This elegant mermaid graces the prow of the Barcelona Explorer, a teak and mahogany 100ft motorsailing charter yacht. Usually in the Bahamas, she is docked at our marina for some upkeep and maintenance.
The rosy wolfsnail, or cannibal snail, preys on other snails and slugs. It is considered speedy (for a snail). They are relatively large. This guy was almost 3 inches long.
This thunderstorm passed us to the SE, but briefly gave us winds strong enough to blow flying egrets backwards.
This daily visitor to our docklines has grown to tolerate us coming quite near while he fishes, but he is still wary- so we are careful to make no sudden moves.
A Tricolor heron perched on a dock line stops hunting to assess whether I am a threat or can be safely ignored. This compact predator is about 9 inches tall, unless he stretches out his neck, in which case he’s a little over a foot in height.
A male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lights outside a dress shop in Uptown St. Augustine. He is about the size of your open palm. Females may also be yellow, but have an iridescent blue wash about their tails which the males lack. Females can also exhibit a protective dark coloration, which mimics the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail.
Bad weather, looks to be coming fast. Already the wind is moaning in the rigging.
A red-winged blackbird sings his heart out from his perch atop the young cattail plants lining the San Sebastian river.
Mermaids are kind of a thing here in St. Augustine.
For the last few days, tree limbs have been full of large immobile dragonflies. Even when I shake the branches, they remain perched, motionless. It’s as if they’re on standby atop some alien insectoid flightdeck, awaiting instructions from Mission Control. Shiver.