Whatsoever Is Lovely Challenge Week # 22

XingfuMama has a really uplifting challenge for us. We are invited to step back for a few moments each week to find something lovely or to tell of a precious moment in our lives. A couple of days ago, after two days of almost continuous rain, I looked out of my kitchen window to be greeted by this beautiful sight. One of my orchids had been very busy preparing for its fair-weather debut and the twins were dressed in the most glorious attire.

There are so many things in life which fill us with joy and nature seems to provide me with something wonderful every day. Whilst I’ve been sitting on my sofa typing this, I’ve had one eye out of the window, watching the Great Blue Heron parents teaching their young one to fly. How blessed I am to have such creatures almost in my backyard.

If you have something lovely to report, be sure to click on this link. Hope your week is going really well.

One Word Sunday: Shadowy

Debbie’s theme for this Sunday is ‘Shadowy’. It’s almost eleven years since we visited Pompeii and walked down this shadowy, cobbled street, which until around noon on August 24th, 79 AD would have been bustling with Roman chariots and people hurrying to and fro about their business. On that fateful day, Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, burying the city under a sixty foot blanket of hot ash and pumice. It stayed like that until it was discovered and excavated in the eighteenth century.

A photo can bring back so many memories and I feel very fortunate to have been able to visit this historic site. If you would like to add a ‘shadowy’ photo of your own, just click the link.

Feathers On Friday: Woody On Lookout Duty

Woody wood stork is a large and heavy bird, over 40 inches tall and weighing approximately 7 lbs. Nevertheless, he manages to balance elegantly and effortlessly on a tree branch. I love to watch him in flight with his impressive wingspan and then see how he gracefully lands on exactly the branch of his choosing. His straight, pointed beak can be 9 inches long and is used for building a nest, procuring food and is also an Impressive combat weapon. He’s always a very welcome visitor to our backyard here in Florida.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend and a very happy Mothers’ Day to all of you who are fortunate enough to be mothers.

One Word Sunday: Lost

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Lost’, got me searching through my Florida wildlife photos, and I quickly came up with four, showing a poor creature that has lost its life. Of course all creatures have to eat to live, but it’s always rather sad to see the ones that have ended up as part of the food chain.

Mr GBH however, looks delighted and obviously doesn’t think it’s sad at all.

He seems to do quite well with his fishing expeditions and certainly hasn’t lost his touch over the years that I’ve been observing him.

You could say that any fish within striking distance of that beak has already lost the battle.

The Cormorant is also very adept at skewering his sushi for lunch. Another hapless fish lost for all time, about to go down the hatch.

I hope you’re all having a lovely, relaxing Sunday. If you have any photos which show something lost or as in my case, of a creature that lost the battle with a predator, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Diagonal

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Diagonal’ reminded me of this photo which I’ve shared before. I think that it’s a “once seen never forgotten” kind of image. We happened upon this scene after a beach walk when we were still living in Umhlanga South Africa. I asked if he could please do it again so that I could take a photo and after a bit of hesitation he agreed, saying that he’d just been for a long run and this was how he cooled off. He was a former Olympic gymnast and even at 50-years-old, hadn’t lost his muscle tone and strength.

If you have anything ‘diagonal’ to share, just click the link.

Wishing you all a splendid week ahead.

One Word Sunday: Symmetry

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ this week, is ‘Symmetry’. Without having to look too hard, I found this photo taken when we stayed at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga a few years ago. They aren’t the most comfortable looking seats, but they certainly are symmetrical.

Here’s something that isn’t man-made and far more attractive. My orchids are doing really well at the moment. I have ten of them in flower and this one has had identical twins.

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it very difficult to focus on anything but this atrocious and abominable Russian invasion of Ukraine, but if you would like to join in Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Odd

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ this week, is ‘Odd’. People can quite often have odd things at the bottom of their gardens. Some swear that they have fairies, but I remember an old children’s song which started, “There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden and his name is Wiggly Woo.” My neighbour across the water from us has something even odder than either fairies or a wiggly worm. Unbeknownst to her, there is an alligator happily sunning himself on the sandbank at the bottom of her garden.

He appeared to be sleeping with one beady eye on the look out for anything tasty passing by.

If you have any oddments for Debbies ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Not Real, But Ethereal

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday‘ theme brought to mind two ethereal lions I have seen and photographed.

This ethereal lion was a part of the boardwalk in our local nature reserve at Green Cay. We always looked out for him when visiting, but unfortunately some of the wooden planks have been recently replaced and Mr Leo has disappeared. I hope one of the workmen noticed his distinguished leonine face and took him home for pride of place on his bar, instead of tossing him on some dump.

The second lion was seen at a local art exhibition in January 2019. This is some very fancy lion indeed, created by Columbian artist Federico Uribe. Entitled “Love”, the sculpture is mainly made up of bullet shell cases. In Columbia, violence is an all too common part of daily life. Federico now lives in the US where sadly, there is also an epidemic of gun violence. Symbols of such violence take on a somewhat whimsical nature as this talented artist creates wonderful animal sculptures from ammunition, interspersed with symbols of peace such as butterflies and hearts.

To join in with Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

I hope your Sunday is a peaceful and happy one.

Feathers On Friday: The Pelis Are Back

Perri and Penny pelican have also arrived back from their summer vacation and will as usual be wintering here in sunny West Palm Beach.

I’m recovering nicely from my hip surgery and so enjoying being back home again after a very eventful trip to South Africa to see family and friends.

Wishing you all a splendid weekend.

An Orange Sunrise

Jude of ‘Travel Words’ blog has challenged us to post something orange. This is the gorgeous sunrise over the Indian Ocean which I photographed from our balcony the day before my hip surgery.

I would like to thank all of you who sent good wishes to me for a positive outcome and speedy recovery. The surgery went very well and I was allowed to leave hospital the next morning after the physio and the surgeon had checked on me. I am recovering well and don’t have much discomfort or pain. I’m so grateful that I was able to get an operation done so quickly and with a surgeon who is really stellar

Wishing you all a great weekend. To join in Jude’s Orange challenge, just click the link.