Week 13: Backlit

With so many flowering plants and trees in Florida year-round, it is easy to find backlit flowers, which is what I usually think of when I think of “backlit.” They are all around. This one was spotted as I walked out of the Field Club one Sunday afternoon. I don’t know what kind of flowering tree or large shrub this is, and if you do, please share the name. It’s very showy.

Backlit

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Week 12: Macro

At first glance I thought these specks on this tropical plant were part of the plant, like the brown hook-like parts protruding fromthe flower. Then I started shooting the flower and realized they were ants! Bonus!

Ants on Flower

 

Week 11: Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather

An end-of-the-rainy-season downpour had just ended as I pulled into the Publix parking lot. A magnolia tree was in front of my parking spot. The cluster of aging leaves in a field of shiny green magnolia leaves said “shoot me,” so I grabbed my ever-ready camera from the back seat, did a final couple of swipes of the windshield wipers and took the shot.

Magnolia Leaves

Week 10: Something Huge

My friend and I were driving through a neighborhood in northwest Bradenton, minding our own business, when we saw a Huge (fake) shark hanging from a front-yard tree. What? What’s up with that? I have no additional information to share, other than there is a Huge shark hanging from a tree in northwest Bradenton.

Shark in Tree

Week 7: The Color Purple

I had never heard of Beautyberries until I moved to Florida and saw them years ago at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. I loved their shape and deep Color Purple. I found these the end of August on Anna Maria Island. Beautyberries grow four to eight feet tall and wide on deciduous shrubs. They add nice color to an area, and hold on to their berries for a long time because, while edible, birds don’t particularly care for them. Some people pick Beautyberries to make jelly and to use the leaves as insect repellent. American Indians made Beautyberry tea to treat illnesses. As for me, I will continue to enjoy looking at them (and photographing them) when I see them on occasion.

Beautyberries

Week 6: From Where I Stand

After the 8-14 inches (or more!) of rain that fell in Manatee County last week and having an infinity pool we didn’t have to contract for, I figured there would be a snake or two in the yard, given we live on a pond. Sure enough, a Great Blue Heron was in the yard doing snake duty. I stood in the doorway of the cage, and from where I stood I got the picture before the bird maneuvered the snake down the hatch. Now I know what those long necks are for!

Snake CU sig FB

Week 5: Forms in Nature

I am blessed to have beautiful naturescapes (natureshapes?) right out my backdoor. Besides the wonderful wildlife in and around the pond, a remnant stand of Longleaf Pine trees captures my view. A mature Longleaf Pine’s shape takes on an attitude all its own, and its quirkiness is rather amusing. When evening cumulus clouds stack up behind the , the result is a double whammy of nature shapes.

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