With recent cooler weather, Manatees in central Florida head to the warmer water at Blue Spring State Park and so do many people including us today! The official count when we got there was 474 Manatees, and we were thrilled to see lots of activity too. Here’s both photos, and video …
We visited Animal Kingdom Lodge to meet friends for brunch at Boma, and to view the animals in the “safari park” area (these animals are one of the few free features of Walt Disney World!). When we arrived there were only a few birds, but after our lunch there was much more to see – including a Giraffe having its lunch!
Here’s a short video of the Giraffe having its lunch, too:
At the annual Oakland Heritage & Wildlife Festival today we had lots of craft and other tents to visit, as well as the Llama …
Oakland Heritage Festival
Native American demonstration
We also got tickets for a boat ride on Lake Apopka, with very interesting talks about the ongoing recovery of the once very polluted lake – as well as great views!
A nice day out!
If you prefer, a video presentation!
Our new home is just a short walk or bike ride to the West Orange Trail; heading east takes us into Winter Garden downtown, while west takes us to the next town Oakland (and further eventually out of Orange County, into Lake County and Clermont).
In Oakland close to the Oakland Nature Preserve is Briley Farm, and sometimes it’s possible to spot unusual animals there – here’s some pictures and video from this morning, with Zebra and Wildebeest!
A video compilation of the MAMA event back in 2006:
MINI events and friends, from long ago …
Margaret and I walked to Newton Park last night and watched the sunset over the lake, quite beautiful!
I recorded half a minute of video too:
We’re just back from ten days in Iceland, with such VERY different scenery (and weather) from what we’re used to in Florida. Mountains, glaciers, black sand beaches – and a need to wear a coat every day (but luckily very little rain).
I’ll be posting pictures in a while but for now here’s a nice video creation from our trip: