Pretty things in late July

Little critters creeping or buzzing around the butterfly garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.

A few of the blooming things.

The waterfall at the nature center. Years ago I would see green tree frogs hanging around this area but I haven’t seen any in a long while.

Something growing around a tree stump. Looks like icing (of course, I have sugar on my brain).

A tiny oasis in the heat.

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Another waterfall with little water

During our vacation in Utah, we hiked up Lisa Falls in Cottonwood Canyon knowing that there would be very little water coming down due to the drought. It was a quick hike up and the view was amazing so even though we only saw a trickle of water, it was worth the walk.

Beautiful views along the hike. After the falls, we crossed the street and  hiked the Little Cottonwood Canyon trail along the river. More on that later.

Heading back to town after a day of hiking,

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No donut at Donut Falls

We headed out early in the morning driving through Cottonwood Canyon. Our destination was Donut Falls. It was an easy mile and half hike up the mountain and the weather was cool. We took our time, stopping to take pictures along the way. The trees were beautiful and we saw only a few other people. I had read that during the summer months the trail has traffic jams with so many people so I’m glad we were there in the fall.

We should have known there would be very little water at the falls due to the drought but it was still worth the hike. We didn’t feel like sloshing through the water to get to the cave that has the hole where the water comes through so no donut fall shots. We worked up an appetite and headed back to Park City for a late lunch.

A quick video of the wind blowing through the trees along the trail.

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Hiking under the water fall

Our visit to Noccalula Falls north of Birmingham would not be complete without a hike down to the river and under the falls.

A quick video under the falls to show how loud it was with the water crashing over.

The hike down wasn’t bad. The weather was cool and the rain held off.

As we got closer to the falls, we had to be careful climbing over the slippery rocks.

The wall under the falls was full of these little birds nesting. This was cropped up and they blended in pretty well. My sister saw one fly into the nest. Otherwise I don’t think we would have noticed them. I think this is a northern rough wing swallow. A first for me.

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Noccalula Falls

I left Brett back in Tampa and headed up to Birmingham to visit my sister over Easter weekend. Even though Friday was going to be a cloudy rainy day, we risked it and headed up about an hour north of Birmingham to visit the past. Noccalula Falls was our destination. I hadn’t been since the early 70’s and was wondering if it looked the same. I’m sure a lot has changed but I remembered the park looking bigger. The story is that an Indian princess was already in love with someone else but her father told her she had to marry a neighboring chief instead so she fell to her death.  Full story here. We were there after a big storm so the water was heavy coming over the falls.

Looking through the trees and down the Black Creek Gorge.

Some of the old buildings on display throughout the park.

Canadian geese at the top of the falls.

I found some old pictures that my dad had taken of the falls back in 1973.  My sister and were posing on an old wagon (I’m on the left). We looked for the wagon when we were there but couldn’t find it. I think we were pretending to hold on to the reins. My dad always liked actions shots

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Pretty on Sarasota bay.

The Selby Gardens in Sarasota sits right on the bay. It was a warm beautiful morning in late November when I was there for the first time with my sister.

It’s a small botanical gardens and a bit far from my home in Tampa. Not sure if I will get down here again soon. My favorite part was the conservatory that had a lot of orchids. We happened to be there during an orchid exhibit which was pretty cool.

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