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09 December 2012 @ 11:05 pm
Another trip to the range and Sarasota trip  
Yesterday we went to the shooting range. Gosh it was busy. Lots of people. I got to use my new pink ears. I'm not a fan of that peptobismol gross pink that's everywhere for girls now. But I do like flourecent 80's pink and that's what these are. Had there been turquoise I would have gotten that instead of course but it's a rare color really. I wore both the ear plugs and the ear muffs again because you never know what people will bring in. Sure enough I was surrounded on both sides by guys with handguns. One was .44 again and the guy on my left had some kind of revolver that was even worse. I thought the .44 was bad but my doubling up worked. But this other gun still cut through two layers of ear protection and I could feel it in the wind and through my whole body. It was piercing is a very accurate way to describe it. You don't just hear it, you feel it. And it feels like lightning going through you. I know what I'm talking about because I've been shocked a lot when I worked at the museum. I don't know what he had. It was some kind of revolver. So I didn't really get to enjoy my new gun much. I couldn't really hear it over everything else and don't remember much though I did do my better about not getting too upset. I was proud of myself. I did have to leave to give my ears a break though. The padding inside my ear cannal was also hurting. So I decided no more going to the range on weekend. Weekdays are better. Last time we had it to ourselves. Tomorrow is a day off and if we go that may happen again. I hope so.

I've come to the realization I do not like hand guns. I've gotten used to the sound of Chris's shotgun. It's a low bass boom and I like that. He was the only one with a shot gun and what was cool was that the guy on the left had brought three of his kids and when Chris started firing they were all looking to see what he was using. Even the dad was ducking to see past his target and look at Chris's target. That sound got everyone's attention and that was cool. Oh, I named his gun for him. I named it Thundercracker like the Transformer. It's so appropriate. I haven't named mine yet but I'm seriously thinking of a custom paint job. I'd love the stock to be a turquise marble and then I want a blue budgie on the end of the stock on both sides. I looked around to see what kind of paint it would take and found out for a beautiful finish it's car paint. That makes sense since it would stand up to wear and tear. It's a shame this guy is retired because of all the websites I looked for he had the best stuff and actually showed prices. Check out the fourth pic down. That's the color I want.

Now I want to share the pics from the jobs on Friday.

Wild Cucumber fruits and flowers

This is a wild cucumber Melothria pendula. It's a super tiny and cute plant.

Wild cucumbers are tiny

This is how tiny they are. They are edible when green like this.

Wild cucumber mature fruit

They turn black when ripe. DO NOT EAT! They are a powerful laxative and can make you extremely sick. Now they are purely ornamental and fun to look at.

Mature and dried Wild cucumber fruits

The tan one are dried fruits with seeds ready to spread. I harvested those.

Robins in a tree

The American Robins are down for the winter. Robins make me very happy and I love it when they are here.

Lovely Marsh

This is the habitat I found that I went nuts over it was so gorgeous and relaxing. There were two marshes or lakes and a strip of land between the two connected to another strip of land by a skinny concrete dam.

The other lake

This may looks solid but those are reeds growing on the water. I was on a little strip of land between to marsh like lakes.

A view across the lake

The lake that was on my right. There were so many birds out here and so many wonderful sounds.

Land between to lakes

This was the skinny piece of land between the two lakes. This is one of my favorite pics I took.

Florida habitat

I think those are sable palms in the distance. Lots of reeds on this side of the land strip.

Lily pads, duck potato and reeds

All these water plants made this place so lovely. It was so much nicer than the man made ponds that are empty and sterile with no plant life.

Thick with reeds

The marsh on the left was thicker with plant life. Looks like Soft Rush and Cattails.

Sable Palm grove

Nice sable palms on the far bank.

Palm Warblers

Palm Warblers

A little dam

This was a very nice little dam and a convenient connector to the other side of land. I had to cross it. No way I'd pass up that adventure. Sadly there was a dead baby little green heron in the water. You can see him on the right next to the dam.

Dead Little Green Heron

Dead baby little green heron. :(

View from the other side

I took this pic to prove I crossed this skinny wall.

