These delicate spring blooms are the only Columbine native to Illinois: Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). These blooms were prolific today in Lincoln Park’s best kept secret, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond.
Abundant spring Wild Columbine brighten the shady Caldwell Lily Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Close up image of one of the Wild Columbine flowers. These flowers are visited by insects but avoided by larger animals who find them poisonous. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Restorative scene with Wild Columbine inviting one’s restful enjoyment. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
For more information on this Illinois native CLICK the image above. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
An oxymoron it seems; but someone chose its name, Dingy-flowered Star Orchid (Epidendrum amphistomum). Orchids are never “dingy”. But this is this dear Orchid’s name.
The Dingy-flowered Star Orchid is considered an endangered native of Florida.
Tiny Orchid blooms have visitors. This flower has no nectar but it’s aroma attracts moths (not shown here) for pollination. Copyright 2018, Pamela Breitberg
Overall view of the Dingy-flowered Star Orchid. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
These unique Egyptian Geese (Alpochen aegyptiaca) birds were considered sacred by Eyptians. Americans imported them as decor for Golf Courses. Were our own wildlife too ugly or boring? Some have now vacated the golf courses for the wild.
This family was at the animal rescue facilities of Flamingo Gardens in Davie Florida. They are in the Rookery section which is open so they could wander if wanted. Many of their birds are not able to be released because of injury or “imprinting” (taming by people), so would not survive in the wild. Any animal that does recover is released as soon as it’s health returns.
I never tire of seeing new miracles of God’s designs. So amazing.
Egyptian Goose checking out the Rookery. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Mom and Dad introducing the babies to the Rookery environment. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
The previous post showed the Egyptian Geese babies in the water and Duckweed. Shortly afterwards Mom (or Dad) joined them. First they had time to explore without parental accompanying them. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Mom (or Dad?!) and baby. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Lastly, the entire family enjoys an outing. So did we! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
All images were taken at Billy’s Swamp Safari site on the Seminole Reservation, Florida. I have no reservations about recommending that you visit this amazing place. Include in your visit the AhTahThiKi Museum also located in their Reservation; Clewiston, Florida.
View from the quaint restaurant in Billy’s Swamp Safari. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
From a distance these bovine were having lunch. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Never ending beauty. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Great Egret stands out among browned winter grasses. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
The Great Egret aka American Egret. No political comment being said; just sharing a few more images from yesterday’s post.
Great Egret hunting in the Everglades. This is a long lens image of the same scene in yesterday’s post. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
American Egret can be identified from other Egrets with its black feet and yellow beak. *The brilliant green color in front of the eyes is part of the breeding season changes.” Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg Citation: *Florida’s Fabulous Waterbirds by W. Williams
The overal scene looks so much like an untouched prairie; greens are flourishing and going on for miles and miles. The sky is never ending. A vulture scans for lunch. This prairie is wild; no telephone lines or roads interupt it’s untamed beauty.
But on closer inspection, or if you remember you’re on “Aligator Alley”, a part of I75, you see evidence that this isn’t even a wetland prairie swam or bog. It’s much wetter and is infact part of the Florida Everglades. Take the closer look into this profound region.
“Prairie” grasses with wide open skies; NOT. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Hint: Great Egrets are not found in prairies. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Alligators are definitely not a part of a prairie habitat. They do bask in the sun next to water while they await their next meal. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
The Snowy Egret takes off to continue it’s hunt for food in Florida’s Everglades. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg