Thursday, June 22, 2017

Puzzle Solved!

We just finished our second 1000 piece photo montage. 

By the end we were seeing red. 

Considering we only pay .99 cents at the thrift store for these challenges, we've been fortunate that out of 2000 pieces there have only been two missing.  That keeps in the 99 theme with a percentage of .999.  We're getting ready to start our third so we'll see where our percentages end up after this one.

We don't see her all that much these days, so when we do, Annie makes sure to get her licks in and let us know that those little motor bikes of ours aren't really so special after all!

A while back one of the bushings on our windshield wipers gave out after 28 years of faithful service.  We had considered going ahead and doing all of them but being crunched for time we opted to only replace that one.  Then a few months later, another went out.  As we were replacing it, the rain was beginning to pour down.  So, once again, we decided to only replace that one.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago when on our way home from the beach in the rain.... bushing #3 gave out.  This time, we finished off all bushing with new and fingers crossed should be good in the rain for another 28 years. 

                                  Weekday Traffic

Our resident Yellow-crowned Night Heron hanging by the pond.

Suppose these guys were looking tasty.

                      One of our flashier swimmers.

We see more blooms each day.
Like these Rhoeo spathecea flowers,

also known as Moses In The Craddle which is a bit more
obvious in this shot.
This Shell Ginger plant is new for us and quite pretty.

The aptly named Firecracker.


Did you know that Pineapple plants are a bromeliad?

Not something we expected to see in our neighborhood.
            We were transported to Hawaii for a moment.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Possum Long Audubon Nature Preserve

Located just a short motor-bike down the road from us this preserve includes almost 5-acres of urban forest and sloughs that are slowly being rehabilitated to their natural states.

It seems we are (intentionally or not) working hard to build up our heat tolerance and on this day once again chose to make the outing smack dab in the middle of the day. 

Needless to say, it was quite warm but we trampled around and took in what we could before the lure of creating our own breeze by motor-biking became too strong to resist.

Two Juvenile Red Shouldered Hawks highlighted the day.
They did their best to hide but we still spotted them several times throughout our visit.
The Bromeliads were still showing some color.

Possibly in the trumpet creeper family.  Still investigating.
  We spotted this tiny Eulophia graminea (Chinese Crown) orchid.
While delicate and pretty, it is unfortunately an invasive and one of the newest invasives we’ve seen to date having first been discovered in 2007 in Miami. 

Nicole doesn’t really have a mushroom bucket list per se but she does have several that she’d like to see.  Seeing them though is purely haphazard for us.  The Clathrus ruber aka Latticed Stinkhorn is one she’s been interested in so she was pretty excited when Darlene found one on this walk.  It was on the way out but it still goes down as a much desired lifer.

more bloomin’ bromeliads
Two Great Southern White Butterflies Blending In

We found a nice shade tree just as one of the Red Shouldered Hawks did.
A bit of a size differential. Would you believe that this Red Bellied Woodpecker was aggressively defending her nest and had no fear of the monstrous beast next to her?

Gloriosa rothschildiana
Gloriosa Lily
That’s all for now...