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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Signs of spring.....

About two years ago I took a cutting of a friend's ground orchid...and it is finally blooming for the first time!  The picture above shows the entire plant, and the close up shows the elegant little flower.  Each flower is only about 3/4 of an inch in diameter!
Click on the picture to see them full sized.


I don't know the name of these, but they have a succulent looking leaf, and their bright flowers are so cheerful!


Today was a gorgeous beach day.  Unfortunately, I had uploaded pictures to my computer last night and failed to put the memory card back into my good camera, so this was taken with my phone....and heavily  adjusted on IPhoto!   

Next weekend we'll head back to the beach with the good camera - there were two baby (only a few days old) osprey in a nest right next to the sidewalk and quite low.  I spent a lot of time watching mom feed them.  I also noticed the mockingbirds chasing other birds around - obviously protecting their nests, which they do with a fierceness that is frightening.  They will fly right at you if you get too close!  If I'm lucky, the three pelicans perched on the "No wake" sign will be there for church services again.....as will the red heron (rare to see), the snowy egrets, and the fishing osprey.  

1 comment:

Kim Dellow said...

Oh gorgeous, what beautiful photos and beautiful flowers. Roll on Spring! Kim