We had a nice journey from Sanibel Island to Naples with the exception of a thunderstorm. We could see the storm approaching but could do nothing about it. Luckily, there were many high buildings around for the lightening to hit, if it wanted to.
Johneys to the Rescue
I got poor Gary to launch the dinghy and row as close as possible to the Osprey. I jumped out of the dinghy into 4 feet of water and squishy mud and walked slowly towards the bird talking gently to him. By now, he was in the mangroves and going nowhere. I had brought with me a towel to put around him to prevent him from biting me with his mighty beak. I walked up behind him and put the towel over his wings and grabbed him. He put up a little fight and then settled down as I carried him back to the boat.
On board the boat I used the radio to ask for help in knowing what to do with this poor Osprey. After several phone calls and transfers it was agreed that we would turn the boat around and head into Naples where a volunteer from the Conservancy Society would pick up the injured bird and take him to the Society for help. The Osprey stayed quietly in my arms for the journey and even allowed me to stroke his head feathers gently. All the while, I am talking to him to keep him calm. We met Ray (volunteer) and he took the bird from us promising to let us know how it progressed. Unfortunately, it died two days later. Ray wrote and told us it had broken its leg and foot a long while ago and because of that it had been unable to catch its food to eat. He said it was in its last days when we rescued it. I felt so bad. I had hoped we had saved its life. I even gave it a name - Oscar!!
The first thing we decided to do was to visit Henry Ford's and Thomas Edison's winter homes in Fort Myers - yes, finally some manly thing to do beside gardens and wild life sanctuaries.
We had a lovely day touring both estates and learning about both men who were very goods friends - they had to be as they lived next door to each other. I did not realise that Ford worked for Edison at one time. Not only did we see the houses, labs and grounds but we also got to see a Mustang Car Show. Mustang is celebrating its 50th year and, of course Mustangs are made by Ford.
Today we went to the Naples Botanical Gardens and they were absolutely smashing. Even Gary enjoyed himself.
These locusts were on some kind of palm and boy, where they having a bean feast or should I say a palm feast?
Of course, no blog would be complete without flower or bird photos, now would it?
There were a couple of trees that were of interest to me. The first one is where we get "The Old Spice" fragrance from.