Immature Wood Stork:
Time stands still, measured not by a clock but by the depth of morning shadows and the increasing heat of the south Florida sun.
In a shady spot or on an overcast day I can spend the better part of an hour just staring into a thicket, tracking slight movements of limb and leaf, following shadowy figures among the twigs and enjoying the distractions caused by fluttering butterflies.
Zebra heliconian on Ligustrum:
The touch of a breeze, the hint of smoke in the air, the sweet scent of Ligustrum blossoms and the turpentine smell of blooming Meleleuca are nearly subliminal but essential parts of the outdoor experience.
Ligustrum attracts a Polka-Dot Wasp Moth:
Gray Squirrel eats Melaleuca blossoms:
Where others may see black, I can see color.
At the rookery, watch and wait. The hidden beauty of a courting Yellow-crowned Night-Heron will be revealed:
The Tricolored Heron includes many tints in its three-toned palette:
Uninvited, but so welcome, a bright green female Painted Bunting decides to spend a few seconds before me, in perfect morning light:
Another small but thrilling surprise-- a curious Bobcat cub makes ready to retreat:
A Carolina Wren, often so elusive, is staged very prominently in front of a tree trunk, but look-- beneath it is a carpet of wild Poinsettias. Christmas is not far away!
Close-up of Wild Poinsettia:
They are just a row of boulders along the path...
...but look closely and find "life on a rock:"
Back home, a Green Iguana sun-bathes on our patio wall:
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