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.
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.
Someone who has been missing from my back yard landscape view for quite some time, is Alli-Baba. I don’t know where he’s been hiding during the pandemic, but he’s obviously safe and well and now back in business. He has grown quite a lot and isn’t such a ‘baba’ any more. Here we caught him just hanging out quite close to the bank, probably looking for dinner options. i sent hubby out to take the photo, because he’s tougher than me and doesn’t look as tasty. Only Alli’s head was visible above water, with the remainder of his large body hidden from view, but I’m sure you can imagine the missing eight to ten feet.
I hope your Sunday is a relaxing one and of course wish all of my American followers a very happy 4th of July.
We have a new visitor in the form of Dillon the Armadillo. We couldn’t get too close as these creatures can jump three to four feet in the air if frightened, so it’s not a great photo taken with hubby’s iPhone.
The nine-banded armadillo is quite small and mostly nocturnal, so it was surprising to see him during the day. Now we know who is responsible for digging holes in the lawn. There’s always something new to see in nature if one is on the lookout.
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