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This is a preview of new beginnings in one of many wildlife gardens and yards. Stay tuned for coming out parties and first flights (hopefully).

Beginning transformation on wall

Beginning transformation on wall

 

Short time later....

Short time later....

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Chrysalis with Monarch wings showing through

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Titmouse nest with newly hatched chicks

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A Monarch butterfly visited two days last week. You see the result here. Last count, there were nine, very tiny caterpillars. The cycle begins again.

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owls-020-1There is really no story behind this shot. The neighborhood kids alerted me that two owls were in the palm tree, so I ran out with my camera and got this shot of one of the barred owls. She really is a beauty and her cooing who-who’s are soothing music wafting through the orange blossom scent on a Florida day in March. We have wonderful neighbors on this block, and not all of them live in houses.

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It was like shooting (or spearing) fish in a barrel for these big guys down at the pond today.  When water levels are high, birds dive for food in the glassy water. When it gets low, as it is now, the long legged water birds like egrets and herons just wade out and pick fish off until they are stuffed. There is another stage when it is reduced to puddles and mud and dead or dying fish lie all around. You would think that part would not be desirable. Ah, but you would not be a vulture. That’s when the clean-up crew comes in and takes away the stench, leaving the pond bottom clean and ready for summer rains that will keep it full most of the season. That’s when the soft shell turtles, bass, gar and other fish swim back over from adjacent lakes and ponds. No cycle is wasted as long as we let nature take its course.

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Let It Snow

Firebush lit by the sun

Firebush lit by the sun

Yellow leaves on a blue sky

Yellow leaves on a blue sky

Thanks, WordPress, for the snow. It is such a treat falling through our sunny, Florida skies.

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Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Venus

Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Venus

This crescent moon above Jupiter and Venus was in a dark, clear sky tonight in Orlando, Florida. It was stunning. Hope you can feel a little of it.

Check out Wired Science Blog for good information on this cool event: http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/12/tonight-planets.html?referer=sphere_related_content

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Haiku to Fall

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Bright green canopy

Your fate crunches neath my feet

And yet you return

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