Thursday, January 19, 2017

Random back yard visions

Rainbow from our back patio:

Rainbow from back patio 20161123

Our next door neighbor's pet goes for a doggie paddle:

Doggy Paddle 20170106

A Tricolored Heron moves purposefully along the edge of our lawn:

Tricolored Heron 03-20170105

Great Egrets are much more shy, so I must capture this view through the back patio window:

Great Egret thru window 20170106

A Muscovy Duck leads her five new hatchlings:

Muscovy Duck and ducklings 20170101

A Gray Squirrel nibbles on an acorn in our front yard:

Gray Squirrel 20170101

A flyover by Egyptian Geese:

Egyptian Geese 01-20170101

Close-up of a Green Iguana on our lawn:

Green Iguana portrait 20161129

The International Space Station passed over our house in November, 2016:

International Space Station 20161129

A half hour before sunrise, we pass the gate to our subdivision as we head out to the wetlands:

Monaco Cove gate 20161229

A Long-tailed Skipper visits a Lantana blossom:

Long-tailed Skipper 02-20170101

Snow Moon rising:


 Snow Moon rising HDR 20160222

An early morning rainbow over the wetlands:


Rainbow north end HDR 20161125


I have placed the blog on auto-pilot for a couple of weeks as we are dealing with some demands on our time involving neighbors and loved ones, not me personally. I promise to get back to visit you all as things settle down.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

As the fog lifts

We have had several foggy mornings here in south Florida. High humidity coupled with lower temperatures and calm winds create a layer of cooler air which settles over the ground. Under these conditions before sunrise the air may cool to the dew point (this morning in the low 60's F), causing moisture in the air to condense into tiny droplets-- a blanket of fog.

As the sun warms the ground, the droplets evaporate and give the appearance of "lifting" like a translucent ceiling above our heads as we walk out into the wetlands:

Fog Lifting HDR 20160304

Fog imparts beauty to the wet prairie, defaced by abandoned utility poles and scarred by "wreckreational" off-road vehicles:

Foggy wet prairie 20170106

The diffuse light isolates subjects and creates interesting photo opportunities. A Great Egret reflects in the lake:

Great Egret 02-20170102

A Great Blue Heron accents the landscape as fog lingers along the far shore:

  Great Blue landscape 20170105

Not accustomed to the human presence, the heron squawks its disapproval:

Great Blue Heron before sunrise 2-20170105

A Great Egret comes to rest on a small island:

Great Egret 20170103

Great Egret 2-20170103

The sky brightens as the fog layer continues to melt. The lack of shadows softens the images of a Little Blue Heron:

Little Blue Heron 2-20170105

Little Blue Heron 20170105

Little Blue Heron 3-20170105

On another misty morning before sunrise, the same or another Great Blue Heron shifts from a regal to a contorted posture:

Great Blue Heron before sunrise 2-20170103

Great Blue Heron before sunrise 20170103

Lakeside, a Belted Kingfisher:

Belted Kingfisher 20170105

A Palm Warbler in Brazilian Pepper:

Palm Warbler 20170105

A Turkey Vulture rests on the guard rail fence of the unfinished highway to nowhere:


 Turkey Vulture on fence 20170105

A female Soldier sips nectar from a Bidens alba. These flowers are the richest source of nectar of all Florida's native plants, second only to cultivated citrus:

Soldier female 20170101

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Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,

Linking to GOOD FENCES by Gosia

Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy

Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James

Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart

Linking to Today's Flowers Friday by Denise

Linking to Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) by NC Sue

Linking to ALL SEASONS by Jesh

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