Egret in the Garden

Sometimes we only have moments to try to capture special views of nature. First I’d like to share the instance of an egret in my friend’s garden. Egrets in Florida usually come in pairs or groups and forage the yard for food. At a slight movement by a human, away they fly. This time the bird just watched and didn’t leave. Time to attempt to capture a photo or two.

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Neighborhood Skies of Blue

Most days in Florida are sunny days with blue skies with highs from 78 to 90 degrees F depending on the month. We were warned last weekend that a cold front was coming down to Florida on Wednesday. It’s here and for me it’s cold. It’s 51 degrees F. The high is expected to be 69 degrees. Those of you who live up north can laugh and enjoy that comment. I laughed when I first moved to Miami in my 20’s decades ago when the highs would dip. Everyone around me was cold and I’d say this isn’t cold. Three years later I had adapted to hot and often humid weather and I was cold when the temperatures lowered. For the next few days the highs slowly go up each day until we’ll be in the 80’s Saturday. The problem with lower temperatures is how most homes are constructed in Florida. I’ve mentioned before that most homes are CBS – concrete block structures built on a pad of concrete as a foundation. Theoretically concrete never really hardens. I just know that when the temperature goes down there is a cold damp feeling in the house even the temperature in the house is only a few degrees lower. This can make my arthritis ache. Turning on the heat for 5 minutes helps burn it off.

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Sundown The Night Before Hurricane Ian

I must say thank you to all who contacted me about my safety during the hurricane. It is Thursday morning and I still have electricity. Yeah! Currently 43,000 people in my county are without power according to the news. I was very lucky. I had over a day of rain and wind, but nothing like poor Sarasota County. They had storm surge of almost 20 feet. Lots of flooding all around the storm’s path. Today the storm continues its path past Orlando to Daytona and then who knows. This morning the wind is like 40 miles an hour in my area and will decrease to normal this afternoon. Then I will open my front door and go into the yard to look around. It really doesn’t matter if limbs or debris are in the yard. I just pray all my neighbors are well. It’s amazing how stir crazy it feels when you know you can’t open the door or go outside. I will only move the sandbags by the front door. There are more tropical storms out there and hurricane season will not be over until November. I’ll celebrate November by moving the sandbags in front of my garage door and side door. I’ll bring them into the garage. Now I have photos to share.

By Tuesday afternoon, I was inside my home which was surrounded with sand bags on all exits. The chairs and table from the porch were all in the garage as well as the garbage cans. My car was parked next to Vickie’s house which is higher ground than mine. As we say in Florida, I was hunkered down. I had plenty of water and finger food. I wasn’t leaving my home until the storm passed. In the early evening as the sun set, I saw beautiful colors in the sky. These photos were take from my new sliding doors in the dining area. Remember I couldn’t open the door without messing up the sandbags. They are placed against a closed door.

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Periwinkle in the Fall

Vinca is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. The English name periwinkle is shared with the related genus Catharanthus.

September in central Florida is still bright, sunny, and hot. The high temperatures are a little lower than August, but it still gets in the 90’s. We continue to have almost daily showers in the evening as fronts filled with moisture come ashore from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Visit to Glacier National Park, Montana

Today’s photos are shared by my nephew and his wife, James and Heather. They celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a trip out west to Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It’s crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears

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