Reflecting upon the month of July, 2014 I remember how the previous month's trip to Alaska disturbed the rhythm of our annual summer "migrations" from Florida to Illinois. If one has a choice, July is not the best month to be in Florida.
We had traveled to Alaska and then returned to Illinois for only a couple of weeks. Many essential doctor and dental appointments had to be kept back home in Florida, and we hate to leave our house untended for any extended period.
Usually I have a hard time finding images of fences, but before we departed from Illinois we visited the Japanese Garden in nearby Fabyan Park. The fences arced along my favorite foot bridge:
I tried to imitate an Impressionist painter on my digital "canvas:"
On our last full day in Illinois, we stopped at Nelson Lake preserve in Batavia, where we saw Cedar Waxwings..
...and an exuberant Common Yellowthroat:
Then, off to south Florida, where the month had started out with lots of rain and mosquitoes. The wetlands were so flooded that prey items were diluted and many wading birds sought refuge in our backyard lake.
Thanks to blown-in Saharan dust we were greeted by a golden sunrise:
Early morning light bathed a Wood Stork as it foraged along our back lawn:
Our long-legged "yard birds" lingered all day. While the tactile-feeding Wood Stork stirred up prey with its bubble-gum pink feet...
...a Tricolored Heron followed along, using its sharp vision, gobbling up any that got away:
A Snowy Egret flew in to join the feast...
...while a stealthy Green Heron waited for a meal to come within striking distance:
A Green Anole, hoping to attract a mate, displayed his dewlap:
Housebound by rain, we often missed our morning walks and watched angry sunrises from our back patio...
...but all the rain was good for our pineapples...
...and delicious tree-ripened Sugar-apple (Annona squamosa, also known by many other names such as Sweetsop or Custard Apple):
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Linking to Misty's CAMERA CRITTERS,
Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,
Linking to FENCES AROUND THE WORLD by Gosia
Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James
Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart
Linking to Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) by NC Sue
Linking to ALL SEASONS by Jesh
Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display