taking advantage of our tourista weather a couple of days ago i met my daughter and her son at a playground close to her home (i also took oodles of photos of him). right next to the play area was a pond where i was able to photograph a great blue heron, a great egret, a snowy egret, and white ibis. while i was doing that i spotted this anhinga looking like a snake stretching its head beak first up out of the water and then completely submerging for seconds. i knew this is how they forage for meals but had never actually witnessed the process.after a couple of dives it came up with a catch -- i guess it was an appetizer because it went right back to fishing. these are the birds that have to dry their wings before flying again when they've finished their meals.
the rest of the photos are snaps that remind me of the season. it finally 'feels' like autumn has arrived in florida and it is truly glorious to be outdoors.
Florida Native Plant: American Beauty Berry Callicarpa americana
I have officially added this plant to my wishlist. The birds will enjoy this addition in my garden.
the fruit from an indian hawthorne bush from my daughter's yard. just when she didn't think she had anything in her yard worthy of a snap. here are a few more...
my 20 month old grandson is fascinated (more like obsessed) with acorns these days- he pronounces it A'torns. he's partial to the kajillion that have scattered to the ground, collecting them in his pudgy little hands until he has so many we transfer them to a bowl. i like the ones on the trees because they are a beautiful reminder of autumn.
giant clusters of queen palm seeds... first green (background) and then ripe amber... another reminder of our tropical florida autumn.
i hope you are enjoying all the signs of autumn wherever you are. what are some of things you love about autumn?