Little hummers and other things

My second ever rufous hummingbird sighting. This one and the one before were both at Bok Tower Gardens. Rufous hummingbirds are fairly rare around this area. This is only the 2nd time of hearing about one and I was happy to have seen it even briefly. I caught him high up on a tree taking a break. When he went to feed, he would go deep in the bushes or the other side making it impossible to get feeding shots. At one point I could barely see him feeding deep in the firebush.

Ruby throated hummingbirds are pretty common. I caught this male feeding near the carillon tower.

He buzzed off and disappeared. I stood under a pine tree for a long time waiting for him to come back. At one point I looked up and he was sitting right over my head.

Birds with yellow. The top one is an easy one, a yellow throated warbler. The 2nd I think is a red eyed vireo with a bug. The last is a a female common yellowthroat.

An ovenbird and blue gray gnatcatcher.

A usual sight, a harmless black racer crosses the sidewalk in front of me.

A bee house in the garden. Used by mason or other solitary bees, they lay their eggs in the holes.

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Flowers in the fall.

Lots of things blooming at Bok Tower Gardens in late September.

A few of the critters. I rarely see ladybugs anymore.

Early morning at the bell tower. This is a great spot to take a break. Sitting under the big oak trees looking out at the old orange groves far away.

I made a quick trip to Bok Tower in central Florida in late September. It was a quiet morning and not too many birds but lots of plants were blooming.

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“Walking on sunshine!”

Sunflowers from beginning to end.

Up close with so many different sunflowers. Most were covered with bees and bugs.

The field was bursting with yellow.

Bringing in the stash. I spent a Sunday morning in late May north of Tampa at Sweetfield Farms. In the spring, they have a sunflower maze and activities during the sunflower season. The fields were full of sunflowers, all blooming. This guy cuts fresh sunflowers all day so you can buy and bring them home.With farm animals and lots of outdoor activities, it was a fun way to spend a morning. Brought some just picked vegetables home to cook that night.

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Sunny day in the sunflower field

I found a new place!  For a limited time in April and May, Sweetfields Farm has a sunflower maze. The farm also has, surprise, farm animals! And vegetables and other flowers but the big draw is the fields of sunflowers.  Brett and I drove north of the Tampa airport on a Sunday morning. It took us about 35 minutes to get to the farm so we were there right before they opened. We did the sunflower maze first thing and I’m glad we did because the heat started to set in and I probably would not have wanted to walk through there near lunchtime. We had a great morning and I took tons of pictures. The above was taken with my phone as we were parking.


The last picture is a pano I took with my phone. We were right in the middle of the maze at a dead-end.

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