Mundane Macro Monday: Just Hovering

Actually, nothing in nature is ever mundane, but some things, especially the smaller  flying insects may sometimes escape our attention. The Halloween Pennant dragonfly is one of the most prolific and colourful found here in Florida. They don’t stay still for long, so one has to be very quick.

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Wishing you all a very pleasant week.

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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.

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.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Isolated Objects

Here’s a gorgeous tri-coloured heron in monochrome for this week’s ‘Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge‘. Still so beautiful and and even more elegant without the colour.

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Iggys Are In Danger!

dscn4557Yesterday, hubby received an email from our home owners association, asking whether we would be interested in having our Iguanas shot once a month by guys with pellet guns, at a cost to each home owner of  ‘only’ $500 per year. Obviously not the bargain of the century. Of course, our reply to the email was in the negative.

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I think that adapting to our environment is essential when moving into a neighbourhood. We should remember that animals were here before humans and in spite of the way that man recklessly abuses our beautiful planet, will most probably survive for much longer too.

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We love to watch the wildlife here, but apparently not everyone feels the same way and the thing to do instead of enjoying it, is to complain about it. Some people really need to get a life and wake up and smell the roses as well as admire the birds and animals we are blessed to share our world with.

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Apparently some of our neighbours are complaining that their plants are being eaten by iguanas. We have prevented this happening to our garden by planting only bushes and trees which the iguanas don’t find tasty. Our orchids and other delicious flowering plants such as hibiscus, cyclamen and impatiens are protected inside our screen room, which makes perfect sense to us. Anyway,  I really don’t welcome the thought of strangers with pellet guns roaming around outside my house. If it does happen, they’d better have good insurance in case they hit one of my windows or worse.

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What do you think of my Iggys? Are they not perfect examples of their species, which is more than can be said of some humans?

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Here is young Iggy Rock Star, the veritable James Dean of his species.  He could be the poster boy for the campaign against cruelty to his scaly brethren. Let’s hope James Dean’s quote, “Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse,” doesn’t come true for him.

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I really don’t know what the answer is to the burgeoning Iguana population in Florida. One can hardly give them all birth control. All I know is that I would really miss seeing them around. I’ll let you know what transpires once the powers-that-be have come to a decision on the matter.

Have a great weekend dear friends.