Tropical Boating

Stories of my adventures with boats: sailing them, paddling them, fishing in them, fixing them, nearly getting killed in them, and loving them. No life is complete without a boat to mess about in.

Recent Posts

More & More Bobcat Pictures

Bobcat I got 16 new bobcat photos on the trail camera over the past few nights. The bobcat continues to seem completely unaware of the camera and its infrared flash. Bobcat Bobcat Bobcat Bobcat Bobcat Bobcat… Read more

A Hawk, A Bobcat, And A Naughty Dog

Hawk Wanting Chickens I’m not sure if I keep seeing the same hawk or if more than one of them is trying to figure out how to break into our Eglu coop and have a chicken dinner. Either way, glad the coop and the run extension that I made seem… Read more

Pond Swim With Grandkids

We have both of the grandkids overnight for the first time and took a swim in the pond during the late afternoon heat today. Here’s Brielle with her swim floats. We swam over to the artesian spring and I found this school of baby bass… Read more

Volunteering for Charlotte Harbor Seagrass Survey

Seagrass Survey After reading a good article on upcoming seagrass and scallop surveys in our area, I decided to volunteer. Yesterday we took Florida Sea Grant Program extension agent Betty Staugler out on our pontoon boat and had a look at a few… Read more

Hawk Got Another Squirrel

Hawk Catches Squirrel The game camera got this shot of a red shouldered hawk yesterday afternoon. I’m still impressed that it can shoot pictures fast enough to get things like spread wings on landing. A closer look shows something… Read more

First DJI Drone Flight

Tom Flying Drone I took my first solo drone flight this afternoon and found that the DJI Phantom 4 is very easy to fly. I also found that I kind of need a savvy camera operator as a sidekick. I set cameras to “automatic for idiots” mode and… Read more

Still Studying The Chicken Problem

Kahlua kitty jumps up on the chicken run every morning when I am feeding them. This was alarming to them at first but they pretty much ignore her… Read more

Beginning My Drone Adventures

I bought a used DJI Phantom 4 and am starting to learn the many things that there are to know about flying it and using the camera. So many… Read more

No Critters But…

Split Oak Tree Black and White The trail camera got a pretty cool black and white picture of an oak tree that was split in half by Hurricane Charlie but survived…. Read more

Coyote Again

Coyote The coyote showed up again, wandering past my Japanese persimmon tree. Coyote Again The streak of light is likely an insect flying near the camera and lit up by the… Read more