Thursday, December 2, 2021

Crops & Clips-- flashback to December 2018

We will celebrate this December, our final month living in Florida by looking three years back, through the 441 photos I processed in December, 2018. I hope to find images which depict favorite memes: critters of all kinds, especially birds, flowers, butterflies, beautiful skies, reflections...  and scenes which speak for themselves.

Great Egret before sunrise on December 3:

The same bird in full sunlight:

One of my first images of the month was of this Gray-headed Swamphen, demonstrating its use of prehensile toes to pluck and eat the tender shoots of Spikerush:

Little Blue Heron:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron:

A male Palm Warbler in early morning light:

Yellow-throated Warbler:

Common Grackle:

Northern Mockingbird on Brazilian Pepper:

Blue-headed Vireo:

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird:

Flowers and fruit of Firebush (Hamelia patens), favored by hummingbirds, butterflies and warblers:

Prairie Warbler:

Male Northern Cardinal:

Female Bald Eagle (Jewel) flying with Tree Swallows:

Immature Red-shouldered Hawk:

Composite view of a female Bobcat sprinting:

Gulf Fritillary:

Tiny flower:

Light fog before Sunrise:

Sun rising over Sunset Lakes:

Our entrance gate all decorated for Christmas:

Rosyfinch Ramblings will be dormant for a while as we are relocating from Florida to Connecticut. Although we both are natives of New Jersey and learned to live with four seasons, this is probably the worst time of year to migrate north. For eighteen years we have not "molted" out of t-shirts, shorts and sandals. As I write this, snow is falling and the wind is howling at our upcoming destination. Hope to be back and enjoying entirely new flora and fauna despite cold noses and toes-es.


Linking to:

Nature Thursday

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters


Camera Critters

All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Natasha Musing

Our World Tuesday


Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display


  1. I love our winter birds.
    Happy trails for the move. What a lovely way to end this chapter. All the best.

  2. I'm wishing you both the very best in this move. I know you'll enjoy being close to family and will be happy to see what you have to share. Take care and try not to stress over the move. We love you! Hugs, Diane

  3. You are an extremely talented and hard working photographer. I loved all the photos but the red shouldered hawk caught my attention.

    Good luck on your impending move. Come back when you can.

  4. So many wonderful photos! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Red-shouldered Hawk. I'm certainly going to miss your Florida photos.

  5. Wonderful series..Love the little blue cute....and the Hawk..great pictures as always.
    I will miss your Florida pictures...

  6. Fabulous. The flaming sky is special. Safe travels north. I hope you adjust quickly.

  7. Hello Ken,
    I have enjoyed all your post on the Florida birds, flowers and the gorgeous sky shots. Awesome reflection captures. I hope to see you back posting birds and scenery from your new place. Good luck and safe travels with your move.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  8. All these captures are fantastic. Good luck with the relocation!

  9. Ken, I like your photos. They are great again. I wish you all the best for the move. And of course: Merry Christmas.
    Kind regards - Elke (Frankfurt - DND)

  10. I love the egret reflection!
    Being from So. Cal I didn't see snow my first snowfall until I was an adult. I never got tired of snow when I lived in Pennsylvania. Take care and stay warm!

  11. First, hope your move will be a safe journey!!
    Love the hawk how it's watching you. And the reflection of the egret!!
    Ps...I'll take the sandals and t-shirt any day!! Good luck.

    I wish for you a good birding week when you are settled, and thanks for linking in!

  12. Marvelous photos! Thanks so much for sharing at

  13. Yet another terrific flashback!

    Ken, we will miss your reports from the front lines of southeast Florida. We'll try to keep you updated from here in the west-central part of the state. We promise not to rub it in about how warm it is, having to run the A/C in January, etc.

    One thing of which I am certain. Someone with your talents will observe and enjoy nature wherever they may be. If you feel up to it, let us know how things are going once you get settled.

    All the best.

  14. Good luck on the move back to a chillier state, Ken. Hope your enjoy a happy holiday when all the work is done and you are resettled in your new place. Looking forward to seeing shat images you will find to share from CT. Wishing you and yours a Merry holiday and all the best in 2022.

  15. The birds are beautiful. Such wonderful pictures.
    The sun rise--amazing!

  16. Wow ! The birdie capture is mind bowling especially the Hummingbirds over the Firebush flowers. Sunrise shot above the lakes is stunning. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

  17. Am glad to see you, because it seemed you had stopped blogging, but no, you're moving! Well, wishing you'll adjust quickly to the cold this winter up North!!
    A merry Christmas to you and yours, Ken!

  18. Hi Ken,
    I wish you and your family a happy New Year. I hope you are well. And I would be happy to see you again next year on Nature Thursday.
    Best regards - Elke (Frankfurt/Germany)


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