Apparently, the sun gets so hot that it melts!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Across from our garden plot is a horse pasture and pond. The other evening when we were driving out to do a little work, a deer across the pond caught our eyes.
I have since remembered that the owner of the horses also drives a white truck. Maybe they thought they were in for some attention and got excited.
As it turned and stepped into the woods, another couple in another white truck pulled up and asked if we had seen it. As we talked the horses got excited and came at a thundering gallop across the field. These are big draft horses. Unfortunately, I caught the mirror in the shot.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It has been a good year for vetch, the flowers shown here. The roadsides around here have been covered with it. There are well over 100 different vetches in the genus Vicia, including this Vicia grandiflora, which is a white cousin to the purple. This purple may be cow vetch, Vicia cracca. They are legumes. Certain Vicias are toxic and others have been eaten during times of famine. In the picture below, you can see the pea pod.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It was a windy Sunday at St. Marks when I spotted a small mixed flock near the spill dam. Among the cardinals and mockingbirds were a few indigo buntings. They are not common here and were probably taking a migration break. This male was working on getting some new, bright blue feathers and still had some of his camou look.
A female is in the middle, below, and a sparrow is on the right. They were skittish, so I stayed well back get these shots.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
I have yet to understand why a perfectly purple flower in the world of botany, is known as a "blue" flower. But it is so. On our last drive down to St. Marks, purple/blue was the color of spring. Here is a sampling:
Blue Flag Irises were quite plentiful.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I absolutely LOVE tung flowers.
Look at that!
Just looking at it makes me weak in the knees and leaves me speechless.
You might well ask, "Has the cat got your tung?" That would actually be a bad idea since tung trees are quite toxic.
If I thought I could have a tung tree, I would go find a sapling. The trouble is, I'm not convinced one can have just one tung tree. There are always tons of tungs popping up around a parent tree. I may have to settle for tung envy.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I was trying to take a decent picture of this lovely flower, called Rose of Plymouth, growing by the East River where B was fishing. The light was too harsh, so I gave up and went to sit on the dry spill dam.
As I sat there, I was watching a little bird that I did not identify, run around near the flower. Then I noticed that it was not alone. There was a water snake working the shallows for a lunch.
It was very active and I watched with binoculars to determine that it was not a moccasin, even though it flattened its head into the characteristic triangle.
Later that same afternoon, we came upon this young diamond back rattler crossing the road, just a few miles away. It was about four years old.
As we got closer, it was almost to the grass. It turned and lifted its head in a threatening way. A car came up behind us and we moved on, and so did the snake.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Our native white ibis starts out brown, as can be seen in this photo. This immature ibis is hanging out with a snowy egret along the La Chua Trail in Gainesville. This coloring helps it hide when necessary.
But it won't be long before the "ugly duckling" becomes the beautiful "swan." Well...ibis!
This one is up to his knees in water. Actually, birds don't have knees that we can see. That is their ankles at the bend.
Like the flamingos, they need crustaceans in their diet to create these beautiful reds.
Now, those are some great legs!
I would not say this one can hide very well in here.
Friday, April 5, 2013
I just love to watch the snowy egrets showing off their breeding plumage!
And check out the golden slippers! The immature ibis seems to be admiring them. (One day soon it will have its own ruby slippers---with stockings to match.)