Saturday, August 30, 2014


Here are the two osprey chicks that would not exist had August 2013 not been a month of wonderful cooperation between between the Levy County school district and the Central Florida Electric Cooperative...not retelling that story here, but search PF for it if you didn't read it before.

Two healthy new ospreys ... concrete evidence of a job well done.
This was my last view of the chicks back in July.
The next time I dropped in at school, they had left the nest to to live their mullet munching lives.

What a pair!

This pair of Barred Owls was a wonderful consolation prize after a gopher tortoise I was following outwitted me.
That is not something I'm proud of ... being outwitted by a slow moving tortoise, but it happened.
... another post certainly, another time.
Barred Owls are a pretty regular companion here at PFHQ, but catching a pair together is a treat.
What a pair!

Finally, pairs of pears ... why do the almost nonmunchable hard pears do best here in Florida?

I was so hot and dehydrated after trimming cherry tree limbs from above on this day, that even the meager juice and fructose of a sand pear was welcome, but ... man are they solid.

The only time I remember these being truly tasty was a million years ago as a teenager, when Miss Colese made a relish out of them.
This tree (which I have named "Katy Peary") has taken a beating over the years. The deer stripped her foliage and rubbed her bark off when she was a sapling. Then a large oak nearby dropped a huge branch on her that broke some of her major limbs.

Katy's a trooper though ... what a pear!

Thursday, August 21, 2014