Beauty and the beasts

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These are all gone now. It’s funny how I never noticed them before and this fall I was seeing them everywhere.

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Blowing in the wind. When the wind is blowing hard these little fuzzies are floating around everywhere and it almost looks like it could be snowing (you know, in central Florida).

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Bubba the 2nd sleeping on the side of the trail.

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A smaller one.

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These look like little meatballs hanging on a tree.

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Didn’t notice the spider when I took this. Unfortunately, I focused on the berries instead of the spider.

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Baby alligators close to the trail.

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They look like alien babies when they are that young.

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Mom was close by (really close, right below us on the trail in the water).

Some shots from a walk in late fall.

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Things in the backyard – Skywatch Friday

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Sitting on my neighbor’s dock, she’s been hanging around a lot lately.

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A juvenile white ibis was on our dock. I think he saw me through the window.

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Our yard is always full of squirrels since we don’t have dogs or cats nor do our immediate neighbors.

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Another day, another sunning. I wonder if this is the same lady.

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This fruit was hanging over our fence from our neighbor’s yard. I was using my macro but it was a challenge since it was so windy. The orange blob kept bouncing around.

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Another had ripened and opened up showing the red seeds.

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A bee on the bush.

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Taken during the last full moon in the backyard. It was early in the morning.

Just a few things I saw while peeking out the bedroom window and then later walking around the yard. There’s been an anhinga sleeping in our neighbor’s tree lately. I wonder if it’s the same one above. I can see her shadow in the tree in the morning when I get up. A big limb hangs over the water and she’s been sleeping there a couple of months.

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Flowers in the fall (or “It’s still summer here in central Florida”)

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Bird of a paradise.

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Another type of bird of paradise.

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This one looks like it has teeth.

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Pink and purple.

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Flowering cactus.

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Some type of lily?

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Palm tree

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Some web sites call this bitter pear and some call it bitter melon. It is edible when green and then turns toxic when it turns orange and opens up. They are cool looking. I wonder if the birds try to eat the seeds.

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Some type of banana plant.

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I did not change the color on this. There were purple snow peas growing on a vine.

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Bamboo in front of a waterfall.

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Another type of bird of paradise? I think this is my favorite one.

A few test shots from my trip to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The gardens looked really good. They must have done a lot of recent work on the grounds.  They were setting up for a wedding in the rose garden when I was there one early Saturday morning. Soon they’ll have the Christmas lights up. That’s when I start to feel like it’s Christmas. Maybe the weather will cool off by then.

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