Category: nature
define "weed"
define "weed"

weeds are considered bad. they are something to be dug up, ripped out, eradicated. maybe we should look a bit closer at “weeds”. sometimes they are really quite nice. maybe it’s time to take a minute and reevaluate what we…

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herman
herman

sometimes when you collect shells on the beach you don’t realize that someone else got there first. and that they are still there. i found herman far away from the beach on a pile of discarded shells. someone must have…

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woody woodpecker
woody woodpecker

now that i’m queen of an island i’m getting to know some of my subjects. first up this morning is Woody. He’s very noisy. He likes the tree right outside of my boat. I know that because there are holes…

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just call me queen
just call me queen

there’s a little national park 20 km south of miami. it’s a small island with a lagoon you can tie up in. it takes 11 minutes to walk around. there’s 2 tiny beaches. and tonight it is all mine!!! we…

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palm
palm

looked at from this angle, the palm trees look like fireworks. last weekend we saw 2 different displays of fireworks, was there a public holiday that no one told us about? 

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fast bird
fast bird

Outside the Cuban trailer park, on my way up to La Nina cafe for a fabulously strong cafe con leche, I cut across an empty space because I heard chickens. A whole family! Rooster, hen and baby chicks!!! The rooster is…

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greedy birdy
greedy birdy

 pelicans are not pretty. and boy are they clumsy looking when they land. i do have to admire their appetite though, no dainty eating here. i like creatures that enjoy their food this much.

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dragonfly
dragonfly

we were visited by this. it was like we were being divebombed by this giant thing and then it decided to stay a while. for scale, this rope is 1/2″ thick. how awesome are the wings? i love the details…

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sunset
sunset

Sunset in the Everglades. When you think of the Everglades you probably think of alligators and airboats. The Everglades by the ocean are all mangroves and scrubby trees. The trees used to have leaves but the last hurricane blew them…

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flowers by dr seuss
flowers by dr seuss

the tree is not tall and very gnarled. there are no leaves, just tufts of fuschia “flowers”. no idea what they are but they are awesome!

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sandpiper video!
sandpiper video!

Oh boy! I figured out how to upload video! Yay! I don’t have the ability to edit but here you go, something to brighten up your morning!

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beachcombing day!
beachcombing day!

Yay! it’s a beachcombing day!  Cayo Costa on the west coast of Florida is a national park that I will forever think of as “pig beach”. When I first came here there were wild pigs. Well, wild might be a…

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miss feathers
miss feathers

Miss Feathers is a 28 year old cockatiel. Miss Feathers has a most awesome headdress. Miss Feathers is also a male.

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why some real estate is cheap
why some real estate is cheap

I came across this sign while visiting a friend. It’s just outside her house. It’s 2 miles inland!!! Ever wonder why some of the real estate is really cheap? 

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bill meet bill
bill meet bill

 After 2 1/2 days of driving MiniBill was mighty happy to arrive at the boatyard in Florida. He was sick of being cramped up and eating road food. And it is so nice and warm here!!! And there’s green things…

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natures treasures
natures treasures

 A few years ago I went to see the Treasures of the Hermitage at the Art Gallery of Ontario. My favourite part of the show was the curio room. When world exploration was at its peak, when Europeans were discovering…

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fall walks
fall walks

It was icky and cold and threatening rain this morning so I left my bicycle at home and walked to the studio. When I was halfway there someone in the sky snapped their fingers and “poof”! blue sky appeared. I…

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georgian bay
georgian bay

Fortunately not on our island, and more fortunately we were in a motorboat when we spotted this guy. How something this large can live on berries is beyond me. Wild wild rocky wilderness. I love the little rock pools and…

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