Valentines

February 01, 2016  •  30 Comments

Traditionally the month of love, this February I've searched my archives for valentinian photos - from lovers and courtship to hearts and flowers... all from nature, of course... well, except that I must begin with a tribute to my own beloved valentine, Crystal.  

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I found far more pertinent images than I expected (60+)... and quit searching before I was done since I can't use that many anyway.  Who'd-a-thunk I was such a voyeur of romance?  With little further flourish, here is some Love -  from my heart and our beautiful world  -  to yours.

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Besides eating, "loving each other up" seems to be a main activity for manatees

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Grackle Courtship

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Suwannee Limerock embraced in the arms (legs?) of a tupelo

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Great Blue Love

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Sensuality of the Sea

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Hugs, way down deep.

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Calling for her, while strutting his stuff

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Wood Ducks... well, you know.

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Inter-species Intimacy

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The Grace of Courtship

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Christmas Tree Worms share a coralline home.

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Black-necked Stilt Lovers

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Luna Lovemaking

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Valentine Breeding Plumage

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Oystercatchers dressed and made-up for a date

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Enfolded Menage a Trois

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Black Skimmer Pair Reflecting

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Young Tom strutting his stuff

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Florida Lobster Crawl

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Lovers' Quarrel?  Not.

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Happy Valentines Day

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Reflecting Ibis Pair

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Fire Within

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"Water Angel" by a Giant Strider

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Great Egret Intimacy

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron trying to impress her.  I'm impressed.

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Can't get enough petting

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The Lift - A delicate dance move between Cypress and Tupelo

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Gray Angel Mates

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May yours be a month, a year, a lifetime of love and growth, joy and awe, inspired by Mother Nature's bounty.  Please leave a comment here at my blog, and share the link freely. I am grateful to you, my viewers, for all your support and encouragement.

 


Comments

Cynthia Brown(non-registered)
David, these are fantastic. How fitting for Valentine's Day, although I'm just now seeing these in March! The manatees really impressed me with their "petting"! Loved seeing all of these. Many thanks....
Sherry Simpson(non-registered)
Beautiful work heart felt.
John Hardt(non-registered)
I know it's well into March, but I'm still going to comment -- this is spectacular!
Linda(non-registered)
Splendor in the trees and seas and grasses...
Andi Blount(non-registered)
An awesome photographic display!!! (Wish I could have seen that night heron!)

Andi Blount
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