September 21, 2009

pelican starts with p




These pictures are courtesy of my son... the CAMera Guy. He took them a few years ago with his Gramma... and I love them. Of course, I do love pelicans anyway. They are part of my first Florida experience... and when Florida comes to mind I automatically think pelicans and palm trees. I never thought that I would actually live here though... and that those pelicans and palm trees would be a part of my everyday life. Yes, I am a lucky girl.

I fell in love with pelicans on the pier in St. Petersburg. The was this ramshackle bait shop... selling bait, of course, but also trying to make the most of his hungry pelican situation by selling fish as "Pelican Food" and offering the opportunity to feed the pelicans. We did buy a little bag of fish... and those hungry birds flocked to our feet... beaks open and ready for their snack. I don't think I had the guts to touch one of those fish, but my parents fed the pelicans and we laughed outrageously at the pelican who stole the plastic bag that had once contained the fish. (Suz, I'm sure he was just going to recycle that baggie... no hate mail, please!)

Last summer on the beach we watched them fly so close to the water that their wings would just skim the surface... or we'd laugh as they spotted a fish in the depths of the ocean and dive straight down. Bombers! Cam would yell... and he dubbed it the the summer of peace, love and pelicans.

Pelican starts with P... and they make me happy.

I was so sorry to miss a couple more weeks of Jen's Z to A game... hopefully I am right back on track. I'm headed there now... to see what other things start with P!

10 comments:

julie said...

my mom used to collect pelicans! she still has them displayed! i love them too! those are great pictures! he did good!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Peace, love and Pelicans. I love this. I love Cam's shots of these funny looking birds. I have a lot of sympathy for these guys who hang out at the pier as most of them end up with hooks in them. :(

They should recycle too...yes, we should all do this to save our oceans!!! :0

Jen said...

Happy Minday Dawn!
Great Pictures of the Pelicans- Cam did a Perfect job of capturing them.

Margaret said...

Pelicans are comical birds. I wish they would frequent our beaches here up north. So much more character than the french-fry-stealing gulls that we have!

jenn said...

There are just some things about some places that you visit (or live) that are just wonderful! I remember sitting on the Florida beach watching those pelicans--they are amazing and I would have LOVED an opportunity to feed them!

Mildred said...

Beautiful pictures and when I think of FL, I think of pelicans too! Hope you have a good afternoon.

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

What great pictures! And I love pelicans, too. They really CAN be pretty!

Ben said...

I wish we could import pelicans to Ohio - they are fun to watch. Nice choice!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Good P word. Can't say that I ever met a Pelican in Person! You son is a good Photographer...Perhaps he will make it a Profession!
Blessings Dawn! X-Cassie

Pelican Cases said...

I love these pelican pictures. The first shot is classic, and he looks so shy. I totally agree with eveyone else, and your son has a future in photography. I also would like to see them up north more, the seagulls are not a good alternative. But on the other hand, I don't think Florida would be quite the same without the exclusiveness of the pelicans down there.