I'm on the road again, but not too far. I stopped to visit a friend who shared this beautiful location with me in the Osceola National Forest. I camped two nights to wait for a storm front to pass. My site by the boat ramp, but too windy before the storm to paddle.
Wild turkeys too.
But the morning I planned to leave....look at the picture God painted for me.
That water was calling.
So Thistle and I went out for an early morning paddle before time to go.
Lots of people camp here to fish, but I was looking for birds.
Looking back toward the boat ramp.
Some of the campsites along the lake. This is a free National Forest Campground...one of those hidden treasures. There is another campground on the other side of the lake that has more amenities and a fee.
As I was taking her picture, she was also taking mine! So I snatched it...thanks, Chris.
She has a great view from her site.
A pretty Bufflehead! (On edit, my birding mentor, Birdie, has guided me to the correct ID...it's a Hooded Merganser! They have a similar head, and are just as cool to find.)
A gorgeous Wood Duck!
A Belted Kingfisher
A Great Blue Heron in a Cypress tree.
And finally, back by the boat ramp, an American Kestrel! I wasn't expecting him.
And now I am really back on the road again, somewhere in Georgia. Chris took this photo while I was hooking up the car. See you down the road!