During our last trip on the boat..on the St Johns River, FL, we had to tie up to the city dock in Palatka, Fl to make engine repairs. Our alternator had quit and Jim was going to replace it with a new one.

We didn’t realize the shrimp were running and how busy the dock would be at night with folks trying to catch as many as they could. It was a lot of fun.

Everyone was using cast nets and their catch was dumped on the dock…shrimp went into a pail and small fish tossed back into the water.

The next morning the Herons flew in. 003cs

The were all over the dock looking for fish or shrimp that may have been missed.005cs

They were so beautiful against the sunrise.010cs

There were several squabbles over the choicest pieces found..008cs

Even though they chased each other off…they kept coming back…..007cs

Our engine problem turned out to have a good side ….we spent the evening with a nice bunch of “Shrimpers” and watched the start of a Bass Tournament this morning ..and then the Herons flew in. There is always good in most everything….if you just look for it.  Of course, I wasn’t the one leaning over a hot engine trying to figure out what was wrong….so Jim may not completely agree with me.


  1. Shrimpin' on the St. Johns? Learn something everyday!

  2. The photos of the herons with the sunrise in the background are fantastic!

  3. Beautiful birds and beautiful pictures of them... :)

  4. Beautiful! I love herons. Pics are beautiful, too!

  5. I love the soft colors of the sunrise Carol. It sounds like a lovely relaxing evening.

  6. What awesome photos, so soft and majestic!

  7. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for following my blog. My husband grew up around Homasassa(sp?) and Inglis.
    We all loved the previous alligator pics!

  8. I'm glad your engine trouble had a silver lining. The photos of the herons in the rosy light are just beautiful.
    I love your gator header.

  9. Wow! Super blog Carol. Thanks for allowing your followers to follow.
    Thanks for checking in on my blog and in answer to your question about muskrats and beavers. The 2 species often reside and put up with each other very well-in a Beavers house.
    God bless and keep up the great photography.

  10. What an interesting blog you have. It strikes me that you are in the completely opposite place from me as far as nature goes. I'm in the desert mountains of California and nature and wildlife are my passions too. Looking forward to visiting again.--Inger

  11. Some lovely pictures here.
    Sometimes things happen which is a Blessing in Disguise. (car problem)

  12. I just came across your blog and I love your photos, they are gorgeous. Florida sounds very good to me right now. We were down there last month, but I could go again. We just received another 4 inches of snow here and the temps are supposed to go to 10 below by this weekend...Looking forward to your future postings. Greetings from Indiana...Heidi

  13. What glorious captures of both bird and changing light.

    Thanks for the visit.

    The only relevant site I could find was http://www.myaushorse.com/general/links.php
    There is one place listed there in Victoria, our neighbouring state.
    It is Aylesbury Lodge in Seymour Vic., unfortunately their web page is under construction. I hope this helps.

    I love both your nature blogs and will definitely be following.