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Conspiracy theories…

I’ve suspected a conspiracy for quite a while now.  Since I bought my house in Florida in 2005.  We hadn’t owned the house long, and were just visiting every other month for the first three years, but we quickly were talked into getting a ‘bug guy’, because ‘if you don’t have termites now you will eventually.’  Not wanting to arrive at the house and find that it was occupied by hordes of bugs, we signed on.  But the thing of it is, we never saw a bug.  Not in my house, and not here in the mobile either.  Nope.  Not until the actual bug guy paid a visit, and then there would be a dead palmetto bug lying in a corner, or under a table, immediately after the bug guy put in an appearance.  I suspected he planted those things to ensure that you would keep paying the bill.

Lately I have been patting myself on the back for finally signing on with a bug guy for this place, prompted by my plan to head out of here for an extended trip to somewhere.  And on the two occasions that he has paid me a visit I have spotted a palmetto bug shortly after each visit.  The last time he was here I informed him of my suspicions and he pretended to be amused.  I told him that I find those darned bugs to be so creepy that I usually leave them lying in state for a couple of days, just to be sure it’s really dead before I go to scoop it up and it leaps into action.  I think he rolled his eyes,  but he assured me that if it’s lying on it’s back you can be sure it’s dead.  He LIED!

 

 

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Marching ants…

Excuse me for using a Photoshop/Lightroom term simply to amuse myself.  I didn’t notice the ants on that flower bud, my friend did.  But I did like how clearly the ants showed up in the viewer of my camera once I did see them.  I have no clue what they were doing, but they sure looked busy.

It poured on Tuesday morning, and the thought of rain drops on the flowers at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens was what got me out the door as soon as the sun came out.  Raindrops, flowers, butterflies, and lizards were everywhere, perfect fodder for a couple of photographers who were getting antsy (pun intended) being stuck at home.

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So I googled ants and bromeliads and you are going to have to trust me that the ants provide nutrients for the plants.  Or google it.  If you do then maybe you can explain it to me because it was way over my head…

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Leftovers

I as able to go to the rookery much earlier in the day than usual on Sunday because it was overcast so I wouldn’t be shooting into the sun.  Normally I have to wait until after noon so the sun is behind me and lighting up the views of the birds nesting.  And the pictures of the birds that I took that day were the ones I paid attention to.  But I made another stop that day.  I stopped at the lake in my park to look for dragonflies again, and again I found only the black ones there.  It was disappointing, and it was made worse by that same overcast sky that had the water also looking gray and dull.  But when I found myself wide awake at 3 AM this morning I got up and made a pot of coffee and looked at the rest of the photos, and found a few surprises.

These irises caught my eye because they were the brightest thing out there that day.  There were only a couple of stalks of them and they were being blown around, the petals folding over each other.  04-16-20iris2

As I walked to set my tripod up at the edge of the lake I realized that I had company.  This Great Blue Heron was standing like a statue so I took a few pictures of him, and even though I had looked at those pictures before I hadn’t noticed the dragonfly photo bomb until this morning.04-16-20greatblue.jpg

And, speaking of photobombs, I also noticed this. 04-16-20photobomb2.jpg

I have no idea why the water looks the way it does in this picture, but I like it.04-16-20dragonflywater.jpg

I learned that the one thing that you can count on concerning trying to photograph dragonflies is the they always return to the same resting place.  So if you are patient and focus on that spot your subject will always return, which explains why I got a zillion of exactly this same shot04-16-20dragonfly.jpg

But I’ve come to not be happy with just dragonfly pictures, now I want their faces. 04-16-20faces.jpg

What I said to myself as I put the coffee on this morning was that I’d be able to go out for the sunrise.  I’d be ready to go early enough.  Only it’s raining.  Now what…

 

 

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Bee happy…

You probably know the feeling by now.  That you have reached the end of your rope and need to get out of the house, but you also don’t want to break the rules.  Rules being a big deal as far as I’m concerned, although I have broken more of them in the last couple of years then in all the previous years of my life put together.  But I digress.

