South Florida

Late afternoon on Hallandale Beach, north of Miami. A quick walk before dinner.

Things on the beach. The beach was littered with Portuguese man o’ wars. I would not want to come close to one of these in the water. They are known to have a painful sting.

Tile on the walkway and hibiscus near the parking lot.

Big boats are common along the inter-coastal waterway.

Heading home before crossing Alligator Alley.

Some parting shots from our quick trip to south Florida to visit Brett’s relatives.

SkyWatch Friday

Things in my yard and neighborhood

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I went for an after dinner walk and found this duck family in the pond near my house. I’ve been seeing this pretty creme mallard for a while now.  I saw the family recently and the babies were getting big. Sadly, there were only 4 left.

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Frog on our downspout after a storm.

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Saw this lizard next to our dock. This is the first one I’ve seen with a rust head. Can they really blend in that well?

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Here’s the same creme mallard back in May.  She was floating around behind our dock.

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Curious blue jay.

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Hibiscus poking through the fence.

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I took this through the kitchen window.

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Taken through the bedroom window, the juvenile night heron was creeping around our neighbor’s dock.

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Our neighbor a few houses down has an almost dead palm tree in their backyard. I came home from work and saw the tree full of crows eating the berries (or are these nuts?). Taken directly into the sun.

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A few crows waiting their turn to get on the palm tree.

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Something spooked them and they all flew off in a hurry.  At this point it was almost dark.

Things in my neighborhood this past summer.

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Growing in the backyard

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This is my view looking out the kitchen window. Our neighbor’s plant has gotten so big it is over the fence.

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Plant in the yard.

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Poinsettia in hanging baskets.

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These do stay red through the spring.

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Around our fence.

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These are pretty in the fall.

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Reflection of our neighbor’s boat. Taken from our dock and cropped up. The neighborhood osprey sleeps on top of this mast.

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Down at the end of our channel. A Santa in someone’s backyard. I take a left in front of the Santa to get out to the bay.

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Mangroves growing in our corner.

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I threw last year’s poinsettia in the corner by the shed and it came back this year.

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Hibiscus through our fence.

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Flowers at night

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On the Monday before Christmas, it was just starting to look like fall. The cypress trees were starting to turn colors. My sister and I headed to the Largo Botanical Gardens to see the Christmas lights there. Since she had not been to the gardens before, we got there a little early to walk around in daylight. It got dark fast.

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I’m not going to try to identify all of these flowers. I’ll just say this one is “pretty pink and yellow.”

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This one looks like a type of hibiscus.

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The tag on this tree said this was a Christmas ornament tree. I’m sure there’s a more scientific name for it. The tree was pretty all full of these.

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Basic hibiscus flower. My dad used to grow these in the backyard in Clearwater.

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Bright yellow hibiscus.

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Orchid. This was inside the visitor’s center.

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A big fish in the fish pond inside the visitor’s center.

The Monday before Christmas was a very busy day. Since my sister was visiting from South Dakota, we were trying to cram in as much stuff as we could. We started out at the zoo, had a quick lunch then drove over to the TECO plant where the manatee viewing center is. Since the weather was still warm, there wasn’t a ton of manatees in the warm water there but it was still a fun trip. After stopping by the house to change, we drove over to Largo to walk around the gardens. They drench the gardens in lights for the holiday. I brought my tripod but ended up not using it. I just turned on my flash and used my 300mm lens. The flowers popped more at night than when I try to take them during the day. It got crowded fast so we left and headed out for dinner.

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Flowers in the house

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Playing around with my 300mm lens on a rainy day. Since I couldn’t get out I decided to take some pictures in the house. I had just bought the sunflowers at Fresh Market and the hibiscus came from the backyard. I love having fresh flowers in the house but since it seems like I’m not home that much I don’t have them often. The last shot of the rose was with my new 85m micro lens.  Hubby sent me roses for my birthday.