Are These Birds Better at Fishing than Humans?

One evening by Grassy Lake can present you with a ton of things to watch, particularly birds that do a great job of fishing! On one recent evening, a Great Egret, two Anhingas and an Osprey apparently had a lot of luck. Although the Anhingas had already finished their deep dives, they looked happy as they dried off their wings (they don’t have oil on their feathers, so they have to dry off in order to be able to fly). To top off the day, a couple of Brown Pelicans flew overhead, apparently looking for a tasty meal. Those of you who have traveled back up north are missing out on what is apparently a great angling opportunity! Those who are still here might want to get out there while the fish are biting (or while the birds are biting the fish?).

Pool Boys At Work!

Our Camp Florida Pool Service Technicians

Last week, Carlos and Jesus were changing and cleaning the pool filters. It is quite a task, and I think a little scary to be Carlos down in that pool filter hole!

First, the water needs to be removed from the filter hole. I was too late to get a shot of that… But, the vacuuming continues during the process to ensure that that water doesn’t creep in on Carlos. Once the water is removed, the old filters are taken out.

The 8-inch gutters are then removed and replaced.

Once the gutters are in place, more vacuuming is done to clean out the diatomaceous earth. This substance provides an effective filter that helps keep the pool clean.

The last step is to replace the old, dirty disks with new, clean, 10-inch round filter disks.

Once the new filter disks are in place on the rods, they are placed in the hole where they will begin to filter out the hazy water down there, and provide clean filtered water to the pool.

Our maintenance team is truly amazing! It seems there is nothing they cannot do! Please thank them when you see them! They help to keep Camp Florida clean, safe and special!

Night Blooming Peruvian Apple Cactus

What did Marsha and Pete Grimm find when they cleared the brush behind their home? They found this cactus! It is very tall, but sturdy, even in the strong winds we’ve had lately. And it has these interesting things protruding from the sides. (Photos by Marsha Grimm.)

Imagine finding this incredible cactus…

And then, one evening they went outside and saw this!!! The blooms open at night and close during the day. And they are beautiful. Enjoy these photos taken over the course of a few nights. Truly incredible!

You might wonder what happens to these blooms. Well, they are pollinated by moths and bats, and once pollinated, they produce red apples that Red-bellied Woodpeckers just love! (Apparently, some people find these tasty, also, but we don’t know anyone who has tried them…). If they don’t get pollinated, the flowers simply die.