Cutest of all duck babies.

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Sometimes when you go out expecting nothing, you get a big something. I was at the botanical gardens in Largo thinking I would not see much but moorhens and doves. I was focusing on taking pictures of flowers. As I was walking towards the rose garden, I saw this line of baby ducks out of the corner of my eye. Thinking they were baby mallards, I almost didn’t stop. But, since all baby ducks are cute, I decided to stop for a minute and take a break. I’m glad I did. They were wood duck babies. They mostly look like mallard babies but way cuter. The parents were keeping them close. Those baby moorhens were looking at the little parade go by like “What are those little ducks?”  I snapped a handful of pictures as they cruised by and headed on to the rose garden.

Saturday walk through a garden

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Bright colors were everywhere at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in late May. Trees and bushes were blooming and since there were very few birds, I started taking pictures of the flowers. These were my favorites.  The gardens are next door to the Pinellas county animal services. I have seen volunteers walking the dogs through the gardens on Saturday mornings. I’ve seen one man several times who spends time with the dogs, getting them ready for adoption. This one below was looking for a good home.

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Wet and drippy morning

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I got out of my car at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo just as the rain was going from a heavy downpour to a light sprinkle. After waiting 30 minutes I was ready to get out. Everything was wet and drippy including me since all of the trees were still dripping on me. The birds were hiding so I started snapping pictures of all of the wet stuff around the gardens. I was trying to be creative catching the light through the raindrops but it’s harder than it looks. I probably could have used a tripod. Next time I’ll throw it in my car just in case.

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Flowers at the Largo Botanical Gardens

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You don’t notice all of the spider webs until you zoom up close.

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Pretty in pink.

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Raindrops? No, just the sprinklers.

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Everything was wet early that morning.

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Looks like a firecracker flower. A tree was full of these. Any ID? Hey, where did that bee come from?

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Yellow and pink.

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Not sure what this is.

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These were in the pond.

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The rose garden was in full bloom in late June even though some were starting to look a little crispy. The rainy season hadn’t started yet.

Just a few bright colors to brighten up your day!

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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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