Bald Eagles of Alaska

Five years ago we were wandering around Alaska in our RV. As we traveled I was always on the lookout for wildlife and we saw plenty of it.

Along with the many land and sea animals, I enjoyed seeing the birds. The Bald Eagles were my favorite and there were more Bald Eagles than I’ve ever seen anywhere else. We saw them perched in trees, soaring overhead, and even in a nest in front of the Homer Post office.  The most unusual sighting was seeing one fly right beside the truck as we drove along the Homer Spit. I was so busy watching him keep up with us that I didn’t get a chance to take his picture!

He was looking at me
Bald Eagle on Ninilchik Beach
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
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Bald Eagle in the Lynn Canal between Haines and Juneau
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Bald Eagle in tree beside Eldred Rock Lighthouse in the Lynn Canal
Mama and Baby Eagles across from Homer Post Office
Mama and Baby Eagles in Homer
Eagle soaring over bluff at Russian Orthadox Church
Eagle soaring over bluff at Russian Orthadox Church in Ninilchik
Pair of Eagles
We spotted this pair of Bald Eagles as we cruised by on a wildlife and glacier cruise from Valdez

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – birds

Late Summer in the Garden

Most of the flower beds around our house are planted with drought tolerant plants that can survive the summer heat here in coastal Georgia. On the summers we take off on an RV trip I don’t have to worry too much about these established plants back home.

When we are home for the summer, I like to plant a butterfly garden. This year I added new milkweed, a butterfly bush, zinnias, black eyed susans, purple coneflower, and Mexican Sunflower to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies. With all these blooms I enjoy having cut flowers from the garden.

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Black Eyed Susans
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Cut Flowers from the garden

In addition to my flowers I had a small crop of basil, jalapeño peppers and cherry tomatoes. The peppers are still producing but the tomatoes and basil are gone.

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Bounty from my little garden

Earlier in the summer we weren’t getting very many butterflies but lately the Gulf Fritillarys and Swallowtails have been visiting the garden regularly.

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Gulf Fritillary on Mexican Sunflower
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Swallowtail

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – garden

June in the Butterfly Garden

My butterfly garden is full of colorful blooms and the butterflies are starting to take notice.

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Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower
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Monarch on Milkweed
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Zinnias
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Mexican Sunflower
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Purple Coneflower
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Black Eyed Susan

The birds continue to come by daily.

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Male Painted Bunting
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Tufted Titmouse
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird
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The cardinals search for dropped seeds on the ground beneath the bird feeder

Happy Summer!

Linked to Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Flowers

Waterfront Camping

There’s nothing better than having a view of water from our campsite. During our twelve years of part time RV’ing we have found waterfront campsites in many different places.

Skagway boat harbor as seen from our campsite
Pullen Creek RV Park, Skagway, Alaska
Watching for whales in Haines, Alaska
Oceanside RV Park, Haines, Alaska
View of Mount Redoubt from our campsite
Deep Creek Beach State Park, Alaska
We enjoyed watching the boats going out in the bay our last morning in Homer
Baycrest RV Park, Homer, Alaska
Sunset over Lake Seminole at Eastbank Campground
Eastbank COE Campground, Georgia
Morning sky from our site at Goose Island State Park
 Goose Island State Park, Texas
Relaxing behind our campsite at Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Inks Lake State Park, Burnett, Texas
Cypress Trees in Lake Bistineau
Lake Bistineau State Park, Louisiana
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Maumelle COE Campground, Arkansas

This post was inspired by  Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday – Water.

Wandering Wednesday – Water

I have lived within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean for most of my life. A dock connects our back yard to a tidal creek.

At low tide, there’s just a trickle of water in the creek.

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Georgia Tidal Creek at low tide

During the low tide, wading birds walk along the creek bed searching for food.

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Roseate Spoonbill
Tri Colored Heron finds a snack in a Georgia creek
Tri Colored Heron finds a snack in a Georgia creek
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Searching for a treat in the tidal creek

When the tide is high, it’s a different world.

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When the tide is high enough, we can hop in the boat and go for a ride

At the mouth of the creek we enter a river and explore the coastal waters.

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Boat ride in Georgia waters near Tybee Island
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Uninhabited Georgia Barrier Island only reachable by boat

And during the summer, when the tide is just right, we can catch fresh blue crabs for supper.

Nothing better than catching, cooking, and eating Georgia Blue Crabs
Nothing better than catching, cooking, and eating Georgia Blue Crabs

This post was inspired by  Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday.