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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera, Florida

Good morning,


First, an Erik update (see yesterday's post):  The blood tests didn't give us any more information about what made Erik sick.  We are just happy now that he is back to his old happy self.  Just a little info since some folks have commented on Erik's trip to the friend's home in the country.  Erik and Penny were never out of Catherine's sight on that trip.  That's why it is so mysterious about Erik getting something that obviously hurt him so much.  :\

Second, a programming note:  We are back in Florida again.  We are going aboard Freedom of the Seas in Port Canaveral today.  While the ship is at sea and out of the USA, our only Internet connection is via satellite. I will only have an Internet connection with enough band width to upload pictures when we are in US ports so my blog posts will lag by a few days from real time.  I will also have to wait for a US port to have enough band width to be able to load your blog pages and comment to let you know I have been there.   I do have email 24/7 while we are at sea. 

Today's images were taken when we were at the Wetlands in Viera, Florida, last September.
The wetlands are adjacent to the Viera water treatment plant.
When we were here a few months earlier, we were able to drive through the property.  We were very disappointed to see this sign.
We did walk a short distance around the lakes.
 
There are signs suggesting visitors stay in their cars - the alligators live here, you know - but it is hard to stay in your car when there is a chain across the drive So, if you want to see the wetlands you walk.  Catch 22.  :\
Anyway, it was a beautiful day and we walked on the road and away from the edges of the lakes.
 As usual, I took some pictures of the handsome guy I see everywhere taking pictures. ;)


 We did not see a very big variety of birds this time, but we did enjoy the ones we saw.
 This was a very smart fellow. He waited as the water came through the pipe and plucked his lunch right out of his "fountain."
 It was a lovely visit.  Perhaps next time we will be able to drive further into the wetlands and will see more birds and other critters.

All the best,
Lois

10 comments:

Diana said...

I just read about Erik, LOis. I'm so glad to hear that he is doing much better. That was scary. Your photos are very pretty! Happy cruising!
Love Di ♥

Montanagirl said...

Lovely! Would like to go there sometime. We have a couple wetlands preserve not far from here, and a lot of the roads are blocked there too. I sometimes wonder what the point is, when one can't drive in and enjoy it more!

Montanagirl said...

P.S.: I've been meaning to mention that I LOVE your Header photo!

VP said...

This is a photographer's paradise...

Marit Johanne said...

It is beautiful! That was funny, stay in the cars, but not allowed to drive! I am glad you didn't meet the alligators :)

TexWisGirl said...

those reflections are beautiful!

i hope you have another wonderful cruise ahead of you!

Happy Days said...

I think wet lands are so pretty!! We owned some property in Williamstown, WV, which is across the river from Marietta. We had a large wet lands area. We had bever, a lone swan and many birds. Egrets, ducks and crane. Also a lot of reg. little birds. The womans club asked to take over the responsibility of the pond to make some improvements, so we gave them limited "take over". They did a nice job. We have since then sold that property....debbie

NixBlog said...

How beautiful! This is the sort of place I'd love to visit (and photos at, of course! :-)

EG Wow said...

This is certainly a great time of year to be traveling, Lois! Have a safe tome!

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos and lovely reflection shots. Hmmm, a little hard to follow their suggestions when they have the road closed. Luckily you didn't run into any alligators.