Florida Creatures That Fly and Float

On Easter Sunday, family and friends came to my house for dinner and fun. Close friend Milt and friends also came earlier in the day and Milt and I went to a nearby nature preserve and took a few pictures. This preserve is about 300-yards as the crow flies away from my house.

Below are a few of the photos I took with a caption to go along with it. The caption will be below the photograph.


Photo by Tom Remington
It was a bright and warm day with light breezes. This monarch was clinging to the trees in the breezes.


Photo by Tom Remington
This was a difficult picture to get for two reasons. One, these things wouldn’t stay still long enough to snap a photo, and two, the Amberwing dragonflies are only about one inch long full grown.


Photo by Tom Remington
There was a boardwalk around the perimeter of the small pond in the nature preserve. We were watching an alligator when I heard something over my head. I found this pair of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons sitting in a primitive looking nest and very busy preening themselves, caring little for me.


Photo by Tom Remington
This “bird” also flies but seems to be the odd creature out in the batch of photos. It did fly overhead and quite low so I figured why not?


Photo by Tom Remington
Between the boardwalk and the bank and shore, this alligator laid sunning himself. I got pretty nervous getting into the water so I could get this close-up picture. Ha Ha! NOT! From the boardwalk, this gator wasn’t more than 10 feet away from us. I estimated it to be about 8 feet in length. Not large by Florida gator standards but nothing I’d turn my back to for long.