John and I went on a couple nature walks while we were in Florida. This was our 4th trip to Amelia Island, yet our first time venturing through these trails. It was all walking distance from the house and we never knew it!
^ John Picked me a tiny flower :-)
^ This part of the trail reminded me of the mountains. Can't wait to get there this year.
^ Well hello Mr. Alligator. We had to walk past this guy!
^ He would open his eyes every now and then as we walked by him. So subtle, yet chilling.
^ We came across a bench and I couldn't resist self-timer.
We bid farewell to Amelia Island & Jacksonville on Thursday. However, there are still some photos I'd like to share so this isn't the final Florida post!
After a very long (and exciting) thunderstorm, the sky finally cleared up Sunday afternoon. So we spent the remainder of that day outside, of course. John and I were sitting on the deck steps talking while his grandfather was sleeping in a lounge chair behind us. We were in mid-conversation when we spotted this huge, glistening thing in the ocean spurting water into the air. We both excitedly exclaimed that it was a whale and I kid you not, Pop went from the laying/sleeping position to standing, faster than any abled human should, screaming "WHALE!!!" It still cracks me up when I think about it.
It was fun to watch all the beach-goers slowly realize there was a giant mammal in the water. I wish we could have gotten more photos of the whale, but it stayed submerged in the water, coming up for air every few minutes as it swam down the coast. We think it may have been a Humpback. It was also surrounded by a bunch of porpoises, which I thought was really cool. It was like the whale had it's own posse.
^ The whale and a lucky surfer dude.
^ Waiting for the whale to come back up.
^ More people becoming aware and waiting.
Apparently a whale (maybe this whale) was spotted a few days before so I hope it comes back to visit again before we have to go home. Although anyone who knows me would know that what I'm really hoping for is a shark!
Yesterday we ventured into Georgia to the Okefenokee Swamp. We took a boat tour and saw some gators! John got a lot of good alligator pictures, but they still need to be uploaded and edited. I'm excited about them though. I'm already picturing alligator coasters!
See the gator on the far right?? ^
After the 1 1/2 hr boat tour, we took a self tour by car through the swamp trail. That's when John would get out of the car with his camera and get up real close to the alligators. Kinda scary.
Today is full of thunderstorms. I can feel the rumbles of thunder and had to unplug the laptop from the wall. So that's it for now since I'm losing battery power!
...in Florida!! John and I are once again in Florida visiting his grandparents who come down here during the winter months. It's actually cool and very breezy down here today, the water is rough, and the fresh ocean air is blowing through the windows. It's quite perfect. I'm actually hoping for a thunderstorm. I hear thunder in the distance!
Yesterday we went into Jacksonville to The Cummer Art Museum. They had a beautiful flower garden that I instantly wished was my backyard.
^John took this panorama with his new phone.
Now I'm off to persuade John to make me a White Russian. I don't think he'll need too much convincing. Happy Spring!
I told him I thought they were a waste of money. 6 1/2 years ago I told him not to buy me flowers and he stored that in his long-term relationship memory of his. There was this ONE time, a rose one Valentine's Day for which I heavily hinted about so it doesn't count! Plus his mom picked it up for him, not that I really minded. But it didn't count.
What a dumb thing I said. You can't take a 19 year old girl seriously when it comes to that stuff, but apparently you can expect a 20 year old boy to remember that stuff, forever. I obviously didn't know any better. Turns out I like flowers! The gesture alone is so sweet. And while we're on the topic, I also enjoy surprises and simple little love notes... ;)
And then yesterday, while we were standing in line at Produce Junction to get the iguanas lettuce and me some pomegranates, John looked over at the flowers and asked me if I'd like some orchids as an early birthday present (I'm 26 tomorrow.)I happen to know he actually really likes orchids (he is Nature Boy after all) and I also happen to know he will be the one who makes sure these things don't die, but I'm so happy I finally got my flowers!!
^Like the mirror shot I got of myself? Wonderful, I know.
I finally finished my taxes today with the help of my mama. It feels SO good to be done with it. And I'm getting better with the whole book-keeping thing with the business so next year should be a breeze. I hope.
See my mom's hand about to dive into the box of Triscuits? Ha, I'm so easily amused.
So now that my taxes are over with, I can finish the night by photographing some more artwork and editing the photos in bed. But I have this little four-legged animal with a squeaky football following me around and bullying me into playing with him. So we'll see how much I really get done.
P.S. 5 days until my birthday, 8 days until St. Paddy's Day Weekend, & 11 days until John and I go to Florida! I say it every year, but I LOVE MARCH!
I'm finishing some things up this fine Saturday afternoon. And Mr. Texas and Katie are hanging out by the drying artwork. Mr. Texas is the Longhorn cow around her neck that I brought home from Austin for her.