Friday Feathers: Just Pecking A Hole In Your Palm Tree

Woody woodpecker has been seen on numerous occasions, clinging to the trunk of one of our palm trees. Usually he flies away before his photo shoot, but yesterday he was too busy to notice he was being spied on. That’s quite a sizeable hole already. I hope he intends making his home there and raising a family.

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Last year, one of our neighbours across the lake told hubby that he became so irritated by the rat-a-tat-tat of a woodpecker incessantly pecking at a tree in his backyard, that he had the tree chopped down. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I would definitely call overkill. I felt sorry for the palm tree as well as the woodpecker.

Happy weekend to you all.

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Pull Up A Seat, Mrs. Edison

Four years ago we visited the Edison Heritage garden in Fort Myers. Thomas Edison’s second wife, Mina Miller had a great love for the tranquility of formal gardens and created many beautiful ones in the grounds of their extensive winter estate.

This sculpture shows her sitting on a bench, peacefully admiring the plants around her.

 

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This couple are resting a while to admire the ocean scene from a well-placed bench in my home town of Umhlanga Rocks. I really miss that view, and hope to be back there for a visit very soon.

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To take part in Xingfumama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge,‘ just click the link.

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Feathers On Friday: Exquisite In White

Seen at our local wildlife reserve. Mr Great Egret puts on a courtship display to attract the ladies.

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These long feather plumes are called aigrettes and in the early 1900’s, because of their especially beautiful long feathers, these birds were almost hunted to extinction when their feathers were required to adorn ladies’ hats. Happily, this terrible practice motivated bird lovers to organise the protection of these and other threatened birds, resulting in the creation of some of America’s first bird protection societies.

Wishing you all a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

So Stylish In Orange And Black

Grandpa Igasho shows off his new orange and black outfit. “What do you think of my Halloween costume? I thought I’d better grab it quick before they were all sold out.”

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This is my contribution to Debbie’s ‘Six Word Saturday’ challenge.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend.

 

Grandpa Igasho Comes To Visit

I’m afraid I’ve been rather absent from the blogs lately. Since our return from South Africa and England, we’ve driven up from Florida to see our family in New Jersey, calling in on friends in North Carolina for a couple of days. I had a wonderful birthday weekend with our son and family, but unfortunately we had to curtail our trip somewhat, as just before we left, I went to see an eye surgeon, who confirmed that my left eye has now developed a macular hole, just as my right eye did late last year. Today I go in for surgery and am sure it will be just as successful as the op I had done In South Africa. Many years ago, my dear Granny had eye problems and eventually became blind. I’m so grateful that there are such wonderful eye specialists and surgical procedures these days.  Living today, we are so fortunate that medical science has progressed so far.

This morning, Grandpa Igasho appeared outside my bathroom window to wish me good luck.

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I told him that soon I’ll be able to see him with both eyes, and I’m sure he understood perfectly.

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend. I’ll see you on the flip side.

Isolated Subjects for Cee’s FFC

All of my isolated subjects for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge are animals or birds, as these are my favourite subjects to photograph. I thought I’d do this post as a sort of fashion parade.

First up we have the gorgeous Tricolored Heron looking very swish and dapper, with blue beak makeup and wearing pink stockings. The outfit is topped off with a white feather fascinator.

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Next up is the dashing Grandpa Igasho, wearing bright orange hose to match his stunning fiery mohawk. Note the wonderful and very tough keratin jacket which is made from actual lizard scales.

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Peli pelican, showing off his handsome profile, poses amongst the flattering green foliage. His splendid gray- brown and white feather ensemble tones really well with his spectacularly large orange and gold-tinged beak.

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Here we have the stunning Great Egret attired in a dazzling snow-white feather suit, with black tights and fashionable yellow footwear, chosen especially to match his eyes, beak and face make-up.

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Majestic Woody wood stork could be called ‘cute’ in the old dictionary meaning of the word, which is “ugly but interesting”. He could well be the poster boy for ‘skinheads of the wild’ and his attire, although somewhat on the grungy side, would appeal to those of his fans who wish to look unusual and not too polished.

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Last but by no means least, is the elegant and long-legged Miss Rosy spoonbill, flaunting her striking, bright pink plumage. The rather large and somewhat bizarre-looking built-in spatula at the end of her beak, whilst not exactly attractive on a young lady, is a great asset when it comes to mealtimes.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my solitary subjects found here in Florida. I wish you all a happy and relaxing weekend. I will be busy packing for our trip to South Africa.

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