Greetings One and All,
This year as usual is just flying by. Spring is not officially here but in so many places it already feels like it. The weather here in Florida has been really nice the last couple of days and David and I were able to spend some quality time on the scooters running amuk on the ancient streets. Yesterday was so beautiful I could hardly wait to hop on the big girl bike and head to the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.
The Saint Augustine Alligator Farm has been in existence since I was a little girl. I remember going there with my family and on field trips from school growing up. This place has really morphed into a Zoological Park instead of just a place to scare folks with reptiles. As people have grown and changed the way they view the animal kingdom so have so many of the places that house them for learning. enjoying and preserving the species. One of the things this park has done is create a bird sanctuary. There is a big wooden walkway over a bunch of alligators with lots of nesting trees. The birds come every single year to lay their eggs and raise their young because they know it’s safe. No snakes to come eat the eggs because they can’t get past the alligators. And the people come from all over to walk among the bird families, take pictures and see them up close and personal. The birds love it too.
One of the greatest things that has happened because of this sanctuary is the return of the Roseate Spoonbill to North East Florida. This was a natural nesting place for this bird long ago but the birds stopped coming due to a multitude of reasons. I for one am so grateful they are back. You see them flying all over the Saint Augustine area, you can’t miss that beautiful pink color. Lots of folks when they first see them think they are Flamingos. When you get close you see they are not, they have this really odd shaped bill (spoon) that sets them apart. I got a good picture of one yesterday so am including it for you to see what I’m talking about.
It never ceases to amaze me the way that Spirit works in our lives. Spirit helped people learn to take better care of the animals in captivity by providing them with a more natural environment to live in. Then directed the birds that no longer came to this area to come back and teach us even more about our wild feathered friends. With the added bonus of being able to see such spectacular beauty up close and personal. If Spirit can create these kinds of miracles on such a large scale just imagine all that can begin to blossom in your life, up close and personal. Never forget that you are loved beyond measure and your life is important. You matter.
Enjoy the beautiful spring we are being graced with. Get out into nature and see all the beauty this wonderful Earth has to offer. And take some time to have fun, you deserve it.
See you soon!
Light and Love to All,