We visited Birds of Paradise in Bradenton, which is an exotic bird rescue operation with an amazing collection of profoundly noisy birds. They are doing great work to keep these extremely intelligent birds as happy as possible.
I have to say that this guy has an encyclopedic knowledge of plants, particularly edible plants of Florida, and beyond that, Deane has fascinating stories about each plant. A great way to spend St Patrick’s day!
There were ten or twelve spoonbills down by the weir in Myakka River State Park, and this fella was really working on getting clean.
We went to Plant City for the annual Strawberry Festival, and more than the strawberries, the food booths caught my eye. They always do at these events — they are such pieces of art, and they represent the livelihoods of their inhabitants in many cases.