey flight shots and the way you caught the sunshine lighting up the whole bird.The Pied-billed Grebe is beautiful too, and so close as to see every detail.

    It looks like the beaches were quite breezy and something I would be quite used too. The first Laughing Gull made me laugh too as it struggles into the wind - nice picture.

  5. Mary! So many gorgeous shots. I must say I loved the surf in the very first shot. Hope you are well

  6. Beautiful photographs Mary. The first looks like a painting.

  7. these are beautiful shots, mary. love the brown pelicans and the pied-billed grebes are some of the cutest things, ever. i do hope your father-in-law can let go, soon...

  8. Oh I did enjoy the beach and family pictures....

  9. I'm very sorry to hear your father-in-law is in his last days here. Your photos in this post and the last one are beautiful and it's nice to see some warm beach scenes and birds for a change. Blessings to you and your family.

  10. Beautiful shots and Mosaics! I'm visiting from Mosaic Monday.

  11. An impressive array of bird life so beautifully captured Mary.

  12. So beautiful, Mary; I can almost smell the ocean. My favorite shots are the pelicans in flight.
    Holding you in prayer before our loving Father.

  13. Beautiful photos, Mary! I really enjoyed the series of the Pelicans. They are such a wonderful bird.

  14. This is a sad and wonderful post. Hope all things come a conclusion that you can bear.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. We just got back from Naples, Florida. You've captured it so perfectly and beautifully.

  16. Hi Mary,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Being together, surrounded by the love for one another, and your dear father-in-law is strength.

    Amazing photos, as usual! The picture of that pelican in the second photos almost make it look like a prehistoric bird! What a sight!

    Florida's landscapes, wildlife and culture, it seems, are endless. Thank you for sharing some of the highlights of your visit.

    Take care, my friend.

    P.S.: A lovely pic of you. Your expression is calm and meditative, to me.

  17. Of course I love your ocean and sea life pictures ... Some very familiar territory, but your pictures are better. I hope that the serene coast pictures and your memories help to sustain you in this difficult time.

  18. Florida opened up a whole new canvas for your camera to capture birds, didn't it? I enjoyed them all Mary and will add you to my prayers as you face your f-i-l going to his eternal home.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  19. Just stopping by to say I am thinking of you and your family, so lovely thank you first photo is of the beach that is a family favourite. Wonderful bird photos.
    Wren x

  20. Wonderful looking Pelicans, and I think there is Laughing Gull in there too. I managed to see one of those in the UK recently.

  21. Love all the mosaics, but I must admit, I'm kinda partial to all your Brown Pelican photos!! Wow.

  22. So sorry about your father-in-law. It is difficult to lose someone so dear ... my heart goes out to you.
    Your bird pictures are just scrumptious ... each and every one. Such an eye you have and a talent with your camera. It is a blessing that you have taken up this hobby for it spreads the good word of nature to others. Thank you as always, Mary.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  23. Great photos of such a beautiful area! Particularly loved the first pelican photo, the man o' war and the osprey shots! But everything was great!

  24. Great photos of all the shorebirds along the coast. I especially like the pelicans which look so different from pelicans around here but act just exactly the same!
    All the best to you and your family.

  25. Mary. You always come up with a wonderful post, great photographic collage. Thanks for sharing.

  26. We're so glad you made it to our Sunshine State for a little while! Hope you were able to recharge your soul's batteries a bit as I'm sure your energy level must be low.

    Wonderful images all! I can smell the salt air in each of them.


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