Saturday, September 26, 2015

Road Trip Southwest Florida!

Road Trip South Central Florida

Took a little road trip through some quaint little towns along the highways of Southwestern  Florida. There are so many lovely rural roads to explore!

400 miles round trip !

Road Trip South Central Florida

It is always fun to find a local place to eat! The mom and pops are the best and are farther and fewer between in today's day and age. Contreras combination meal!

Road Trip South Central Florida

Old Florida is disappearing quickly so if you want to see what was before there are only walmarts for scenery you better get out there now. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Brofishing September 20, 2015

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

Six hours in the quest for fish. You never know for sure what you will encounter out on the bay and you may know what species are currently biting but catching them is a different story. The conditions were warm with very light winds today. The sky was blue with puff white clouds above. We very quickly encountered fish.

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

There were Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorini) just about everywhere we went and on this day we caught more of their species than others. I am making a mental note to look for them every September late in the month.

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

The first fish I was able to catch was another pelagic. I do believe this is only the second I have caught over the years. The first one I think was back in 2008. It is a bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix).

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

Both of the aforementioned species are equipped with razor sharp teeth and are eating machines! If you do not use wire leader you will be cut off 9 times out of 10!

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

Everything was in abundance. We saw a large sea turtle and have been seeing more in the last two years than in all the previous years of this life combined. The bait was everywhere in huge numbers and large individual sizes. It is a joy to see creation thriving!

Winter is on it's way and the creatures are using this time of abundance to stock up on calories! Good time for fishing!

Brofishing Sept. 20, 2015

They only righteous Puffers are those who were designed that way!

I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

1 Corinthians 4:14-21

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Brofishing September 8, 2015

Brofishing Sept. 8, 2015

Another incredible day on the water! Last year around this time of the year we began the best Red Drum catching month of our measly little lives! This year looks like it is going to be another spectacular season for fishing these beauties!

We were next to the only ones on the water in comparison to most days. I suppose Labor day had take is full measure of leisure lust from the the conformists.

Brofishing Sept. 8, 2015

We each were able to catch a respectable fish.

Brofishing Sept. 8, 2015

Of course the ones that go away would have been record breakers!

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters.
Psalms 29:3

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Jewelry of Death

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

A neighbor pointed out a small dead opossum on her lawn while I was over to help her discard some building material in here trash can. She mentioned it in the way that you know you are somehow to do something about it without actually saying get rid of the dead thing will you! On my way back across the street I snatched it up and brought it home.

My solution for disposing of most anything organic is fire. I can save myself having to cut and bundle mounds and mounds of brush by stoking up a hot fire and feeding it all of the clippings. I threw the opossum on the pile and set the conglomeration a light. Not long after the rain came.

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

The next morning these little jewels arrived to adorn the charred and rotting body of the dearly departed! These Blow Flies (Calliphoridae) were very enthusiastic about their find and in the video I recorded it looked as though the data was a double speed during playback but amazingly it was real time.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you peoples;
    listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
    rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
    the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
I will turn my ear to a proverb;
    with the harp I will expound my riddle:
Why should I fear when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth
    and boast of their great riches?
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—
so that they should live on forever
    and not see decay.
10 For all can see that the wise die,
    that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
    leaving their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,
    though they had[c] named lands after themselves.
12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
    they are like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
 and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
    he will surely take me to himself.
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,
    who will never again see the light of life.
20 People who have wealth but lack understanding
    are like the beasts that perish.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bird's Nest Fungus

Bird's Nest Fungus!

Found these spectacular little creations growing under the Sweet Potato Plant! They are Bird Nest Fungi (Nidulariaceae) and as soon as I laid eyes on them I was reminded that my amazing Father in Heaven knows me and loves me now and forever! These remind me of this post!

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14

Bird's Nest Fungus

Upon further inspection I discovered the small peridioles high above these little cups on the leaves and stems of the sweet potato vine they reside under. I thought to myself they must somehow propel themselves into the air and my next thought was could it be they rain? After researching the subject I find this, "Rain drops falling at approximately six meters per second strike the cup and eject the peridioles to a distance of three to four feet." Amazing!