I have been here in Port Richey, Florida for about four days now. Yes, I know I left on the fifth, but, I never actually arrived in Port Richey until after 2 AM. Let me say that the differences are…amazing.
Right now, in Plattsburgh, it’s still Winter. It snowed yesterday, and I am sure it was cold. Sure, it’s Winter here in Florida, too. That word doesn’t have the same meaning, though.
Each day has been absolutely beautiful, weather-wise. Even now it’s sunny outdoors and 73 degrees. I have been told that they experienced a pretty cold number of days–somewhere in the high 30s–before I came.
It’s a bit of a shock. When I left Plattsburgh it was 27 out, and cloudy. When I landed, it was near 60 here, and–though it was nighttime–there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
The weather isn’t only the big change. I mean, obviously the weather is bound to be different, being in the souther US. The wildlife, though, is a change I have happily accepted.
I love birds, and may have mentioned so. The wild birds here are quite the difference from the chickadees, and cardinals that I am used to seeing. Yes, I have seen a couple cardinals, but the local birds are…well…bigger.
Just outside my Dad’s apartment is a sizable pond. It attracts some of the most beautiful–and a couple of the most ugly–birds I have ever seen. Since I have been here I have seen the following, and this is just in the pond.
- Little Blue Heron (pictured above)
- Wood Stork
- White Ibis (my favorite of the bunch)
- Great Egret
- Muscovy Ducks
- Florida Soft-shell Turtle
- A couple of mysterious fish (unseen for the most part)
This is very unlike anything I have seen at home, and with the local flora, has made this visit particularly rich. It’s amazing to see animals like those, basically in one’s back yard!