I am not sure why they call them cypress knees. They look kind of eerie and I can imagine a slow speed canoe chase through a foggy wetlands where dodging the knees is the difference between life and death. This solitary one looks like the head of Valcor The Luck Dragon from the The Neverending Story rising from a lake.
I have seen yellow Birds of Paradise bloom in many gardens and growing wild in Hawaii. I also thought they only came in yellow and white until I saw this specimen. Photographed at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida during the winter Orchid Show.
I have only ever seen this plant in the tropics or in conservatories and have no idea what it is called or what type of plant it is. I do love the way it filters the sunlight. I can see having a wall of these plants in an outdoor living space providing a natural sun screen around a pool or grotto.
I came across this scene in The Selby Gardens of Sarasota Florida during the orchid show. The blue heron was overheard saying,” I told you to shut up about that damn insurance.” I turned to my friend Jerry saying I didn’t know that herons ate geckos. I think of them as fisher birds. He replied with a shrug, “Well somebody has to eat them.”
If you read my blog you know that one of favorite subjects is the pelican. The Florida Brown Pelican has a wingspan of up to nine feet and weighs 30 pounds. The white pelican is even larger and the second biggest bird in North America after the California Condor. They are actually bigger than the Bald Eagle and much more plentiful. I love these birds because in flight they look a little like Pterodactyls as they glide through the air. This one was actually nice enough to sit for a portrait.
We stayed for one month on Sunset Beach, a small residential community in Treasure Island Florida. On every clear evening people gathered to watch the sunset, surf or stroll on the beach during the magic hour.
We were visiting Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida when we took a break to watch the sea birds. I saw this sail boat and was admiring it until I realize its keel must be stuck in the mud. We were wondering how it stood upright and then realized it must be really embedded in the mud to not have keeled over.
Gulf Boulevard runs along the Gulf of Mexico before it turns into Blind Pass at St. Petersburgh Beach. After a while it begins again and runs towards the end of the St. Petersburg peninsula. Where it turns into Blind Pass in Treasure Island there is a small spur called Gulf Boulevard West that runs along the Gulf before it ends at Boca Ciega Bay.
This sour is known as Sunset Beach and is a small community within Treasure Island.It is a tranquil Gulf community that is mostly residential with only two restaurants/bars and few other businesses. When the sun sets people come out on their decks and stroll along the beach. It is not crowded but as the sun falls into the Gulf you can hear cheers and applause along the beach.
Watching Pelicans fly is like watching fish in a tank for me. It makes me happy and lowers my blood pressure. When they skim over the surface looking for fish it reminds me of a scene in Doctor Strangelove. George C. Scott is describing how low “his boys” can fly a B-52 under the radar.
This one fishing off the fishing dock at Johns Pass in Madeira Beach Florida.
You can’t really grow camellias in Pittsburgh as they are only recommended for zones 7-10. One of the true bonuses of traveling south during the winter is to see this beauty in bloom all over the place. Found this one walking around Treasure Island Florida. This bloom is probably five or six inches wide!