Sunday, January 21, 2007
  Shark Valley
We went to Shark Valley yesterday, which is a part of Everglades National Park. I had done it a few years back and really have been wanting to get back to the Everglades.. Getting to actually get a little bit of bike riding in on top of getting to go to the Everglades is just awesome. So anyway, here are some pictures!


We noticed from the road that they were doing some burning (prescribed burning, we later found out).

there was a fire!

chris taking a picture
Chris took a picture of me.

I did the classic Chris-in-pictures face.

me doing the chris-in-pics face

The sky looked strange, from the burning.

chris, sky


This anhinga was doing all sorts of weird calls and contortions.

We saw tiny baby alligators.. They make cute little baby noises. Who knew little reptiles could be so cute?

tiny baby alligators

I wanted to hold one so bad. However, I practiced restraint, mostly out of fear of getting caught. :) (I mean, after all, these alligators live within five feet of tourists from Iowa their whole lives; it's not as if me holding one or tickling its scaly little belly is going to affect its impression of humans.)

It was, like, Lesbian Day at Shark Valley, so Chris figured he'd give all the ladies something to ogle.

chris's plumber's ass, for the ladies

heron or egret or something


this was the SUN.

The sun looked mighty weird. We could look at it. You shouldn't be able to LOOK at the sun. Many references to the apocalypse were made.

chris & me at the lookout

On top of the lookout, me shiny, Chris smiling. Note matching cutoff shirts. :D



These kids were funny.

bratty kids

As they rode by, the brother was like, "C'mon, hurry up - don't you want to be STRONG?" "No, I don't want to be strong!" the little girl screamed back, so so mad. He hurried along ahead of her. She yelled, "SHOW-OFF!" It made me want to go out and adopt a couple of eight-year-olds.


Alligator, you do not scare me. Unless, of course, you look like you may even maybe just a little may be aimin' to move anytime soon.

from the lookout tower

It was quite pretty. I was wishing the whole time that I had brought the good camera, but having my big, precious camera around my neck on a 15-mile bike ride didn't seem like a hugely appealing idea. Luckily, I realized early on that to get good pictures of the sky's colors, I only had to focus on the sky, then (while still holding down the release button) frame my shot. This picture would have been mighty bland had I let the camera focus on what you see above.

On the seven miles back, we only saw two other people, so we had the whole thing to ourselves more or less. It was really nice. And we saw lots of birds, including roseate spoonbills. You can see the gorgeous pink birds in this picture if you look close.


pretty sky

So yeah, it was a nice time. :) And it smelled so good out there. Like trees and plants. Just what I needed. :) :) :)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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