Greeting Nature-Led Friends!
Suprise! Last week I was in Florida! I have now returned to my boggy delight that is the Pacific Northwest, but not without bringing you all some sunny pictures of interest, education and ominous warnings about where not to swim.
As one of my favorite Tom Waits songs goes, “We made feet for children’s shoes.” This one is now a youth size 5.
This plant is dressed for a party.
I scared this Tolkienesque palm tree Ent from walking away.
Another party plant having a ball!
Eeek, a spider!
The biggest spider I have ever seen in my life in the wild! It’s as big as my hand, and my hands are not small! Consequently, I just read this article from National Geographic about another similar spider that is making its home on the Eastern shores of the United States, the Joro spider (similar to this one, but more cold-tolerant.) https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/these-large-invasive-spiders-could-spread-throughout-us
Nope, definitely not going in that water.
Maybe when you go on vacation you like to relax, but to me, relaxing is a foreign concept I just can’t seem to gasp. It is my curious nature to always be on the prowl for new learning experiences. As part of my enjoyment in traveling to new places is to support the local work of fellow nature lovers. Here are two places I like to support every time I go to Florida:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center https://marinelife.org/
This turtle rescue organization is currently going through an expansion and remodel. There was only one sick turtle there at the time of our visit. I would assume current sick and injured turtles are being cared for elsewhere.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary https://www.buschwildlife.org/
I love the phrase “cypress knees.” I don’t know why this one in the foreground looks like it’s giving me the finger though. Rude!
That’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed the pictures! Have a great rest of your week!
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