A Cool Day. With Just a Hint of Color.

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today we had a spell of winter weather here in Florida. The birds in the salt marsh were hiding from the cold winds. I didn’t get to go out on my usual walk, but thought I’d play a little with my photos.  So here are some of my friends in their temporarily cool, monochrome environment. With a hint of color.

night heron hoc
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
tricolored heron hoc
Tri-colored Heron
snowy egret hoc
Snowy Egret
spoonbill hoc
Roseate Spoonbill
Royal Tern
Royal Tern
Pelican eating
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Papa Osprey
Mama Osprey

Please stay warm and be safe! ❤ Tiny

Ps. This post has been edited after publishing when I discovered that Papa Osprey (PO) actually was Mama Osprey.


50 thoughts on “A Cool Day. With Just a Hint of Color.”

  1. I am astounded at the photos you get. It is incredibly hard to get close enough to birds most of the time. You manage to get yours to pose for you!

    1. Oh, I just tell them to stand still for a minute 🙂 More seriously, a good zoom helps a lot. And by time I’ve learned to anticipate their next move a little better… but many times they still escape before I am close enough.

    1. Needed to do something playful today. Didn’t go out because the winds were too strong, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. Stay warm too. Hugs!

    1. I thought the birds would “pop” a bit more like this 🙂 I feel for PO, he’s still waiting for Mama Osprey every day at the nest. I saw him there (from my terrace) even today in the cold and strong winds. I hope his wait will be rewarded soon!

  2. Looks like fun. We had a bunch of roseate spoonbills on the lagoon this afternoon . . . with wood storks, egrets, heron, ibis, ducks, etc.

    The spoonbills always brighten things up.

    1. It was fun! You have a wonderful environment too, so much wildlife close by. The spoonbills are so colorful and calm birds, fun to watch.

    1. Happy you enjoyed them, Amy. They are a bit difficult to capture, and I’m happy we don’t use film anymore…I’d get one good image in a roll of film 🙂

  3. I like what you’ve done wit the pictures.
    I’m also intrigued by the very notion of winter in Florida since it’s where so many East Coast Canadians go to escape it. I suppose nobody is completely immune to its effects though.

    1. Thanks Maurice! Yes, we have winter here too. It means occasional cold fronts, cooler temperatures and strong winds for a few days. This week is one of those, but we’re supposed to get to just over 20 C on Sunday again. That’s about the normal day high in the winter. When it gets really cold, like below freezing that we had yesterday morning in north FL, it’s not good for the many fish farms, citrus groves, strawberry and blueberry fields…and all houses do not have proper heating. But luckily that doesn’t last long.

        1. Brrr. But I’m happy it’s balmy tonight. I still remember those really cold temps below -20 from my childhood…and the blizzards from DC/Maryland. But believe me, 3C and hard wind feels cold here…even people who are from Chicago complained of cold yesterday 🙂

  4. This is so cool and creative…all the shots were beautiful, but I really liked the opening shot. It somehow seemed so peaceful..a little color in a B&W world. 🙂

    1. Happy you liked my creative experiment. I love colors, but will probably try to do some more B&W. The first picture is my favorite too…there’s some serenity in it 🙂

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