American Coots

In the left marsh there were some American Coots. They have white beaks.

Tricolored heron

A tricolored heron in the left side marsh. There was bird life and song everywhere in this wonderful habitat.

Common Gallinules

Also in that same marsh was a group of Common Gallinules. They have red and yellow beaks.

Houses in the distance

There were a few lovely houses in the distance.

The view back

I wish I could have stayed longer but I had to start heading back.

Nice coots

A pair of American Coots. I don't usually like back lit images but I think this one turned out nice.

Standng on the dam

Standing on the middle of the skinny concrete dam as I head back. This was loads of fun. I wear size 8 shoes. This should give you an idea of how big this thing was. This is another of my favorite pics. I'm glad I thought to do this.

Redwinged Blackbird song

I LOVE the sound of redwinged blackbirds. They are so synonymous with wetlands and cattails.

I'm so glad Chris has a full day off. No official plans other than go to the post office to mail off some gifts and cards. I'll get most of my gift sending out of the way that way.
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on December 10th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
I love the colour of that gun, I can see why you like it! And the budgies idea is neat too.
It's funny how the little cucumbers are safe to eat at first but aren't when they turn black.
That habitat is beautiful! I love all the different kinds of birds there. I would have crossed the little bridge too, I love adventures like that!
Cheezey: Sunflowercheezey on December 10th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! Those are great pics. It looks beautiful there. That's interesting about the wild cucumbers. They look like little eggplants when they turn purple and become inedible.

Edit: Oops. Sorry, if this comment spammed your email, Silvolf. I clicked the wrong reply button. I meant to reply to the post in general.

Edited at 2012-12-10 12:38 pm (UTC)
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: AvistA wagsilvolf on December 10th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
It's ok ^^ It's happened before, especially on communities.
Des: Floridathagirion on December 10th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was nice to be out and I'm glad I spotted this place. Yeah I wonder why they are safe when immature but toxic when ripe? They are definitely very cute.
Des: Floridathagirion on December 10th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yes it's beautiful. Before I knew they could do this I was thinking of keeping it black and doing blue swirls on the body and then the budgies on the end myself. But I didn't know what kind of paint or how. Now I'd rather have it professionally done like this but worry that they wouldn't be able to put my own art on it. I need to think about how to go about it. If you look through the samples there were some pretty purple guns I think you would have liked.

Isn't it. I love how nice it was out there. It was fun to see so many kinds of different birds. Hehe that bridge was just calling to me.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on December 10th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that wild cucumber. So cute! It's pretty when it is fully ripe, but I like it best when it is green with little spots. That's cool that it is edible when green. I hope no-one ever eats it when ripe, though! I love the leaf sahpe, the tendrils, everything.

The robins are pretty.

The next photo, I don't know if you realise it or not, is a very beautiful landscape photo! I can see why you liked the place so much. Yeah, natural is better than human-made any day. Wouldn't it be beautiful to live in that house there? Especially if there were no other houses nearby. So long as there were no mosquitos. I can just imagine the landscape with only nature's sounds in it. Like you, I don't know which birds are making some of the sounds.

The next photo with the water in it is another good landscape, too. I like your sable palms. I'm guessing they are natives. Here we have native picabeen, cabbage tree and walking stick palms etc. The walking stick palms are becoming endangered because people keep cutting them down.

That's cool that you were able to identify so many of the birds :)

That guy is a wonderful artist, btw. Your ideas for your's are very original. No-one else would have one like that.

Des: Floridathagirion on December 10th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
I like both version of that cute cucumber too. Like you I like everything about the plant, the leaves the small size, the flowers and the coily tendrils.

I'm glad you liked all the photos. It was a wonderful find and the highlight of my day. Oh yes I'd love to live in that house like you said if there were no other houses near by. That would be a dream. Unfortunately there are mosquitoes. They are everywhere. People joke that they are the "state bird". They can be awful in natural areas like this.
I'm good at identifying birds if I can see them. But I suck if I only hear them. I only know a few calls off the bat with no visuals like Bluejay, Cardinal, Budgies, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles and a few others.

I know that guy is amazing. I think it's a shame and a loss to us all he quit.