Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mosaic Monday #29 - Sunny Florida

Growing up my family always came to Florida in February to break up the Ontario winter. My grandparents had a house in New Smyrna and my father's sister and family didn't live too far away. My husband and I have continued this tradition although we moved our visits from the Atlantic coast to the gulf side.
I enjoy the daily sunshine and as a hobby photographer, capturing the birds, blooms and other beautiful images of this state makes my trip gratifying. This week I'm sharing a few of these things.
It was exciting to find a whole sand dollar one year.
Due to travel next week Mosaic Monday will not be put up until early Monday morning EST. Will you let me know how this works out please as I've been thinking of changing the time of the party to then. You can leave your thoughts about the change this week and/or next week after we try it.

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42 comments:

  1. Beautiful bird mosaic.......and I love the sand dollar!

    Have a great week Judith,
    Ruby

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  2. Beautiful birds and flowers that look like birds...
    I don't know what a sand dollar is. Must google now! :)
    Thank you for hosting & Have a lovely new week!

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  3. How amazing to find a whole sand dollar! All of your pictures are so lovely, hope that you are having a great time! xx

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  4. Hello Judith, the birds are wonderful, you know they are a favorite of mine. But, I also love the blooms! We are only seeing snow here, so flowers are a lovely sight..Lovely images from your winter getaway..Thanks for hosting, enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  5. Lovely photos ! We have always stuck it out here in the cold and snow but I think when Papa retires we will be taking trips to Florida to help break up the winters for us . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  6. Gorgeous birds to photograph and I love the bird of paradise flower. The change works fine with me as I'm very flexible. Do what works best for you next week and in the future. Enjoy your last few days in the Florida sunshine. We had more snow yesterday, and today was a lovely day with temperatures just below the zero Celsius mark. Safe driving back to Ontario.

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  7. We used to visit my grandparents on the Gulf but not in winter...my husband does not like FL so we would not be breaking up winter there, but we need to figure out where we can go as we will need a break next yr or at least I will. Maybe I can show him a FL he would like....Glad you have had a nice break.

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  8. And now I get it that you are on vacation, not sure how I missed that in that I read everything and it just must have not hit. My journey to Florida was postponed due to weather and everything related to it. I shall start my adventure hopefully this Tuesday. Your birds are exquisite and as are the flowers. I am looking forward to warm ocean air. Hugs and thank you~

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  9. Your photos and mosaics are beautiful, Judith! I love the flamingo and the sailboat on sparkling water. :) I think it's great that you and your husband can escape to a warmer climate during the coldest month of winter. This year has certainly been a cold one for the east coast.

    Thanks for sharing your "slice of sunshine" with us and for hosting the party! I hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in Florida!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  10. Hi Judith,

    A call from family came in from Canada, interrupting my visit here! And speaking of Canada, you must be enjoying the wonderfully warm temps in beautiful Florida, as your lovely images show that you have been out and about! Enjoy!

    Thanks so much for hosting while on holiday!:))

    Poppy

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  11. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 29. Any day or time you choose to host is wonderful. Love joining in.
    Joy

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  12. I'm so glad you're having a wonderful month. We've sure had all kinds of weather but today it's in the 80s! Nice! Thanks for the party. I'm 'under the weather' but will visit everyone soon! Sweet hugs....don't get too close...Diane

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  13. Hi Judith, It is nice to see you up and about in a nice warm place right now... If there is one thing i wish for, it is a nice vacation house in florida too.... Enjoy!

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  14. Dearest Judith; What magnificent and elegant photographs of birds♡♡♡ Flamingo is my favorite bird as pink is my favorite color. I needed to check 'sand dollar' to know what it is :-)
    Please enjoy warm weather, temperature is getting slightly up here in my area.
    We just finished late breakfast, p:-)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  15. Lovely bird mosaic. The birds in the UK are scrabbling round for food as its so cold at the moment

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  16. What a perfect combination of images to showcase Florida! Loved them all. Thanks for taking time on your travels to host this and anytime is fine with me. . .I can look forward to it, whatever day of the week it appears!

