Airboat Ride and American Alligators………

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Julie, Chelsea and I went on an airboat ride located at Airboat Rides at Midway 28501 E. Colonial Drive, Christmas, FL 32709.  The ride lasted an hour and a half and was very interesting and delightful at the same time.  The ride took us on St. John’s River in the Central Florida Everglades.  Florida is in a severe drought right now causing the water level to be very low.  We were fortunate that there were about 7 to 10 inches of water that allowed us to still proceed with the ride.

This photo was taken as we pulled away from the airboat dock.

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The American alligator as listed by National Geographic:

The American alligator is a rare success story of an endangered animal not only saved from extinction but now thriving. State and federal protections, habitat preservation efforts, and reduced demand for alligator products have improved the species’ wild population to more than one million and growing today.

One look at these menacing predators—with their armored, lizard-like bodies, muscular tails, and powerful jaws—and it is obvious they are envoys from the distant past. The species, scientists say, is more than 150 million years old, managing to avoid extinction 65 million years ago when their prehistoric contemporaries, the dinosaurs, died off.

American alligators reside nearly exclusively in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Louisiana……………….

Adult alligators are apex predators critical to the biodiversity of their habitat. They feed mainly on fish, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. However, they are opportunists, and a hungry gator will eat just about anything, including carrion, pets and, in rare instances, humans.

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The birds in the above photo are black vultures that were feeding on a dead alligator or carrion.  These social  raptors were frightened away by the noisy sound of the airboat.  As soon as we were out of sight the feasting resumed.  (Vultures are often referred to as buzzards but that is an incorrect name for this bird.)

Vultures: Coragyps attratus  from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Appearance:

Two species of vulture occur in Florida, the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and the black vulture (Coragyps atratus).

Turkey vultures have reddish heads while the heads of black vultures are black. The turkey vulture holds its wings in a slight “V” while soaring, whereas the black vulture’s wings are held straight. The tail of the black vulture is usually more fanned out in flight and is shorter and broader than that of the turkey vulture.

The black vulture flaps its wings more and soars less than its relative. From below it has whitish patches near the tips of the wings, whereas the wings of the turkey vulture lack these patches.

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I could not believe how large the alligator’s mouth can stretch.  You can definitely understand how a small animal could be devoured by the massive mouth of this reptile.  As we saw many cattle grazing along the riverbank we were troubled by the photographed young calf that was getting too close to this alligator.  The pilot of the airboat went very close to the alligator to scare off the alligator.  Those of us on the airboat did not want to see an unfortunate incident.  We were all relieved to see the alligator leave.

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The photo above was taken as we were zooming along the water.  I was amazed at how fast the alligator could swim.  Alligators can swim up to 20 miles an hour and can run up to 11 miles an hour on land.  They look heavy and awkward but they really are very agile and swift.

We learned many facts about the area of the St. John’s River and saw a plethora of wild life.  It was a great day for an airboat ride in the central Everglades of Florida.

 

26 in Orlando……..

Today is Chelsea’s 26th birthday.  We spent the entire day at Universal Studios in Orlando.  We had a fantastic day watching how excited Chelsea was at this magical place.

Gethsemane……………………….

 

Jesus climbed the hill to the garden still

His steps were heavy and slow

Love and a prayer took Him there

To the place only He could go

Gethsemane, Jesus loves me

So, He went willingly to Gethsemane

He felt all that was sad, wicked or bad

All the pain we would ever know

While His friends were asleep

His promises He made long ago

Gethsemane, Jesus loves me

So, He went willingly to Gethsemane

The hardest thing that ever was done

The greatest pain that ever was known

The biggest battle that ever was won

This was done by Jesus

The fight was won by Jesus

Gethsemane, Jesus loves me

So, He gave His gift to me in Gethsemane

Gethsemane, Jesus loves me

So He gives His gift to me from Gethsemane

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This song was written by Melanie Hoffman & is found on her “Stories of Jesus” CD (all beautiful, original songs). Purchase at HoffmanHouse.com: http://www.hoffmanhouse.com/stories.html
The singer for “Gethsemane” is 9-yr.-old Hannah Ford.

Jesus Christ was and is the Son of the Almighty God. He was the only perfect man to walk the earth. He healed the sick and caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear. He raised the dead. Yet He allowed His own life to be taken in an act of atonement, the magnitude of which is beyond our comprehension.

In the Garden of Gethsemane was the beginning of the process of His Atonement – the payment for all of our sin, and our opportunity to live in glory after death. There, Jesus offered His beautiful Intercessory prayer on our behalf. As the weight of our sin and sorrow weighed down upon him, he asked the Father if it was possible for “this cup (task) to be removed” – as it seemed too much to bear. Luke records that this anguish was so great that his sweat was as it were “great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22 : 44), a physical manifestation of his pain. However he stated it was not as he willed, but as the Father willed it. And he continued.

After the agony of Gethsemane came His arrest, His trials, His condemnation, then the unspeakable pain of His death on the cross. Jesus endured all of this for us. Just before his death upon the cross, he declared “It is finished”. The full payment and sacrifice was complete.

Jesus’ body was buried in Josephs tomb. On the third day, He rose in a triumphant Resurrection and appeared to many.

None of us can fully comprehend the splendor of His life, His death, and His universal gift to humankind. However, we may declare with the centurion who said at His death, “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15 : 39). I believe in Him and I love Him.

