2 alligators in the water & two on the walkway
My last walk here there were 2 alligators relaxing in the sun at the entrance to this cove. On the wooden walkway I shook hands with 2 real live Gators(alums of the Univ of Florida are called "gators") and we had a pleasant chat about Central Florida;-)
Great location on a back alley in the historic Mount Dora. Its a favorite haunt of the Icehouse Theater crowd.
It used to be a renovated warehouse and now has book-lined dining rooms, a private, tree shaded courtyard that is open year round.
There have even been famous actor sightings>
During the Christmas holidays Mt Dora had hundereds of miles of strings of Xmas lights strung up downtown. Donnelly Park lights up like it is daytime!
Its FLORIDA but one year they trucked in ice and made snow for a single sled run. Most Christmasses arent cold enough to do this because the "snow" melts almost immediately.
Exquisite Mt. Dora
Drove over to Mt. Dora one afternoon....you pass thru lots of lovely farm country and signs that say "Bear Crossing", but I didn't see any...thank goodness. It seemed as if I was going nowhere, when suddenly I was in Mt. Dora and all its luxurious ammenities. I was told I had to see it cause of it having a wonderful historic district...similar to Sanford. I found it to be more formal and pristine than Sanford. Gorgeous homes along the water...a lovely drive. The business district has lots of upscale shops and neat restaurants. Very "chi-chi" hotel overlooking the lake...generally beautiful all around.
Definately worthy of a day or weekend of investigation.
BOAT RIDE AROUND LAKE DORA
"BIRDS WE SAW ALONG THE DEAD RIVER"
In this travelogeu I will highlight some of the beautiful birds we saw as we took our boat ride along the Dead River, which branches out from Lake Dora. I cannot take credit for these beautiful pictures. Hans filmed them using his zoom camera and then took stills of the birds.
The ANHINGA is a duck-like bird. Its yellow pointed beak is used to stab fish as the bird swims underwater. The neck is extremely thin except when expanded to swallow a fish. Easily confused with the cormorant, the Anhinga has a longer, wider tail with a pale brown stripe on the edge.
Osprey is a fish-eating specialist, with live fish accounting for about 99% of its diet. Barbed pads on the soles of its feet help it grip slippery fish. When an Osprey takes a large fish to its nest, it carries the fish headfirst to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
One of the largest birds of prey in North America, the Osprey can be identified by its white chest, dark eyestripe and white crown and forehead.
In this photo, the Osprey has a fish in its feet.
Large dark water bird with a long hooked bill, long tail, and long thick neck. Often perches with wings spread to dry them, as seen in my picture.
Diet: fish, crustaceans