Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #140 – A Change of Scenery

I have the honor of hosting this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge. If you are able to do so, we are challenging you to get out and look for a change of scenery. You don’t have to go far from home. It can be in your neighborhood, town, or even a car ride away. Maybe there is a nearby park you haven’t been to in a while, or maybe you’ve been wanting to try a different route on your walk, run, or bike ride. If you are unable to get out right now, we’d love for you to browse through your archives to feature images from places you have visited in the past when you needed a change of scenery.

It’s been a long time since we have gone anywhere so my husband and I took off last week for a short road trip. Three nights in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Florida was just what we needed to recharge our batteries. Morning walks, nature trails, lots of birds, watching the sunset, and fresh delicious seafood were just what the doctor ordered.

Restaurants and shops on the Cedar Key Waterfront
Early morning view just a few steps from our room
Nature trail Boardwalk at Cemetery Point Park
Clam fisherman out for a day of work. This unique boat design isn’t seen in the waters where I live.
These stone crab traps are different from the blue crap traps we see in coastal Georgia.
Brown Pelican waiting for a handout on the fishing pier in Cedar Key. The ones at home aren’t this bold.
Gulf Coast Sunset, Cedar Key, Florida

In your post, please include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so everyone can find your post in the WordPress reader. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Tina’s Special Moments challenge last week. It was a joy to see so many special moments and read the incredible stories that went along with the images.

Many thanks to Tina, Ann-Christine, Patti and Amy for inviting me be be your host this week. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your responses!

Bird Weekly Challenge #10: Yellow or Orange Legged Birds

For this week’s challenge I chose a few images of my favorite orange legged bird, the American White Pelican. With a wing span of up to 9 feet, they are one of largest birds in North America.

My first sighting of them was in Cedar Key, Florida. I have also seen huge flocks in Everglades National Park, on the Texas Gulf Coast, and have even seen a flock on Lake Chicot in Arkansas.

I fell in love with these birds when I first saw them several years ago while on a nature cruise in the waters around Cedar Key. Our captain took us by several flocks standing on sandbars and some flew right beside the boat.

White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
American White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
American White Pelicans flying by the boat

At Goose Island State Park on the Texas Gulf Coast there were White Pelicans hanging around the docks every day hoping for an easy meal.

White Pelicans go after a fish carcass tossed out by fisherman at a fish cleaning station in Texas

I was surprised to see a huge flock of big white birds on Lake Chicot in Arkansas. It wasn’t until I got out the binoculars that I could see they were White Pelicans. They were too far away to get a good photo but I was able to capture this one flying on the other side of lake while a Great Blue Heron stood in the shallow water by the shoreline.

White Pelican flies by blue heron over Lake Chicot

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #10 – Yellow or Orange Legged Birds

We Love Waterfront Camping

Our favorite places to camp are the campgrounds with a view. There’s nothing like waking up with a view outside the RV or sitting outside in the evening enjoying the scenery around us. We’ve enjoyed campgrounds with views of spectacular mountains, glaciers, forests, and all kinds of water.

For us, the best camping is beside a river, mountain stream, lake, or any body of water for that matter.

We enjoy watching the different water craft go by.

Sometimes we see wildlife.

Blondie loves it when she gets a chance to go swimming.

We love watching the sun rise and set over the water.