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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

From the Ocean to the Wetlands~

It was a wonderful journey to Florida in February and I have enjoyed sharing the images, but this post will end series.  I hope that you who have joined me, have enjoyed them.  
This past week was my daughter's huge event for Be Strong and the STOP bullying crisis.  I will be sharing the images for that and newsy news from it next week at this time. 
I will allow the labels and images to form the story~ 

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

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at: 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'


Stewart for:

Anne Kolb Nature Center~

Tri-colored Heron

Great Egret~

Grebes, Whistling Ducks and Common Moorhens~


  1. Hello Mary, beautiful views of the ocean and the nature center. I enjoyed all the birds, the herons, egrets and the cute Grebes are all wonderful sightings. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. We'll miss you, here in Florida.

    As always, lovely shots of our critters and skyline.

  3. Lovely series of photos of our feathered friends ~ beautiful photography and love nature that you shared so well ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

  4. You KNOW I've enjoted each and every ONE of your special Florida adventures you've shared and I thank you from the bottom of my heart that you took the time to add your links throughout at I'd rather b birdin'.

    Altho I enjoyed all the photos here today...I do favor the little green heron! Just 'cause it's one of my favorite waders!

  5. Gorgeous skies, Mary! The wetlands look so lush! Your birds are wonderful.

  6. gorgeous images from florida. looks like you really enjoyed your visit. i'm especially fond of whistling ducks! Have a lovely week.

  7. Visiting Florida with you during the past few weeks has been wonderful, I've seen so many beautiful things through your eyes. Although your wildlife shots are outstanding as always, this week my personal favourites are the ones taken by your daughter and you at the beach, that sky is amazing.
    Where are we going next time, Mary????

  8. Hi Mary. I'm always amazed in reading NA blogs, especially those based in or visiting Florida. There are just so many nature reserves that it hard to appreciate how many. Of course I must remeber that Florida is a huge state as well as being blessed by ocean on so many sides. Your photos on this post are just so artistic, drawing in the birds' surroundings, espeailly so the Tri-coloured Heron. Very special.

    By the way I hope you received the photo I PM'd to you?

  9. I know you kept your camera handy the whole time you were here! There's so much to see...usually you can just look up in the sky! Love your photos. I wondered about one of them, but now I think it's a soft shelled turtle neck and head. Hugs, Diane

  10. much to enjoy here. Love the shots you got of the different herons. The skies the ocean the wetlands all fabulous. Hope you have a good week. visiting from Mosaic Monday.

  11. Beautiful photos! I love all the birds :)

  12. oh How I would have loved to hae been on that trip with you, I am familier with the birds from visits to florida from the uk, and my have you done them justice, beautifull.
    Take care Gordon.

  13. Your pictures are so gorgeous Mary.... I love the way you got good pictures of the tri-colored with its neck out and in (you know what I mean) .... they looked like different birds to me when I first saw them like that. This post perfectly shows why we fell in love with Florida -- not the Florida that most people think of who haven't been anywhere but Orlando or Miami.

  14. such a beautiful collection of birds in the wetland. Wish I had something like that nearby :) Gret photography :)

  15. Hi Mary,

    This Florida series has been such a treat. You have taken us to so many wonderful places, shown us the wildlife of the sunshine state, its landscapes and waterways. And today, seeing you wandering amid the waves, well, I get the feeling that you will truly miss it.

    Such tranquility in the photo of the pier and playfulness among the feathered lovelies. The whistling ducks and moorhens are adorable. The tri-coloured heron, in the second last photo makes for an interesting portrait.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.



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