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Oasis…

This oasis is located just minutes from sunset beach.  If I wasn’t such a wimp I might have stuck around for sunset, but I didn’t, mostly because I know I will be back many more times in the future.  You see this oasis belongs to my son, his new-to-him house, where I spent the day yesterday eating my DIL’s great food and drinking bullfrogs.  And enjoying this wonderful backyard.06-15-20Mike'syard106-15-20Mike'syard206-15-20Mike'shottubbers06-15-20Mike'spetunia06-15-20Mike'spinkflower06-15-20Mike'stinypurpleflowers06-15-20Mikeorange06-15-20Mikepink206-15-20Mikeyellowflower

This house was owned by a landscaper, which of course shows.  My DIL’s challenge is to use the app she downloaded to look up what the plants are as they bloom, and what care is required.  My son may have thought that the lack of grass meant a no fuss backyard, but after taming the Mexican petunia yesterday he was planning to ice his back after I left.  The kids?  Well, it may be a race to the hammock…

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This and that…

Ordinarily I wouldn’t have gone back to the botanical garden quite so soon, but my friends were going so I tagged along.  I thought I shot myself in the foot by only carrying my Lumix point and shoot camera.  So far I’ve only used it for night photography, which is what I bought it for.  But I was told it was good for macro too, so I was forcing myself to try it.  In the viewer I was seeing all the shots in black and white, to my horror, and I thought they were all blurry.  Turned out they were neither.

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I have to say that the thing you can usually count on when you go shooting with Betty is that you are going to find photo ops, one way or another.

When I got this she got that, rinse and repeat.

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Thanks to Betty for letting me use her photos to make my point.  We are definitely in our second childhood, but this time together!  And thank goodness I didn’t order a Barbie of my own.  I had no idea you had to be a contortionist to get the photos…

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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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The good sport…

This butterfly is the last of the pictures I took the other day at the botanical garden.  He was last because he teased me the entire time I was there, zooming past but never lighting anywhere for long enough for me to get a picture.  Maybe he wore himself out because when I was ready to leave he showed up and stayed put.  I took pictures immediately, even though it wasn’t the best angle for taking a picture.  But facing away from me as in the feature photo we can see that he seems to have been through some hard times.  A big chunk of his left wing is missing, both top and bottom.  I doesn’t seem to have slowed him down any though.  And he hung around long enough to let me circle around him for some different angles for photos.  What a good sport he turned out to be after all.

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Also at the garden…

Of course there was more than just bees at the Botanical garden the other day, the bee was just the most fun for the photographer.  I also saw some unusual bird species that I hadn’t ever seen before.04-08-20swallowtailkite.jpg04-08-20bluebird3.jpg04-08-20bluebirdsortof.jpg04-08-20spoonbill.jpg

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And lizards.  Lots and lots of lizards.  Not that it takes a trip to the botanical garden to see them.  Nope, they are everywhere…04-08-203lizard.jpg

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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