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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

They Call Her Winter.....


NO, that's not how the song went...... It was "They call him Flipper!" and he was one of my best buds growing up.  We NEVER  missed a show, and he was so smart and cute.

I'm just tickled that the girls now have a dolphin friend to grow up with, AND they were able to meet her while we vacationed on Florida's West Coast last week.

(Make sure you scroll through ALL the way to the last picture!  It's so worth it!)

I tried to give the girls hints about their big surprise by loading up the van with dolphin books, and a DS game about marine life and dolphins, but it didn't quite hit until we put them in the van Monday, and they finally asked the age-old question,

"Where are we going?"

"Clearwater Marine Aquarium"

"HEY!  Isn't that where Winter is?"

"YEP!"

Cue raucous noise coming from the back of the van as they FINALLY put books, games, and stuff together to get all the clues.  Silly girls!


DANG!  No Kris Kristofferson or Harry Connick Jr. in sight!   Now if you are my age, probably one of the first R-rated movies you ever saw without your parents was A Star Is Born with Kris and Miss Barbra.  If you did, then you know why this man will always have a special place in my heart!  WOW!  I can sing every song on the movie track....but I digress....


No Rufus in sight either!  Whew!


It took me a couple looks, but check out the tail on this sculptured dolphin!  How neat is that?


One of Winter's friends.


A sea turtle coming up for air and a visit.


 Yeah Me!  A good dolphin picture!  I NEVER take good ones!


OOOH!  Another one!  Not meaning to sound cocky, but you would not believe how many pics I have taken of these critters only to get part of a nose or tail or just a splash!


There is our star, a bit camera shy.


I believe a nice lady who worked at the aquarium told us this was Tail # 17.  Poor Bear was having "a moment," but good ol' mom put her in the picture anyway.


Getting better.


Otters are really cute......from a distance!  MAN do they stink!  They have to be first cousins to the skunks!


This is a sting ray......more about them in a later blog!


Oooh  Ahhh


Lurking just beneath the surface......a Jaws moment!



And now back to our star.....






This little dude almost came home with me.  I just couldn't bring myself to tell Tall Guy I wanted him.  He about had a fit when he realized he was NOT leaving the aquarium without the girls adding to their very extensive stuffed animal collection.   Silly man!



And now for the real live dolphins out in the wild, just off the beach from where we stayed.  They had quite the feeding frenzy with schools of fish in the morning and at night.

This first kind of picture always scares me because I just never quite know what is under those fins: dolphins or sharks.


Whew!


 Pretty neat!


Are you ready for my pride and joy?

I did save the best for last!




A momma and her baby!  I can't begin to describe the happy dance I did when I zoomed in and saw this picture! 

Here's the original to show you what I mean and the benefits of editing your pictures:

I know!  Editing is a huge pay off some days!

Next post:  Sting rays or Manta rays?  Can you tell the difference while you are in the water with them?

Time to go mow some more pasture, I mean barn lot!  GEEZ this stuff is growing fast!

Have a great day!

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Lana! What a terrific experience this was for the girls, something they will remember forever. And hopefully they will get to visit again and again. These times are SO worth it, aren't they!

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  2. Fantastic pics Lana! You have created lasting memories for your family.

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  3. It looks like yall had a great time. I absolutely love being able to get one of those kind of great shots too! Awesome pic of mom and her baby.

    Have a great week!

    Ashley

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  4. WOW you got some great pics girl. That is amazing. What a fun surprise for the girls too. I loved Flipper too!!!!

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