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This is a good opportunity to share some good news with all bloggers and followers of my site today. This photo was entered in the Annual Bird Contest offered by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida and was awarded Second Place. This photo as well as the ones from other winners can be viewed in Facebook or by visiting the Botanic Garden site at: http://www.fairchildgarden.org
The Garden is a great tourist attraction in Florida, a wonderful place to spend a day with family as it offers fabulous opportunities for nature lovers, photographers, bird watchers and more. A must to visit when in Florida. Enjoy

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird_93E3028

Here we go again. This is the season when migrating Hummingbirds reach our warm Florida territory. My first view this season and I am thrilled. They are such a joy to look at and capture them in their behavior as well. My feeders were placed just in time this year. I am hoping to be rewarded this season to view and capture the male with its gorgeous iridescent ruby throat color.

RV John, back at you my friend.

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird_93E3085

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Blue Spring State Park Pano 1 , Florida

Blue Spring State Park is a state park located west of Orange City, Florida in the United States. The park is a popular tourist destination; available activities include canoeing, SCUBA diving, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife watching, and swimming. The spring is the largest on the St. Johns River and serves as the winter home of many Florida manatees that come up the St. Johns to bask in the relatively warm waters (constant 72 Fahrenheit/21 Celsius) of the springs. Over 100 million US gallons (380,000 m3) of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day.

Blue Spring State Park Pano1

Blue Spring State Park Pano 2 , Florida

Do you know that The St. Johns River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Florida and its most significant for commercial and recreational use? And more importantly, it is one of the few rivers in the U.S. flowing north.

Blue Spring State Park Pano 2