It’s grey and raining here in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, so to brighten my day, here’s a holiday memory from last year. Whilst walking along London’s South Bank, we came upon this bright and cheerful carousel, which I stood and watched for a while, remembering childhood days of fairground visits complete with sticky candyfloss, toffee apples, coconut shies, and winning a goldfish in a plastic bag which unfortunately got dropped on the way home. £2 in those days was a small fortune.
Last year on our trip Costa Rica, we visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Our guide told us to keep a look out for the spectacular Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird, and we were lucky enough to see this one perched for just a moment.The male is about 15 cm long, one of the largest hummingbirds in the world.
Last Monday we went into New York to the One World Trade Center and also went to the top of the Observation Tower. What a great view from 102 floors up! Here looking down at the Hudson River, you can see Ellis Island which houses the historic Immigration Museum, and to the left, Liberty Island on which stands the iconic Statue of Liberty.
Here is the bird I really bought the bird-feeder for. This was taken from my bathroom window yesterday, but today I saw two of them hopping around with four squirrels. I don’t think they’ve been able to use the bird-feeder yet, but we’re making a plan.
In the meanwhile, here’s my Birthday Boy in blue.
It’s a beautiful day here in Florida and we’re off to meet friends for brunch at the Old Key Lime House restaurant on the Intracoastal. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Out for a Sunday paddle, Mrs. Beakley and her seven fluffy ducklings.
This is also day #7 of my ‘7 Days of Nature’ challenge; thanks to Anna of ‘Una Vista Di San Fermo’ for inviting me to participate. If you would like to join in, just post a nature photo on seven consecutive days and link to my blog. You can also invite another blogger to take part.
Have a very happy Sunday, and I want to thank all of you who wished me well yesterday. I’m happy to report that this morning I’m feeling so much better.
“Butterflies are not insects, they are self-propelled flowers.” ~ Robert A Heinlein
On Thursday the Queen’s 90th birthday, just next to the path by the gym was this beautiful ‘Monarch’ butterfly. She stayed just long enough for me to get an iPhone pic, whilst other gym members came scurrying by, not even curious to see what I was taking a photo of. You can miss so much beauty in nature if you don’t take the time to stop to look.
This is also my 2nd day of the ‘7 Days of Nature Challenge’. Thanks to Anna of Una Vista Di San Fermo, for nominating me to do this again. If any of you nature lovers would also like to also join in, please do. I’m also linking this to Jude’s ‘Get a little closer’ Garden Photography Challenge.
The first thing I do when I raise my bathroom blind in the morning, is look to see if Sammy squirrel is anywhere in sight. He’s usually busily scurrying around searching out his food caches and possibly making more. These Eastern Grey Squirrels hoard vast quantities of food, and can make several thousand caches per season. Maybe that accounts for the numerous small holes in our lawn, but how could I possibly not forgive someone who looks so cute?
I’m also linking this to Jude’s ‘Get a little closer’ Garden Photography Challenge. Hope you’re all enjoying a great Sunday.
Wishing you all a splendid Sunday. Tonight we’re looking forward to meeting friends at the club for the monthly ‘Sunday Buffet Dinner Extravaganza’ which is always a delicious occasion.
This is my final entry for the ‘7-Day Nature Challenge’ which my blog friend Gilly nominated me to take part in. It’s been a lot of fun and the theme was right up my street. If you would like to join in, then consider yourself nominated by me. The rules are simple; just post a nature photo for seven days and link your post to my blog. You can nominate another blogger each day to also take up the challenge.