Our time with the wild horses

We saw the horses immediately when we got there. We drove down the gravel path to where they were grazing. As we rounded the corner we could see one of the mares was stomping her foot. There was an alligator in the water which was near the colt. She was stomping her point into the ground. There were also people too close to her herd. So we sat back and I got up and sat on the ground and started taking photos. In this first photo you can see the gravel road. The colt ran to his mother to nurse. On either side of the road is grass and on either side of that is water. There are 6 total wild horses. One stallion, one baby, 4 mares. This first photo is dark because it was getting dark when I took it. I could turn up the brightness but well I’m not so good at altering photos at this point. The stallion is in the middle of the path while the baby is nursing from one of the moms. The baby nurses from two mares. We aren’t sure how that is possible unless the other mare lost her baby. The fact that this baby has two mamas touches me every single time.

One horse decided after stomping at the gator to lay in the grass. Here is a photo of the gator and then the napping horse

So just to the left of her was the water where the gator was. And then the baby came over to visit me. He was very curious about me and left the entire herd, came very close, then walked past and grazed on the grass far away from the herd. The herd kept a close watch though and eventually the baby ran back.

Out near the other side of the water was this mare eating some bushes

As the colt walked past me and my husband the stallion was watching…

Here they all are as we were leaving on the path. You can see the water and the path they were on

I think this shows best how it’s water, grass, path, grass, water. Then way out is prairie. So you can see how closely we are to the alligator while even on the path. As we were leaving about a thousand black birds flew in. I have 6 sets of photos of them flying in and there were a few hundred in each set. They flooded the place!

Then the sky turned pink and we went home

Tonight’s sunset

I went to the University of Florida field to mill about and take some photos while my husband ran there. We pulled in and an owl flew into our back yard. He was not coming out of hiding so I went to watch the sunset over the corn field. Well worth the trip out.

The orange dot in the sky

After a particularly difficult mental health day, I went outside and saw an orange dot in the sky. My husband came with me as we searched for the orange dot. We saw it on the way home and when we got home it was hiding behind some trees. I haven’t seen stars like this in a long time. The rain and clouds has covered them I suppose. This orange dot really had me struck though. I still have not looked up what it was. A planet maybe visible due to the whole blood moon and eclipse recently? I decided to photograph it and my star photography was hilarious. I have no idea how this happened and if I even got the tiny orange dot but here were my attempts. The orange dot/star/plant seemed to zap away some of the struggles of the day. I don’t always know what will help but sometimes it can be something as simple as an orange blip in the vast sky

Wheelchair walks

My hawk Justice has grown into the most phenomenal bird! Watching him grow up has been such an honor. To be in his presence is to leave you in awe!

Him and the sun rays and the corn field and the little dove were all beautiful sights. I continue to go out in search of something beautiful.

I have been searching every day for weeks for this kite. His call is unmistakable. I was very thrilled to see him in a pine tree. He was so high up I didn’t know exactly what I was photographing and was so excited to come home and be able to see the tail of another kite right next to him. I even did a short, although very shaky, video so you could all hear his very distinctive call.

Yesterday’s walk:butterflies, birds, flowers, and water

Watching butterflies is a great way to calm the mind. It truly is. I sat in my wheelchair in the road in front of my house and watched 3 separate butterflies go from flower to flower. The would meet in the air and tumble around. I have no idea if it was a fight or a greeting or a mishap but it happened a lot. Then they would go back right away to each flower.

I saw this hawk by chance as I heard another bird so I looked up for her and RIGHT next to me was this hawk so regal looking directly at me. He had this fluff white feather on his chest that was out of place and so I was focusing on that until a car came by and we both had to move along.

I stopped in front a very kind woman’s house to watch her sprinkler go up and over her yellow flowers and I was in such a trance by the way the water fell on the flowers I didn’t even realize she’d come up behind me to say hello.

I had planned to stay in bed all day and rest but nature called and I am glad I listened.