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To Paraphrase Neil Sedaka - Catching Up is Hard To Do

Yo! *standing on a box, waving madly* Remember me? Marcia? I'm the Official St. Johns River Eco Tours Blogger. Yeah, the one who hasn't been blogging for months and months. But remember way, way back--before September 10, 2017? Before the Wicked Witch of the South (Hurricane Irma) threw a tree at us, smashed our garage and cars to smithereens, and brought a hoard of contractors, roofers, stonemasons, electricians, plumbers, drywall hangers, framers, and painters down on our heads? I used to come around weekly in those long ago days, and regale you (to the best of my abilities) with images and what I hope was witty commentary on all things related to central Florida wildlife and habitats. Any of this ring a bell? I hope so, because what I wanted to tell you is--I'm back!

Okay, I know I made a few feeble attempts at coming back over the six months it took for my life to return to normal, but this time, I really, really mean it. No, seriously. I do. And to prove it, I have news to share with you today. And pretty pictures, too. So without further ado, let the fanfare begin! *trumpets sounding, here*

Ahem. For the entire month of April, your friend and mine, Doug Little, is the special guest of the Enterprise Heritage Center and Museum, with an exhibit of his fantastic wildlife photography on display for the first time ever! This is something you do not want to miss, believe me. Doug's photography gets better every year, and this exhibit will focus on his very best work. Do yourself a favor and take time to check it out. The exhibit is free of charge, but donations to the non-profit museum are gratefully accepted. Here are the particulars.

 

 

Just to whet your appetite, I'd like to share some of my favorite Doug Little photographs.


American Alligator - Small


American Alligator - Medium


American Alligator - Giant Economy Size


Purple Gallinule


Swallow-tailed Kite


Bobcat in the Ferns


Great Egret in Full Breeding Regalia

There. I think that should give you an idea of how fantastic Doug's photography really is. Hope you'll stop by Enterprise Heritage Museum any time during the month of April, and see for yourself. Of course, should you choose to visit the museum on Saturday, April 28, you'll get double the fun. This year, I have launched a new series called Central Florida's Fabulous Wildlife, and on April 28, I'll be at the museum, sharing an overview of presentations to come. And, being a firm believer in taking advantage of happy coincidences, Doug Little is going to join me as my very special guest.

Along with my slide presentation, Doug and I will be sharing our combined knowledge of central Florida birds and wildlife. We will also be taking Questions and Answers, both as we go through the slides, and at the end. And finally, we will both be available afterwards to sign our books and calendars. Here are the details.

 

The presentation is also free, but once again, this wonderful little museum depends largely on contributions and grants to sustain itself, so any and all donations will be gratefully accepted. I do hope you are reaching for a writing implement even as you read this, and marking the date on your calendar. I know both Doug and I would love to see your smiling face in the audience for this one. It's going to be a lot of fun, guaranteed!

Once again, I apologize for my long absence. It takes a staggering amount of work to dig yourself out from under a tree and the resulting chaos that occurs when you fall so very far behind on all aspects of your life. As the heading of this post proclaims (with all apologies to Mr. Sedaka), catching up is hard to do. But I'm getting closer each day, and I do think I'll be able to resume my weekly posts here on #NotesFromTheRiver. I've missed being able to chat about nature with you guys, and am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

That's it for this week, folks!

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See you next Wednesday with a post about Migrating Birds in Central Florida,
 including some of our most common  and confusing LBJs. (Little Brown Jobs).

 

 

Three Common LBJs (Little Brown Jobs)
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