End of summer colors

dsc_7034 dsc_7043 dsc_7045 dsc_7049 dsc_7067 dsc_7076 dsc_7089 dsc_7128

These were all taken at the Florida Botanical Gardens in late October. Some things were just starting to bloom and some things were starting to look tired. ┬áThe purple coneflower were all at the end of their season but red berries were sprouting up everywhere and bananas were growing in the fruit garden. Of course there’s always something growing in central Florida.

What fall looks like here

DSC_5512 DSC_5516 DSC_5538 DSC_5539 DSC_5552 DSC_5555 DSC_5559 DSC_5560

In mid-December I headed out to Honeymoon Island for a long walk on the nature trail. I was hoping to see the eagles or the owls. Both should be nesting by now. The only thing I saw up close were a million mosquitoes. It should have been cool and windy but it was over 80 degrees and the humidity was high by 9am. I had 2 coats of repellant on and still came home with 15 mosquito bites. I did manage to see the very tip of the eagle’s head while she sat on the nest which is a good sign that she’s sitting on eggs.

Shine the Divine

Other stuff at the Largo Nature Preserve

DSC_3446 DSC_3505 DSC_3510 DSC_3472 DSC_3515 DSC_3572

Flowers and plants along the trail at Largo Nature Preserve.

 

DSC_3532

DSC_3534

DSC_3536

DSC_3538

The birds here aren’t the only ones who hang out on boardwalk. This squirrel was eating right over my head. I was watching him walk out on the branch and grab the little berries. He did not care that I was a few feet from him.

DSC_3493

I saw this cute retired couple walking along the trail, still holding hands.

The neighborhood pond

DSC_3189

DSC_3190

DSC_3264

DSC_3269

I stopped by a neighborhood pond to see what was floating around in it. I parked my car and got out and saw two sandhill cranes in someone’s yard. Just relaxing under a tree. They stayed there while I was walking around the lake. When I got back to my car, they were walking around in the street.

DSC_3216

Nothing too exciting in the pond. A great blue heron was hiding in the reeds.

DSC_3242

DSC_3244

My favorite muhly grass was pink and the red berries were out.

DSC_3217

DSC_3274

A red bellied cooter and a soft shell turtle were basking in the sun.

Not much floating in the pond right now. Hopefully, some winter ducks will show up.

Our World Tuesday Graphicimage-in-ing