Posts tagged “nature

Went with family to take my granddaughter to the park, which is to the right of this area but I thought it was interesting how deserted the beach area looked…it was a warm night, definitely swimming weather?

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One of my all time favorite places to be…photo taken with my iPhone

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I was looking through some of the photos I’ve taken and came across this one…love this tree with it’s gnarly branches

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I took this photo last fall, in October some time…we always have over the top winds in October.  This tree had a large base but it just couldn’t withstand the intensity of the wind that day.  
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while orange is not a favorite color, who doesn’t love a Gerber Daisy?

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Hey…I’ve been under the weather for a few weeks, but I’m feeling like it is time to get back to “normal”…

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a little different perspective of a photo I posted a couple of days ago…taken with my iPhone will on the road!

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Another photo taken while driving with my iPhone…of course I wasn’t driving.  I enjoy this type of landscape, barren but every once in a while something cool pops up!

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Remember when…I used to enjoy making sand castles as a child.  Found this abandoned one on the beach!

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Buds on the branches mean spring is here!!!

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I spotted these lovely purple crocuses at the waterfront last week…same day I photographed the ice moving.

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Thought I’d post a few photos of the ice up close, gives you and idea of the force behind the ice when you see how small the pieces are…

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Last week, Wed. April 27th, I stopped at the waterfront to take a few photos of the ice…it has finally begun to move.  If you look closely you can see the ice is beginning to crystallize as well.   A bit slow this year but then this winter has been unusual to say the least…

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Date Palm…

This was an interesting trip, I learned new, interesting info while away…no I didn’t know these were Date Palms!

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Don’t bother me…

This fellow was relaxing, without any concern for those who where observing him…Naples Zoo, Florida

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rolling…

On the drive to and from Florida one of the areas I enjoy driving through is around Lexington, Kentucky.   I love the farms/ranches and the rolling hills in that area of the state.  Even on a dreary day it is lovely to see…

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barnacles…

These fellows are from the arthropod family, apparently there are 1,220 species of barnacles…this particular one is related to the lobster and crab…who knew?pole.sea.stuff.2016


Reticulated Python…

Kaa, is a 19ft. 191 lbs., Reticulated Python found at the Naples Zoo.   The enclosure looks small for this lady, but it was new in June of 2015.   While these snakes are large and strong enough to kill an adult human they are nonvenomous constrictors who are generally not considered dangerous to humans…attacks are rarely reported.   The photo is cropped thin due to the reflection of the glass in the photo, which was distracting and taking away from this magnificent specimen.

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Red bananas

Saw this plant at the Naples Zoo and I have to admit I didn’t know what it was at first…

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Ginger flower…

I have to admit, I’ve seen these flowers for years and never knew what they were called…Ginger flower.
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White Ibis

If you been to Florida you will have seen these fellows, they are all over the place and are not too proud to beg for food.   The White Ibis is one of 26 species around the world.   In Florida you will find the White Ibis, which has black tipped wings  you can only see this detail when they are flying, the Glossy Ibis, which has brown patches…there is also a Scarlet Ibis in southern Florida, this happens to be the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago and was introduced  to Florida either deliberately or through migration.  I’ve not see the Scarlet one but will watch for it…white.ibis.2016


Chinese Hibiscus

I’ve simply called this flower a hibiscus but apparently it has a grander name…”Chinese Hibiscus”…the leaf of this plant is lovely in it’s own right!flower.2016


From an “Artist’s Garden”…in Key West

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all in a row…

If you know me at all you know I love trees, especially “naked trees”…without leaves of course!   This was taken while driving on the way home from Florida…fyi…I wasn’t driving!   A crisp cold morning, brrrr.  There is a bit of dirty windshield showing up on the right hand side but I really liked this so excuse the dirt!

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see you later Alligator…

These are such cool fellows…I’ve seen a couple outside the zoo one in particular up close and personal.

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I’ve returned from Florida and have just gotten to my photos.  They will be in random order depending on what I get to next.   Here is a fellow we found at the Naples Zoo.   I’ve been to the zoo a couple of times and enjoy the fact it is small and hasn’t been overly busy when we have been there making it relatively easy to observe the zoo residents…fyi…all my photos taken this trip were with my iPhone it was just easier to carry around.

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holding the moon…

Photo taken while driving…of course I wasn’t the driver…
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abandoned…

One of my photos taken from the vehicle…no…I wasn’t driving.

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You can’t tell from the photo but this little fellow was looking for lunch in the city, with this property butting up to a four lane highway.

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end of season…

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a splash of color…

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Hoar frost…

for a definition of hoar frost click here…http://www.britannica.com/science/hoarfrost

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green…

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Spikes…

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A Sunflower kind of day…

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serenity…

This photo was taken a couple of years ago, while on our Friday early morning drive to the Rosseau Market.   I was not driving, hence the photo!  It is a tad blurry but I like the photo non the less!

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a blustery day

cold wind biting deep

taking the longing to sit!

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Silhouettes and clouds…

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facing south west…

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sunset & silhouettes…

This is the sunset I posted last week, taken as I approached the beach…I like the silhouette of the trees on either side.

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Saw this fellow and his companion last year…you could tell they were used to people being around as they didn’t appear to be the least bit concerned.

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Hibiscus…

I think…if this is not a Hibiscus please let me know?   A knowledgeable fellow explained this is a specie of Bauhinia, common called an “orchid tree.”  Thank you Russel at russelrayphotos2.com

 

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laying down…

this particular Bougainvillea tree is on the property of the condo we rented in Key West this year.   It has grown terribly out of shape, completely bending over, and yet it continues to thrive.   As you can see it is lifting the interlocking brick as it grows.   tree.key.west.2015t to thrive.

 


where is spring?

How has your spring been so far?  Ours hasn’t arrived yet…check out our snow banks!   As I am writing this it is snowing, in the morning the temperature is supposed to be -26F or -14C with the wind chill!   …could be worse right?

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washed up…

Saw many pieces of coral like this washed up on the shoreline. It was windy & wavey  for the first few days, which meant the beach was covered in sea shells. A bit farther down the beach from our location it was soft sand, so our area is a bit of a catch all when windy…we knew this from last year.
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tranquility…

I was looking through the hundreds of photos I took while away and realized 95% of them are of my granddaughter!  The other 4% are of family with her and 1% is of sites while away!   I didn’t realize I did this…was always taking a photo so thought there would be many to post but it turns out there isn’t…

Here is a simplistic one, but one that speaks to my heart!!!  While I don’t/can’t sail, I love the water…

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I’m here…

I was away in Florida for a month, this is my first post since I returned mid February…took this photo on the way to Key West.

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out on a limb…

Spring…look up, look way up!

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bowing to the ground…

I never get tired of looking at these trees…they amaze me, their root system must reach a great distance.  We have very strong winds in this area and I’m always expecting to drive by and find one or more of these old fellows toppled over.  This photo was taken a few weeks before Christmas…

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