Critters and flowers at the botanical gardens

From my trip to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in mid-June.

I just realized they have a rainbow eucalyptus tree here. I have never noticed it before. Maybe it just recently started showing it’s colors. As the bark peels off, different shades come through.They are not native here but grow well in rain forests.

Photographing New Zealand

Buds, Bees and Birds in Lakeland


“Hey lady, have you got a pass to be out here?” says the female anhinga.


Looking right into the sun, I saw these two wood storks on the top of a tree. At first I thought they were building a nest but I think they were just fighting for space.


A squirrel eating a leaf?


Fuzzy flowers on the lake.


A limpkin eating a snail.


A mockingbird landed right in front of my car.


A very tiny dragonfly.


Some type of bee on white flowers.


A green fly on pink.


Hanging from the palm trees in the parking lot.They look like orange grapes but I wasn’t going to try one.

Just some random things around downtown Lakeland on my walk around Lake Morton and Lake Mirror. I stopped by Hollis Gardens to see what was blooming but by that time it was too hot. Most of the spring blooms were gone. Replaced by summer bedding plants.

Shine the Divine

Little critters at the Florida Botanical Gardens


Testing out my new macro lens. It’s a Nikon 85mm. I didn’t have to get too close to this bee. Although it was hard to get him to sit still for a few seconds.


A flowering cactus plant that had a green fly on it.


Tiny lizard.


White butterfly.


Tiny dragonfly.


Tiny dragonfly up-close. A little blurry. I still have some work to do learning to use the macro lens.


A tricolored heron hiding in the reeds. (Taken with my regular 300mm lens).

For my recent birthday, I got a new macro lens. Yea! Another new toy.  I headed out to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo one morning in early October to practice taking macro shots. It was still hot so it was hard to concentrate while sweat was pouring off my head. I think I might have to wait for the weather to cool off before pursuing this which could mean December here. The gardens were really quiet with birds. I was thinking I always saw great birds here before. Pileated woodpeckers, Carolina wrens and wild parakeets are usually there. I didn’t see any of those. So I spent the morning taking pictures of bugs and flowers.