A strange looking trio of birds dropped by the other day to visit the two little ponds near where we live. We didn't recognize them, but we realized that they were the size of the Canadian Geese we used to see up north on Long Island NY. So, checking the internet (they weren't in any of our bird books either), we found that they are Egyptian Geese. Not native to the U.S., but now roaming around Florida in pairs or groups, probably having escaped from petting farms. They certainly are not afraid of humans as evidenced by their bold walk out of the water right toward me - looking for food most likely.
Three and a half years ago our little orange tree was uprooted by Hurricane Wilma and we thought we had lost it. It was a miracle we still had it even then as most citrus trees in our county (Broward) had been cut down due to canker. But this one bore great fruit and was canker free. It took root again, but all the leaves turned yellow and slowly it started to die. Citrus Greening - an Asian micro insect the size of a pinhead - was evidently blown in by the hurricanes that year. Sadly, we watched it dwindle to almost nothing. No fruit that was edible that year or the next 2 years. Then, a miracle, new healthy growth, buds blooming, and this year we had a nice amount of great juice oranges. Now it is blooming again, with lots of new growth, and look what has returned - a ladybug!
We don't water this part of our yard as evidenced by the grass growing beside the walkway. But look at the bouganvillea grow, not just bloom, but actually grow as tall as the house. It was pruned back about 3 weeks ago, and desperately needs it again now. Incidently, we haven't had any measurable rainfall for the entire 2009 year.
Yes, this is a picture of a gardenia blossom. I took it this morning in my backyard in Dania Beach, Florida. I am going to try to post a photo every day taken somewhere in my neighborhood. And perhaps also to get in some photos of things I make, too!