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  17. Hi Judith so glad you are having so much fun! Love all the birds and the sand dollar! Thanks for hosting.
    Ruth

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  18. Hi Judith, The birds and flowers are beautiful but my very favorite image is of the sailboat. Beautiful capture! You are blessed to get away to sunny Florida in the wintertime! It's a wonderful tradition. Glad you have the opportunity to do this. Glad Topaz got to come along too. Safe travels. :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. Beautiful mosaics...thanks so much for this fun party.
    I'll bet that early Monday morning will work out just fine.
    xoxo

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  20. I love those pelicans! They always say winter holidays to me. How nice for you to get away to Florida where it's so familiar. I didn't know that you did that for years. And, I don't blame you one bit for getting away from the Ontario winter. It seems ghastly this year. About the MM link up; I don't have a preference at all, and usually only have Sunday evening to post so will happily link up on either day. Safe travels and see you next week. :D

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  21. What a lovely tradition to travel south for a bit each winter. Beautiful bird photos, Judith. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. I've been under the weather and although I'm slowly visiting, I don't have time or energy to comment much.
    We'll make it work whenever you decide to host MM.

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  22. Such a stunning series, Judith!

    Have a nice week ... Frauke

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  23. Nice to see you enjoying warmth and sunshine for your break....lovely photos :)

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  24. Nothing to post and no time to post it if I had had it, this week, but your mosaics are lovely. I love the first one especially. I think Monday mornings are fine, though I do think people tend to hang out at their computers on Sunday evenings.

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  25. Judith,
    We love the New Smyrna area. We like to go to Canaveral National Seashore.

    Tim's mom is in Sanford, and his sister is in Orange City.

    Deanna

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  26. Oh, how I do love seeing your gorgeous beach photos from my next-door-neighbor state! Thanks for bringing a bit of the seashore to us in winter! (I think I'm going to feel a little sad this year when you have to go home.)

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  27. LOVE your sunny Florida Mosaics today! Any time is fine with me for Mosaic Monday!

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  28. Hi Judith,
    Glad you are enjoying your holiday in sunny Florida! You are getting some lovely shots on your walks.
    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  29. Oh my goodness, Judith- your Florida pics are stunning! You have captured the beauty and color of the area quite well, my friend. Golly does a beach, ocean, warm breezes and vacation sound good right now. Thanks for "taking us along" with you today! : - ) And thanks for hosting!

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  30. This looks like you have life all sorted enjoying the warmth of Florida in the midst of winter! I have never seen a sand dollar before!
    Thank you for hosting Wren x

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  31. love your blog. Beautiful photography. I will follow to see more. Thanks for the inspiration Thel,

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  32. Happy Birthday, Judith! It is a balmy -25 Celsius here in southern Ontario.

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  33. Hi Judith! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday. I always love how you take pictures. You are so talented. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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  34. I'm a little partial to the Gulf Coast since I live only 25 minutes north of Galveston. You captured a great variety of shore birds here... :)

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  35. Your photographs of the birds and blooms are wonderful and a welcomed sight. I also love the one of the sand dollar...beautiful!

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  36. Ah, lucky you in the sun and warmth! Looks heavenly! And those bird photos are wonderful. Enjoy, Judith!

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  37. Hi Judith,
    Your mosaics are so gorgeous today! I would love to visit the Tea House in your previous post. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  38. I always love your photos - and these are super spectacular. They really bring in the sunshine and warmth on this cool, cloudy PNW day.

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  39. Hi Judith! Great pictures (as usual). I really liked the flamingo picture next to the bird of paradise picture. How appropriate :)

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  40. loved the bird pictures, as well as the rest! You captured Florida very well! I love Mosaic Mondays....I am amazed and in awe every week at the talent and the variety of the beautiful photos everyone posts!! Thanks for letting us all participate in this neat opportunity!

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