Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Skimmers of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island 2015

A mile or so South along Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island is a stretch of beach chosen by The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) as a nesting site. They lay their eggs in depressions they make in the sand.

Anna Maria Island 2015


It is quite a busy place with constant squawking as adult birds come and go in a constant effort to supply the chicks with small fish.

Anna Maria Island 2015

Anna Maria Island 2015

There are many shore birds who lay their eggs right out in the open. I have even seen small shore birds with eggs right in the middle of railroad tracks.

Anna Maria Island 2015

The chicks seem very vulnerable out on the sand and their first instinct is to hunker down and hide. The parent birds will aggressively defend them if  you approach to closely.

Anna Maria Island 2015

There are casualties but they are far outweighed by the numbers that will survive.

Anna Maria Island 2015

This colony has grow over the last few years.
It is a delight to see them on the beach and observe their behavior! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Anna Maria 2015 half over.


We are at the half way day here at the beach. I feel so clean and brown like a fresh baked dinner roll.

This morning's swim included a visit from a lonely manatee who allowed me scratch it's back before continuing north to parts unknown. Always a joy to have one of God's creatures acknowledge my time on the planet with them.


The wild life is thriving around here. There are so many skimmer chick's the dead ones are out numbered 20 to 1.



Being here makes me think of all the people I have shared this time in history with these few decades. I have been blessed with so many souls to love over the years. I pray they simply walk in the Word and spare themselves any messes that are so easily made when we carelessly feed our lusts.




Psalms 119:105-106  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Brother Camping

Brother Camping

Stayed over night on a small island in Tampa Bay last evening. My brother and I had been planning the excursion for a couple weeks!

Brother Camping

This is an island my father used to take us to and I would guess this is the fourth time I have stayed the night there.

Brother Camping

It was a beautiful sunny day followed by a rainy afternoon. We went on a Monday believing there would be no one to out on the water. We had three four boats stop and over fourteen individuals wandering the small island. Lots of folks enjoying creation.

Brother Camping

Joe caught a jack as the storm approached.

Brother Camping

After the rain subsided enough to put the steak on the grill we cooked it up and ate it with glee.



Brother Camping

Brother Camping

We then basked in the glow of a most amazing sunset!

Brother Camping

As night fell we retreated to the fire and when the time was right my brother crawled into his tent and I climbed into my hammock which promptly broke under my every increasing girth. Don't worry I fixed and and fell asleep as a cool breeze blew the entire night.

Brother Camping

God by His Grace and through His Word has been so faithful to us. Our Family could not be stronger and we grow ever closer as the time moves us closer and closer to our exit from this amazing planet He has gifted us. There is nothing complicated about life although it has it's sorrows His Joy can be had through it all. It is quite reasonable to expect with reliance on Him that you can make the right choices and maintain innocence vital to all your relationships.

1My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.  

Proverbs 3: 1-8

Brother Camping


God bless you all and especially all the little ones who know me as Mr. Billy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eggs on a Tomato

Tomato Eggs

On the 23rd of  May as I was harvesting Cherry Tomatoes I discovered a cluster of tiny eggs attached to one of the chosen.

Tomato Eggs

Closer inspection revealed an amazing sight! Very ornate little spheres!

The Hatch!

This morning the 26th of May 4 days later this is the scene that met my eyes.

The Hatch!

They have popped out and near as I can tell they are Stink Bugs what variety I know not.When I took them out back in the morning light to my delight and amazement this is what happened!



I believe these to be Brown Stink Bugs Euschistus servus

Genesis 1:31King James Version (KJV)

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Brofishing Memorial Day 2015

Brofishing May 25, 2015

Well what can I say we went fishing again today! You never know what you will reel in and that is part of the fun!

Brofishing May 25, 2015

The sun was bright, the sky blue and the water was a clear, cool, yellow-green but were the fish biting? Yes!

Brofishing May 25, 2015

Brofishing May 25, 2015

Brofishing May 25, 2015

Wow we caught two really fine specimens. We caught Snook and Spotted Sea Trout and although we did not catch him I saw a fine Red Drum swim by!



You know what makes all this really special? Every last thing about it is a gift. We did not ask to be born. We did not bring any of these creatures into being; nor could we. We are not even responsible for the next beat of our hearts. It is all a gift no strings attached from our Father in Heaven! It is all God's Grace!

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13