Is Whiskers purring today?

Is Whiskers purring today?

Well, if he’s not, he should be!

Today’s National Cat Day and it’s definitely a day to spoil your precious ball of fur.

Our cat’s name is Peebles. She’s a senior cat with a sweet disposition. Her one character flaw is that she hates posing for pictures.

What can I say?

My banner photo is from a five years ago. That’s Riley and he was also a fine specimen of fabulous feline felicity!

Be nice to your kitty today. If you don’t have one, think of the last cat you knew and loved. And send him or her your best wishes for a delightful day!

An ardent lover of cats as well as dogs, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2020 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Deer and Springs at Kelly Park

Deer and Springs at Kelly Park

We had occasion to camp at Kelly Park in Orange County (Florida) not very long ago and had a terrific time.

We were stunned at how tame the deer were. They came around–and in considerable numbers–every evening and night.

Having said that, I must add that I have no photographic proof. At the times they’d drop by to say hello, the light was already too low for my low tech skills to document the fun.

I took several videos with my cell phone but the light is so low that using the delete feature to put them out of their misery was my only real option.

The banner photo is of one stretch of woods not far from our campsite where we first saw them appear. That was about 45 minutes before sundown on our first day.

This scene is no more than 150 feet from the site where the banner photo was taken and showcases another spot where we saw deer looking for dinner on many occasions.

Kelly Park is known for its abundant wildlife. But the world-famous Rocks Springs which are found there also bring around the crowds all year long. The crowds have subsided of late, as the pandemic has forced Orange County to close the springs for swimming but it’s still well worth your time and a modest admission to see the Springs up close.

We dedicated a pretty good chunk of day two’s time to wander about at Rocks Springs and had a great time doing so. Below is one more photo from those lovely Springs.

I heartily recommend Kelly Park to any of you who are close to Central Florida or who might be visiting in the near future. The plentiful wildlife, the iconic and beautiful springs and the general allure of the Sunshine State beckon nature lovers from anywhere to head this way and stay awhile.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2020 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credits Ben Lawrence Basile