With the advent of warmer weather (mid-60s each day) and more sunshine the golfers and golf course personnel are becoming more intentional now, actively laying claim to the course as if they own it. Yesterday Billie and I were enjoying a brisk walk in the light drizzle, having been on our regular two-mile-or-so route to the Palmetto Dunes General Store and back when we thought of the osprey family based in the pine tree to the left across the bridge, near the 17th tee.
Seeing no golfers in the area, we decided to make a quick detour across the bridge to check on the ospreys as we crossed the 11th fairway to Inverness Village and our condo. But no sooner had we entered the sacred ground than we heard, from behind, an unseen greenskeeper reminding us that we were not allowed on the course between 7 am and 7 pm (whether or not there were golfers present!).
Relenting, we went back through the moss-draped trees to the street and made our way around the course boundary, all the while plotting to take advantage of those same restrictions by getting out as often as possible before 7 am and after 7 pm. As February begins, we know that time and the seasons are on our side. The sun rises earlier each day and persists a bit longer, giving us more daylight at dawn and dusk to seek out the large birds inhabiting the course. We also know that as the days grow longer these birds will begin their nesting rituals, and we eagerly await that exciting time.