Summer critters on summer flowers

Lots of little critters buzzing around at Lettuce Lake in August.

Not many birds but I did see a juvenile northern parula and a red-eyed vireo.

This was the last time I saw the swallow-tail kites, in mid-August. One was flying over the boardwalk. They all left town to head south for the winter.

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Blending in

The yellow flowers were blooming again. From across the lake, I could see the alligator swimming around.

I’m not sure what was going on with these 2. The great egret let the alligator get pretty close. The alligator looked like he was ready to take a bite. He finally slid back down under the water and left the egret alone.

I caught this great blue heron with a fish in the bushes along the lake.

It looks like all of the alligators were trying to blend in.

A fun morning walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Backyard botanical gardens

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My Mom loved dogwood flowers. We had several in our yard when I was growing up.



Bright yellow everywhere.




Getting a bite.  My sister had just fed her fish in the koi pond in her backyard.


Beautiful pine trees along the edge of the yard.

My sister and her husband have spent a lot of time working in their back yard.  We were there in late March and the spring blooms were just starting to come out. Their yard looks like a botanical gardens, with flowers, bushes, benches, bird feeders, bird houses and two fish ponds. The thing I noticed the most was the dogwood trees. We don’t have them here in central Florida and I hadn’t seen any during my quick trip to Birmingham. She had several in her yard and it made me think of my Mom.

The usual suspects at Circle B Bar Reserve


You do not want to have that beak coming at you!



Green herons doing the “stretch”.


Looking for snacks.


The Wilson’s snipe was trying to sleep.


The glossy ibis was glowing in the sun.



Cute little palm warblers showing off.



A pileated woodpecker high up in the tree.


An anhinga drying off in the sun after a swim.



Pretty in yellow.

These were all taken in late November when the yellow flowers were still in bloom at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Another chapter of “Flowers in the House.”

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I wish I could say I was posting these to brighten up a cold winter night but since it’s been sunny and  83 degrees so far this month here in Florida I guess I can’t use that excuse. Other than I was just playing around with my macro lens. I had gotten flowers for Bosses Day back in October and had taken them home over the weekend. I never miss a chance to take pictures of flowers in the house. And if you do live where it’s dark and cold, I hope they cheer you up.