97. Feline Friends

Julius and Milton are best buddies.

244. Public Transportation

I am trying desperately to do a little catch up as I have had 2 surgeries and an office procedure since July 30th!  I have just now began feeling well enough to get out and take photographs.  This one was taken at the Chattanooga, TN Aquarium and I thought fit very nicely for the public transportation theme.

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4. A Pair Of …

At a popular fishing spot on the jetty in Venice, FL, these pelicans were patiently waiting for one of the fishermen to toss back one of their catches.

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229. Paws

Say hello to Fluffy, our neighborhood feral cat who jumped up in my tree, crossed her legs and gave me a perfect pose for this theme.

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96. Feathered Or Feathers

There is a section on Longboat Key that has peacocks/peahens roaming the streets of a residential section.  These beautiful birds are protected, much to the property owners’ chagrin.  I am posting two photos I took today, both of which are of the male.

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339. Trio

“Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil,” was the way a long time employee of The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key lived her life.  Unfortunately, her life was cut short a few weeks ago but her memory will live on.  As a memorial to her, and to show their love for her, the owners of the Resort placed this sculpture at the entrance to the restaurant.

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326. Things With Wings

Lunch at our favorite outdoor restaurant along the Bay provided not only great food but wonderful scenery today.  This is a brown pelican and under perfect conditions in the wild they can live to be 30 plus years old.  The wingspan ranges from 6 to 7 feet, tip to tip and they can fly in calm winds up to 35 MPH.  Males are larger than females and have a longer bill.

 In Florida, they build their nests in mangroves from twigs and grasses brought in by the male for the female to construct.  Adults have a white head and reddish brown neck during the summer and yellow head and white neck during the winter.  This colorful plumage helps in attracting a mate during mating season.  A yellow head is mating plumage.  Wild pelicans are polymgamous but captive pelicans are 50% monogamous.  The female lays 2 to 4 eggs in the winter or early spring and after about 30 days incubation by both the male and female, chicks hatch.

Information Source:  http://library.thinkquest.org/2551/species/brownpelican.html

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