Thursday, May 21, 2015

5 Days of Photo Challenge - Day 5 and Loving Life - #FuelTheCure

We are doing double duty today with our day 5 of the Photo Challenge and also joining  Oz and Sugar's Loving Life - #FuelTheCure - which is helping to raise money for cancer research into Dogs and Cats thanks to the wonderful support of Zukes. Please think about joining in as Zukes is donating $5.00 for each post. You can also win some Zukes and we all KNOW who totally yum those are - so what ya waiting for?

Today we went to see a little teeny tiny 'strip' park (and no we didn't take ours furs off!!!) The park, which is called the Helen Cooper Floyd Park - has now been renamed the Helen Cooper Cowspotdog Park because I have pee'd there and  it now comes under my Bark Ranger protection. The park itself in on the intercoastal waterway also called the St Johns River and we always see a lot of people swimming and fishing there on the weekend.  It is about 30 foot wide and about quarter or half a mile long (Mom is terrible at judging distances :).  Sadly when we got there we saw signs up saying it is closed between Summer of 2015 and Winter of 2016 for repairs (it looks like it had some serious storm damage some time ago) but there was no work being done and we decided to use our selective blindness (which allows us to blindly not see anything we don't want too) and go explore anyway :) Obviously the peeps that visit on the weekend also suffer with it :) Now the end half of the park is actually a 'marsh land wildlife refuge' and the signs there said it is "forbidden" to enter and we decided to abide by that as we didn't want to disturb any nesting birdies in that area.

So what did we see on the half that is normally open to the public - well this area of the intercoastal waterway is very much a marsh area so there it a lot of  herons, cranes, sea eagles or hawks and lots of small birds some of which we have never seen before.  There are also lots of fish and shrimp and we even saw some turtle tracks (it is actually to start of the egg laying season for turtles here now). The first picture below shows us on the left side of the 'strip' and the next one shows ME on the right side having a run on the sand. The right side has a sandy beach whereas the left has a rocky beach.

Here is one of the big blue herons we saw - he was having a feast on baby fish. And lastly - this poor fishy has obviously been dieting way to much as it was just bones!.  Mom said someone had caught it and fileted it then had thrown the remains back into the water (she thinks it is what they call a dolphin fish - not a real dolphin but a fish named after them for some odd reason). It doesn't show up well in the photo but is was actually about 3 foot long.



21 comments:

  1. Great Bark Ranger duties there Reilly! Looks like a great park for walkies, you really are spoilt for choice in your new home, that's just pawfect!
    I have to keep a look out for Herons in my garden, to make sure that my fishes in the pond don't end up like the one you found!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. Wow! That looks gorgeous!

    Looks so peaceful.

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  3. Even when a part of your Helen Cooper Cowspotdog Park was closed, that's a super place... and that fishie looks like a great toy... or something what you could use for your furs... like a perfume :o)
    easy rider

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  4. We like the new name of your park BOL
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  5. You two have a lot of beautiful places to check out!!!
    stella rose

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  6. WOW that was a BIG fish.... we think it is good that they put the rest of the fish back in .... fur others to Feast on.
    AND we are glad that you did NOT strip your FURS off to go on that walkie.... THAT would have been embarrassing.

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  7. Wow! Great pictures. Have you seen any of the IBIS terrorists yet? They're big white birds who eat all kinds of lizards,and bugs and crayfish. Our Florida operative Miss Charlee has been a close watch on their activities.

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  8. Thats a great new name for the park.

    wags
    Oreo

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  9. Herons are cool looking birds - are they friendly?
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  10. WOW...what a most wonderful park! We are having so much fun learning about all the fun things to do in your new state!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  11. Did you roll in the dead fish??

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  12. That's beautiful. All those birds.....but you can't chase them...that's a bummer. We'd love to chase them!

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  13. Love running on the beach, that's why we love to go to the ocean. Another nice park you have, Reilly!

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  14. Oh, you two found another great place to visit. And look at those skies - we finally got some blue skies today. We are enjoying them while we can - rain will be back for the weekend:(

    Gorgeous photos!!!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  15. How fun! Have you been digging on the beach? We love doing that!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  16. We love that you keep renaming all of the parks, Reilly. Your new names are so much better than before!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  17. Wowsa! You guys have so many parks nows!!! OMD, you will never get tired of peein' (just you Reilly ☺) all overs them! I bets it's drivin' all the gurl doggies NUTS! Who is this new doggie in town?! ☺
    Sorry abouts that anorexic fishy....did you gets to roll on him? that would smell DELISH! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  18. My mom is a big offender...rules were made to be broken...when it comes to closed trails. I'm sure it was fine since they weren't working there or anything. Looks very nice there.

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  19. Oh, our mom would go crazy chasing after birdies there!
    Cammie!

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  20. What a beautiful place for walkies!!

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