So the perfect place to go seemed to be the Nature Coast Botanical Garden.  Not too far up the road, and in the past there have never been more than a few people strolling among the flowers there.  To go there was a no brainer.  But the butterfly garden section wasn’t in bloom so no butterflies, and the water garden area didn’t seem to have any dragonflies that I could spot.  I did see a nice fat bee at one point, but he hardly stayed put long enough for me to get him in focus.  The trees were full of birds who were chirping away, but I couldn’t see them.  It was disappointing to be out but not seeing what I’d hoped to see.

I was at the point of leaving when the tiniest of white daisy-like flowers caught my eye just on the other side of a picket fence.  As I looked I saw a tiny insect land on one of the flowers and I zoomed in with my 400mm lens.  I thought it was a fly and told myself I was nuts taking pictures of a fly, but through the lens I could see that it was a tiny little bee.  It was sized perfectly for the tiny flower.  And not only that, he stuck around long enough to let me get more than a few photos.  He made my day.  Not what I had set out to see, but I’m used to that happening.  I went home and tucked myself back into quarantine.  Tiny flower, tiny bee, tiny house.  Not-so-tiny me needs to walk more and eat less…04-08-20bee2.jpg04-08-20bee3.jpg04-08-20bee404-08-20bee7.jpg04-08-20bee6.jpg04-08-20bigbee.jpg04-08-20bee5.jpg

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Dragonflies…

I confess, I was feeling a little sorry for myself, missing sitting in my former backyard with my camera and letting the photo ops just happen as they may.  Would it really be easier to be in quarantine in that house as opposed to this little place?  Probably not, it just seems that way.  But with that in mind as I walked the park yesterday I decided to look for dragonflies at the edge of the lake, and there they were.  Not as pretty colors as some I’ve seen, these all seemed to be black.  And they were pausing on the tips of the grasses that were being tossed about by the wind.  But one guy landed in the grass giving me a better chance for a picture.  As I concentrated on taking pictures I remembered that my fellow park residents always talk about the alligator that suns itself on the far side of the lake, which is where I was at that moment, so I decided that I was done for the day, though I paused to watch the osprey who was cruising on the wind overhead.04-06-20pondview04-06-20ospreysoar.jpgAs I headed home I thought of the big, fat orange dragonflies that always seemed to zoom by, teasing me while I tried for pictures in my backyard.  Zooming past but never landing where I might have a shot at a photo.  Then when I got home and put my photos into the computer I discovered this one.  Now I will have to go back and be more patient, and better prepared with a tripod next time.  It’s odd what’s right under your nose sometimes and you don’t even know it.  04-06-20orangedragonfly.jpg

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Main Street…

Errands brought me to Main Street, New Port Richey the other day.  Much to my surprise I noticed a lovely little park there, but couldn’t stop to investigate that day.  So today I made it a point to go back and check it out.  It was a quiet little spot, in that there were not many people walking, but a nearby playground supplied all the happy kid noises you could ever want.  This weather is my very favorite time in Florida.  By our standards it was almost sweater weather, though my Northern friends would think we were nuts.11-26parview311-26parkview411-26parkview211-26parkview1I walked around the lake, mostly because I saw all the birds across the way.  But before I had gotten to taking pictures another walker stopped me to ask if I’d seen the duck on a nest.  I hadn’t, I had walked right past it.  He said there were four eggs there, and he and his daughters had just seen her rearrange the eggs and settle back down on them.  I thought her nest was not very protected, even if getting a photo was a challenge.11-25mommaduckI did get around to taking pictures of the birds, but it was the flowers and the bees that got me in trouble.  I walked across the grass to get close enough to the flowers, but when I turned to go back to the car I found myself walking through wetness in the grass. In my flip flops.  Mud.  I’ve insisted that there is no mud in Florida, but I was wrong.  This wasn’t just mud, it was more like tar, and it ended my travels for the day.  I think I’m glad I didn’t have my hiking shoes on after all, they wouldn’t have survived.  Flip flops, however, have at least nine lives.11-26egret11-26ibiseye11-26flowers11-26bee