To learn more about Jesus Christ, go to: http://jesuschrist.lds.org/SonOfGod/eng/

 

 

#PRINCEofPEACE

“And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

 

During Holy Week (April 9-16), plan to learn more about eight principles of peace: faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, God’s word, prayer, and hope. The Easter website and Church social media sites will feature one principle each day of Holy Week with a video about an individual’s experience finding peace by living that principle.Learn Principles of Peace from the #Prince of Peace

More than 2,000 years after Isaiah called Him the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ is still our key to peace. This year, in the week leading up to Easter, focus on one of the eight principles below to honor Him and find His peace in your life.

Who Is Jesus Christ?

“Who is Jesus Christ? Watch this 60 second video on Christ and His relevance. Learn the names he goes by; The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords. Learn of the greatest gift we can receive, the sacrifice and atonement of his life so we can live again.Transcript:There’s one name that pretty much everyone in the world knows, but maybe not everyone really, knows.That name is Jesus Christ. He’s The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, He’s the reason we have Christmas. You know His teachings: love your enemies, love one another, and if you love me, keep my commandments. But despite knowing all this, people still wonder who was Jesus and why is He still relevant today.We begin with His title: “Christ.” It points to the fact that Jesus was not just a man or a teacher. He is the promised Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament who would come to save his people, that’s all of us by the way, from sin and death. He’s proof that God loves all His children. Jesus is also “The Son.” Or, in other words, the Son of God. That’s what gave Him the power to come to Earth, share God’s teachings, and perform great miracles. His greatest miracle is giving every human being the opportunity to have life and happiness beyond mortality. All we have to do is believe in Him, and try our best to follow His example and teachings. Sometimes we fail, but that’s exactly why Jesus came to earth in the first place and why He’s still relevant for each of us today.But really we’ve only just begun. So click a button and find out more about Jesus the Christ.”Transcript:There’s one name that pretty much everyone in the world knows, but maybe not everyone really, knows.That name is Jesus Christ. He’s The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, He’s the reason we have Christmas. You know His teachings: love your enemies, love one another, and if you love me, keep my commandments. But despite knowing all this, people still wonder who was Jesus and why is He still relevant today.We begin with His title: “Christ.” It points to the fact that Jesus was not just a man or a teacher. He is the promised Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament who would come to save his people, that’s all of us by the way, from sin and death. He’s proof that God loves all His children. Jesus is also “The Son.” Or, in other words, the Son of God. That’s what gave Him the power to come to Earth, share God’s teachings, and perform great miracles. His greatest miracle is giving every human being the opportunity to have life and happiness beyond mortality. All we have to do is believe in Him, and try our best to follow His example and teachings. Sometimes we fail, but that’s exactly why Jesus came to earth in the first place and why He’s still relevant for each of us today.

Snow Goose………

On a recent weekend trip to St. George, Utah we decided to take the long way to get there.  We decided to travel off the freeway and journey to the small town of Delta, Utah.  (Delta has a population of approximately, 3,500.)

I had heard about the snow goose happenings and was hoping to see the phenomenon for myself.  We missed the festival but we were able to see the geese.  The flock took up the entire length of the Gunnison Bend Reservoir.

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Millard County’s Snow Goose Festival is the second largest wildlife festival in the State of Utah. It is held annually in February at the Gunnison Bend Reservoir. Delta is on the path for the Lesser Snow Geese, who are in flight from Imperial Valley, California, to the Anderson River in northern Canada. They begin their flight in early February and arrive in the Delta area about mid-month. They feed in the nearby fields and then return daily to Gunnison Bend Reservoir.

Come and experience this incredible bird lovers’ treat. A few of the festival activities include the spotting scopes provided by the Division of Wildlife Resources, a 5/10K Wild Goose Chase, Mother Goose Craft Fair, Wild Goose Shoot, and the Quilt Show. For more detailed information, check out the Festival website at http://www.deltagoosefestival.com or call the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce at 435-864-4316.

Delta, Utah

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February 24-25, 2017

Delta Snow Goose Festival

Early each spring, thousands of Snow Geese begin their 3,000 mile voyage home to Canada’s northwest territories. Starting from where they winter in Southern California & Mexico, these travelers navigate their way home with amazing precision and faithfulness.

In addition, they do it all without a trained flight crew, thousands of pounds of jet fuel, or a GPS! Instead, they are equipped with only a few pounds of fatty fuel, a mental map inherited from their parents, a built in compass sensitive to earth’s magnetic field, and instinct! Amazing!

Delta, Utah is privileged with the honor of being along their annual migration route. Starting in early February, Snow Geese stop by to rest, pick up snacks, and ready themselves for the rest of their long journey home.

There is no other place in the State of Utah that offers the chance to see so many snow geese in one place. The sights and sounds of thousands of snow geese in the air and upon the water in such a concentrated gathering is one of the most incredible wildlife experiences available.

Come join us for this year’s annual Delta Snow Goose Festival! Bring your camera and be ready to join the fun.

Snow goose
Bird
The snow goose, also known as the blue goose, is a North American species of goose. Its name derives from the typically white plumage. The genus of this bird is disputed. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Chen caerulescens
Mass: 5.8 lbs Encyclopedia of Life
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population increasing) Encyclopedia of Life
Length: 2.3 ft. Encyclopedia of Life
Higher classification: Chen

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Beauty and the Beast – Lindsey Stirling

Published on Mar 13, 2017

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