Feathers And Scales On Friday: Let’s All Take A Turn

With the really strong winds we’ve been having in Florida, it was only a matter of time until the leaning palm tree in our backyard, toppled over, fortunately towards the lake and not the house.

Annie Anhinga was the first wild resident to discover it and it soon became a favourite spot for drying her wings in the sunshine.

Next up was Woody wood stork, who also liked to pose there for the odd photo.

I’m happy to report that the Iguana Control guy hasn’t done a very thorough job of ridding our neighbourhood of Iggys, and was delighted to see that a young, bright-green one had also found his way onto the palm trunk for a quick shot, but only with my camera.

In only a few days, the garden service came along with their chainsaw to chop up the tree and cart it away. Annie, Woody and Iggy returned the next morning, only to find that their newfound perch had vanished. I felt quite sad and would have liked to explain to them, but unfortunately they don’t speak English.

Wishing you all a great weekend. Stay safe everyone. (Since updating the software on my Apple watch, it informs me every morning, “You have no events.” Sounds about right.)

One Word Sunday: Whatchamacallit

Debbie’s fun theme this Sunday, ‘Whatchamacallit’, brought to mind something I saw when strolling around the medina of Fez in Morocco. The only form of transport allowed in the busy market are donkeys and mules, so to keep the ground clean and hazard-free for us humans, the animals are required to wear a ‘Whatchamacallit’ on their hindquarters. Can you think of a better name for it?

Wishing you all a happy Sunday wherever you may be.

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One Word Sunday: Creepy

Living in the USA, there is no shortage of ‘Creepy’ during October. Our neighbour has really made an effort to creep us all out with her front garden ghouls and ghosts.

Horror amongst the leaves.
Palm tree spook
Stuff of nightmares

I think that’s enough ‘Creepy’ for this post. To join in Debbie’s ‘Creepy Challenge’, just click the link.

Hope your week is lovely, with just the perfect amount of creepy.

Feathers On Friday: Woody The Magnificent

Woody wood stork has become a frequent visitor to our backyard and I’m always so happy to see him. Today his feathers were looking particularly pristine and well groomed.

It takes a lot of effort, to look this good.

Just before he left, he called out to me, “Wow, look at me now! I hope you’ve got a good photo.”

Then he strutted away, no doubt on his way to impress his buddies, or maybe a young lady wood stork.

Wishing you all a very good weekend. It’s been raining such a lot here in Florida, but I can see “enough blue sky now to make a sailor a pair of trousers”, as my favourite childhood author Enid Blyton once wrote. Now that was such a long time ago, but still sticks in my mind.

One Word Sunday: Bright

Debbie’s one word for this Sunday, is ‘Bright’.

The Red-winged Blackbird has a couple of red and gold epaulets to brighten up his black feathers. These birds are quite plentiful in North America, although I’ve not seen one in my garden. This photo was taken at the Green Cay Wetlands just down the road from us, a visit to which never fails to brighten our day.

Wishing you all a pleasant Sunday. To take part in Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Skyline

Debbie’s one word challenge for this Sunday, is ‘Skyline’.

I think this skyline speaks for itself. My photo was taken many years ago when Hollywood was really buzzing and churning out new films all the time. Unfortunately with the outbreak of Covid-19, the film industry and consequently the movie cinemas have really suffered. I saw this week that the much anticipated new Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ has been pushed back to next year. I was so looking forward to watching Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond.

Wishing you all a pleasant Sunday. Please stay safe.

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One Word Sunday: Spectacle

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday -Spectacle’, immediately brought this photo to mind. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel in Southern Peru and after it’s discovery by Hiram Bingham in July 1911, it became one of the ‘New 7 Wonders Of The World’. It is most certainly a stunning spectacle to behold and to explore and I was very happy to be able to cross it off my Bucket List.

I hope you’re all having a most enjoyable weekend. Yesterday, Ali Baba our resident alligator came cruising past our kitchen window. Now there’s another spectacle for you, but he’d unfortunately disappeared again before I could grab my camera and go out to wish him a very good morning.

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