Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Sunset

Mom and I headed to the Sanibel causeway to catch the sunset for Christmas Eve...the beach had quite a few folks doing the same.  The sun was huge and such a contrast to the cool blue water. Merry Christmas to you and your families! May you all be blessed.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dark Sky

This was taken a couple summers ago from the water at the Sanibal lighthouse beach.  Clearly there was a storm brewing...but it was so awesome in the water...we (along with a lot of others) stayed until the rain came. But I just had to get a photo because the dark sky against the blue/green water was too much for me to resist.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Leafy Structure

This is another taken at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  There were a lot of these plants with HUGE big elephant ears...they were such a beautiful green (I love green!!) and when I looked at them against the sun, I could see this cool pattern...I didn't notice the couple of little nicks on the leaf I selected...I'm kind of sad about it...BUT I became a member that I'll go back again and get another shot of a more perfect model.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hobie Beach Trees

This beach is on the south side of the Rickenbacher Causeway on the way to Key Biscayne.  It's called Hobie Beach. It used to have a bunch of pine trees...alot of shade to sit under and people would bring their dogs to the beach...really a cool place to park at night and just listen to the waves lap along the shore.  About a year ago, the city started a project to improve the beach.  The trees are all gone, except for these two...which stand in the water most of the time.  Not sure this is an improvement...I'm sure the contractors think so.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fairchild Tropical Gardens - 3

This one was taken of a plant during my recent visit to Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  I really like it...the colors...the direction of it...but I have to say...the mix of teal, green and pink reminds me of this hideous couch we used to own...totally 1980's...but it did the job :o)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Angel Wing - Skywatch Friday

Last weekend on Key Biscayne...the clouds formed this beautiful angel's wing...totally loved it!  To see more skies from around the on the title of this post to visit Skywatch Friday - enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bat Flower

This is another from my recent visit to the Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  I remember the volunteer pointing me toward this one and calling it a Bat Flower. Tacca chantrieri, or Bat Flower, is a dramatic and exotic plant native to the jungle regions of Southeast Asia. When growing the Bat Flower it is important to keep in mind that you’re trying to recreate the jungle‐like environment in which it thrives.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fishing Silhouette

On Friday, after walking one length of the Key Biscayne bridge, I spent some time on the fishing pier...a section of the old bridge left for folks to fish and shrimp.  I saw this guy pull a few in...I couldn't catch him with a fish because they were moving to quickly...but I caught him blocking the sun...and this little guy in front trying to get as lucky with a catch of his own. Some times I add some contrast to my photos...but this one is completely untouched and're seeing it exactly as I did.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Smoky Mountains National Park - 2

This was taken during our drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park and starting to descend.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fairchild Tropical Gardens - 1

I've wanted to go to the Fairchild Tropical Gardens here in Miami for the longest time.  Today, I finally went and became a member so I can go back all year.  It was a beautiful place and so peaceful. I know I'll be back again soon.  Today, I took quite a few I'll post them every now and then.  I have NO idea what I was taking pictures of...just anything that appealed to my I'll just title these after the Gardens until I get more educated on what they have there.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Show Off Seagull - Skywatch Friday

Today was Veteran's Day...a day to celebrate and appreciate those that have fought for our country and have thankfully returned. After lunch with my best friend and her husband, I spent the day on Key Biscayne...walking the bridge and playing with my new camera.  I need to go to a class to be able to use the features besides "auto"...but I still got some interesting photos today.  There were A LOT of seagulls around today...a lot of people fishing so they were hanging around for a little snack.  Between our recent trip and today...I finally have some new stuff to post :o)  Be well everyone...and to see sky photos from around the on "Skywatch" in the title of this post to visit Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Smoky Mountains National Park

This was taken as we drove north on US 441 through the Smoky Mountain National Park last week on the way to a family wedding in Gatlinburg, TN.  I just got a new camera and had alot of opportunities to test it out during the vacation.  So I finally have some new material to post :o)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Watching the Sunset with a Cop - Skywatch Friday

Headed to one of my favorite spots to catch the sunset...and found a police officer parked in my spot.  I wasn't detered...I pulled up next to him and got out of the car.  He laughed when he saw I was there to photograph the sunset...said we both had the same idea. Of course I wasn't smoking a cigar while I was watching the sun sink into the I guess it wasn't exactly the same idea :o)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Winfsurfing Sunset

Mom and I were on the Sanibel causeway catching the sunset a few weeks ago...and this parasailer was enjoying it in a whole different way.  He was gliding back and forth parallel to the he interjected himself into my photos quite a bit...but I didn't really mind :o)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Yikes...look at those spikes!

I see these trees as I drive along US1 in Miami and was dying to get a closer look.  Today I was out running errands for work, was in the vacinity so I finally stopped.  They look bizarre! Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it...

The silk floss tree (Ceiba speciosa, formerly Chorisia speciosa), is a species of deciduous tree native to the tropical and subtropical forests of South America. It has a host of local common names, such as palo borracho (in Spanish literally "drunken stick"). It belongs to the same family as the baobab and the kapok. Another tree of the Ceiba genus, C. chodatii, often receives the same common names.

The natural habitat of the floss silk tree is the north-east of Argentina, Paraguay, and southern Brazil. It is resistant to drought and moderate cold. It grows fast in spurts when water is abundant, and sometimes reaches more than 25 metres (82 ft) in height. Its trunk is bottle-shaped, generally bulging in its lower third, measuring up to 2 metres (7 ft) in girth. It is studded with thick conical prickles which serve to store water for dry times. In younger trees, the trunk is green due to its high chlorophyll content, which makes it capable of performing photosynthesis when leaves are absent; with age it turns to gray.

I sure do miss posting like I used felt great to be out taking photos today :o)