Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Our visit from Fay!

We have a wonderful creek on the backside of our property...when
it rains in a developed community to the south of us - they drain
their numerous canals into the creek...when a hurricane comes the
minority is sacrificed for those who have canals behind their property
and do not want water in their we get it.

This is the levels at 11:50am on Tuesday, August 19th...not too bad
but we knew what was coming.

A little later that afternoon about 3:50 pm - the creek she is arising!
The bridge is tied off on each side...and floats!

This is midway across the back yard as i could not venture further
because of the water and ants...about 5:50pm.

And this is our lake...I took this from our back deck! Fay had
ventured on to the east coast of Florida...and we continued to
have the oncoming tail of the storm...lots of rain and runoff from
the canals to the south...Very thankful we never lost electric so
it was all very tolerable. We did have neighbors whose homes
sit on the ground and they had water running through their
homes...Really a shame because they have been there for years..
a lot longer than the new homes being built with canals...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lonely Mushroom

Since we have had little rain this last week and are
expecting some from "Faye" my wanderings found
this little guy.

Night Blooming Cactus

Assuming this is a cactus they grow in some of our palm trees.
Most of the time we only have the long arms of green looping
out bare fingers. I have noticed the beginnings of blooms and
the spent blooms....but i decided to walk early this morning.
The sun was coming up through the oaks but not high enough
to shine its heated rays on the blooms.

They have a real nice smell not over powering but they are huge
and full of colors.
The middle has a pink stem out to the yellow flower and the stamen
are bunched to the other end...I am sure God had a purpose
for this arrangement. I will have to find the name of it and do
some research. Fragile, appealing bloom.

The sun is starting to shine a little warmer but the flower is
holding on to its bloom.
So glad i witnessed the show this morning!

Just an hour later the show is over.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Much Needed Walk

Orange is nice in the garden - spices up the view. We transplanted
these to keep them from being bull-dozed and they keep
producing big full stalks...after they bloom the stalks are cut back.
Nice green and wonderful unusual orange blooms.

I love blue flowers...just so unusual. The purple here is vibrant
and it only blooms one at a time...would really be nice to have
a big hanging pot of them.

I call these hummingbird flowers...i have put them in several
places and they get have very tall stalks with this made for
hummingbird flower on top. Bright red - these are glistening
from a recent rain.

We put this plant in the big oak and it is finally coming into
its new home...nice to look up and find it.

Found this in the yard - just over to the wasn't where
you would expect it and that was the nice part.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


More of the found mushrooms in my yard...

this one wanted the same space as
the mighty he just curved around and found a little more room.

this mushroom is almost transparent...out of a cut off tree stump in the dirt

So delicate at the bottom of a huge oak tree...

some of the tiniest little mushrooms i found...almost missed them.

a visitor to our copper feeding dish...they love this dish-probably
because of the red marble...and they fuss if we forget to empty the
rain water and fill it for them.