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Winter Snow Storm Report

As I'm sure many of you know, Boston was hit pretty hard by a massive snow storm a few weekends ago. It was fun to watch from the inside but I did wander out a few times to get these shots:

The night before...


...and morning after!



Apollo the snow beagle was loving it. Sounds like we can expect more snow tonight, I hope everyone in the Northeast stays warm and safe!

Nantucket Fishing

This weekend Seth and I visited his sister's family on Nantucket. His brother-in-law just bought a sweet fishing boat which he was more than happy to take us out on. The insane, roller-coaster waves (thank goodness for Dramamine) tossed us around but it was so nice to be out on the water. As much as I love boating, I don't think I've ever been out fishing so this was a new experience! Seth's sister was fishing for bonito and blue fish for a tournament and she managed to snag two-

Fish on!

A small bonito. Don't worry, he was returned to the sea after being measured!

Puppy in the Garden

This weekend I checked out my friend's garden (really a mini-farm) and also got to meet Akira, this adorable 4-month-old lab/husky mix. She was both chill and playful which is rare in a puppy! She was also nice enough to let me take a few photos of her-

Fierce!

We also witnessed a first time potato harvest-

Zero New Washington Street Dog Park

It was 70 degrees on Friday so Apollo and I decided to check out a new dog park we've been hearing about in Somerville. He had a blast; all the dog walkers were bringing their "clients," and there seemed to be no less than 14 or 15 dogs there the whole time. There was a ton of room to run, balls to chase, things to climb on, tunnels to run through, etc. Another bonus is that there is plenty of free parking, but it was only a 5 minute walk from the Sullivan Square T stop too.

Making friends

Weeeeeee!

Aaaaand spent.

Birds of Sarasota (and St. Pete)

A cormorant

When I bought a used telephoto lens recently, I did it mainly because it was being sold at a good price and I'm in the process of building up my lens collection. I didn't really know what I'd use it for, my first thought being, "what am I going to take photos of with this, birds?!"

Well, yes, as it turns out. This past week I've been in Florida with my mom and we took an awesome eco boat tour out of Mote Marine. We got to see a lot of animals including some pretty impressive birds. I've never been a huge bird person but with this lens and these rare (to me) creatures, I might be hooked-

Great Egret

Roseate Spoonbill (check out their pink eyes!)

White Pelicans (and cormorants)

We also went to St. Petersburg, home to these birds-

Pelican

Pelican

Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron was hanging out on the sea wall with some fisherman; he didn't seem to mind being close to humans at all. The white pelicans are the "original snow birds," they come down from Canada. The roseate spoonbills are the only truly pink birds found in nature (flamingos don't count since they turn pink because of their diet!). See? There's more to a Florida vaca then just laying out in the sun... although I did enjoy that too... :)