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

National Lighthouse Day

During our travels around America we have been known to venture out of our way to visit a lighthouse.  In honor of National Lighthouse Day (August 7) I put together a collection of some of my lighthouse photos.

East Coast Lighthouses from Maine to Florida

Gulf Coast Lighthouses

Great Lakes Lighthouses

Pacific Coast Lighthouses

Alaska Lighthouse

Eldred Rock Lighthouse in the Lynn Canal in Alaska
Eldred Rock Lighthouse in the Lynn Canal in Alaska

Sunsets around the U.S.A.

A perfect ending to any day is watching a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset at Campfire Lodgings in Asheville, NC
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Sunset at Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse at Golden Hill State Park, NY
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Key West Sunset, Florida
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Sunset at Dungeness Harbor, Washington
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
Sunset on West Point Lake, Georgia
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Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, Topsail Hill State Park, FL
Sunset over Lake Chicot
Sunset over Lake Chicot, Arkansas
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Sunset from Mackinaw City, MI
Sunset at Flamingo Campground in January, 2012
Sunset at Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
Henry enjoying a beautiful sunset at Cape Disappointment
Cape Disappointment, Washington

Inspired by Ingrid’s Wandering Wednesday photo prompt – sunset

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