Starlings took over our backyard a long time ago but this is the first time I noticed them nesting. My neighbor has a dead palm tree that sits up against our fence and for weeks I kept seeing this starling popping her head out of a hole in the side facing our kitchen window. There was also one sitting on the top of the stump most of the time. I never saw any babies poking out but weeks later I saw an adult feeding several young ones in our neighbor’s yard.
It’s that time of the year when mama ducks are cruising the channels with babies.
One morning I saw the above woodpecker in a hole higher up in the dead tree. The woodpecker spent all morning cleaning out this hole so I thought we’d have babies at some point but I think she ended up not staying. A few days later I saw a starling going in the same hole and I haven’t seen the woodpecker since.
We have 2 Bismark palms in our backyard that are about 5 years old and this is the first time I’ve seen something blooming inside of them. It’s weird that they are suppose to be the same tree but the blooms look completely different.
Hibiscus on the side of the yard.
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.
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.
Frog on our downspout after a storm.
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?
Here’s the same creme mallard back in May. She was floating around behind our dock.
Curious blue jay.
Hibiscus poking through the fence.
I took this through the kitchen window.
Taken through the bedroom window, the juvenile night heron was creeping around our neighbor’s dock.
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.
A few crows waiting their turn to get on the palm tree.
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.
This is my view looking out the kitchen window. Our neighbor’s plant has gotten so big it is over the fence.
Plant in the yard.
Poinsettia in hanging baskets.
These do stay red through the spring.
Around our fence.
These are pretty in the fall.
Reflection of our neighbor’s boat. Taken from our dock and cropped up. The neighborhood osprey sleeps on top of this mast.
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.
Mangroves growing in our corner.
I threw last year’s poinsettia in the corner by the shed and it came back this year.
Hibiscus through our fence.
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.
I’m not going to try to identify all of these flowers. I’ll just say this one is “pretty pink and yellow.”
This one looks like a type of hibiscus.
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.
Basic hibiscus flower. My dad used to grow these in the backyard in Clearwater.
Bright yellow hibiscus.
Orchid. This was inside the visitor’s center.
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.