Sunday, January 24, 2010

Whats in Bloom - Mounts Botanical Garden

These are a collection of photos I took as part of a nature photography course held at the Mounts Botanical Garden.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

South Florida Fair

I went to the South Florida Fair for the first time this year. Since I love fairs in New England I thought I'd check out a southern fair to see what it was like.

There were lots of 'shows'.

Our favorite was the Chinese Acrobats.

Elaine, my little sister, wanted to see the pigs race.
They didn't move too fast.

There were lots of 'vehicles' to have your picture taken with.

And even an alligator show.

Look who I found to 'clown around' with.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A visit to the Florida Scrub

I'm taking a course on Florida's native plants at Palm Beach Community College with Dr. George Rogers, the notable plant ID expert. Each week we go on field trips to look at plants in their native habitat.

We started with plants in the Florida Scrub habitat. Much of the scrub has been lost to development, and as you drive along, you see patches between the strip malls and high rises.

Two of the largest areas of remaining scrub are found on the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, which runs parallel and in close proximity to the east coast of Florida. We saw Myrtle Oak, Chapman's Oak, Dwarf and Saw Palmetto. (We also saw about 50 other types of plants).

We parked at Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno Beach.

It is a sea turtle hospital.

After class I went across the street to the beach.

This pelican was just hanging out enjoying the warmer weather. Definitely a fun place to visit.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tillandsia (air plant) in bloom

My air plant is blooming! I bought it a few years ago, and hung it in my silver buttonwood tree.

It is usually grey, but right before it bloomed it blushed (changed colors). Air plants are members of the bromeliad family, and don't need soil to grow in. Its looked like this for a
few weeks.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Freezing in Florida

Right now it is 38 degrees here. Brrr.... feels like New England. I covered my impatiens and brought in orchids, begonias, and succulants. I hope we don't get a frost here.

I get to wear my beautiful scarf Judy made me.

The houses are made with cinderblock construction so you have to bundle up inside.

Emily is happy with this weather though!
From The lizards become completely immobile in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (four degrees Celsius) as their cold blood stops flowing, and have been filmed this week falling out of perches in trees.
I haven't seen any of them around for awhile - maybe I should check the trees.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the holidays.

Can it really be 2010?

Max enjoys a ruben at Hilary's.

I made rugalah of course.

My neighbor, Christine, cooked for weeks before her fabulous Christmas dinner.

She made Max a flan for his big birthday.

The best decorations on the street.