Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
~Dixon Lanier Merritt
Some of our neighborhood feathered friends. I never get tired of watching for them. They usually appear when I'm far away from my camera, but sometimes I get lucky!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
No one will argue that the Mimosa Tree isn't beautiful. With it's pink "powder puff" crown atop fern like leaves, it is an eye catcher in the landscape.
Originally from China, Mimosa or Silk tree was introduced to the United States in 1745 and cultivated since the 18th century primarily for use as an ornamental. Mimosa remains a popular ornamental because of its fragrant and showy flowers. Due to its ability to grow and reproduce along roadways and disturbed areas, and its tendency to readily establish after escaping from cultivation, mimosa is considered a Category II invasive by Florida’s Exotic Pest Plant Council and should not be planted in residential landscapes.Invasive non-native plants can outgrow, replace, and otherwise destroy our native plants. That's because non-native plants usually do not have their natural enemies -- the diseases, insects and other environmental stresses -- that keep them in check in their native ranges. The destruction and replacement of our native plants has several significant consequences:
- Our natural biodiversity is destroyed;
- Our native plants can be eliminated;
- Our wildlife have evolved to use native plants are not able to make use of non-native plants. As a result, they leave the area or die off.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The lemurs were a little reluctant to leave the shade of their shelters until our guide offered them some food. That drew them out and we all happily snapped away.
The feathered guys seemed to find shade and shelter from the heat under shrubs and trees or better yet in the water.
I almost missed this lovely white peacock. She was tucked off the path in a patch greenery.
This wood duck was swimming along in one of the ponds. The water, though rippled, was fairly still and the mirror image I thought was interesting.
This colorful trio was behind a grated cage and while I was able to make the cage bars disappear, the focus leaves a little to be desired.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Juan Sebastian de Elcano