No, no, no.
I'm in sunny Florida in January and most days it's over 80F outside. Those facts alone should banish all thoughts of gloom.
But then I am in Buttonwood Bay so maybe a bit of doom is warranted !
Anyway, I went for my walk yesterday and after a little rest at the Cafe by the Lake where I may or may not have refuelled myself with a burger deluxe ( the deluxe meaning it came with lettuce, tomato and onion....oh wait, sorry.....with lettuce, tom-aye-to and onion ), I moved on to the edge of the lake and sat on a swing seat contemplating life and its great mysteries.
As usual I had my trusty compact camera with me and after a while, the local wildlife worked out I posed no threat and closed in to pose themselves !
I quite like this shot of the bird with the very photogenic pier in the background or the pier with the very photogenic bird in the foreground. Whatever. As it was almost a silhouette, I was tempted to 'make' it a black and white shot but decided there was just enough colour to leave it alone.
After sorting out world hunger and poverty and solving the Eurozone crisis by deciding Greece needed to be nuked asap, I got up and walked along the channel that leads off the lake and where all the boats are docked. This is also where most of "our" regular wildlife can be found as many of the residents simply fish from the back of their boats without either ever needing to expend energy by actually going out onto the lake.
All these birds have names but I have enough problems remembering human names without getting into bird ones !
Here is a close up of Fred. Not likely his real name. It's probably Mitt. Or Newt. Not Bubba though.
That'd be silly.
Fred was in the water at the edge of the channel, patiently waiting for a caught fish to be tossed his way. We engaged in a bit of basic line dancing for a while; I'd slowly approach him and he'd slowly wade away. I'd retreat and he'd return to his starting point.
That pretty much sums up line dancing for me although I fear I've made it far more exciting than it really is.
Before we were asked to get a room, I stopped the dance and settled where I was to take this close up.
The background is a bit distracting but as he was down the bank below the level of my feet, the water was the only background available !
The problem with carrying a camera on my park walks is that although I see loads of photo worthy views, I know I've taken them all before. Oh I might be a few inches away from where I was on a previous occasion but really, how many photos of the place do I need ?
Maybe I should go up the road to Disney World, Universal or Sea World and vary my photos a bit.
For now though, you'll have to settle for an unknown bird, a pier and......Fred.