I bought some Marigolds to get rid of the bugs on some of my other plants. I never imagined they would turn into such interesting photographs. Score one for seeing the beauty in the small things.
On a recent trip to The Florida Aquarium, this little guy was hanging out near the glass. It seemed like he was drawn to the camera. I kind of dug his happy little face. Porcupine Pufferfish. What a name.
Beetlejuice! It's showtime.
"Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose."
Last June, I went to Discovery Cove and took about 1000 photos. It is taking me forever to review, sort, and process them. Probably won't even have them all done by the time I visit again in a few months. Oh well.
Anyway, I am in love with this little bird. He or she is so sweet and calm. Its feathers are all puffed out because it had been pouring rain just before I took the photo. I think that it might be a Black-Throated Laughing Thrush, but I'm not sure. Either way, I am in love.
I am obsessed with my garden lately and have been spending a lot of time at Home Depot. I love to bring my camera to the garden center because there are always beautiful flowers and interesting insects.
While shopping for Cosmos, this bee landed on the flower and started trying to shake some of the pollen off of his legs. It was fascinating to watch him work, cleaning himself similar to a cat, and the shadows on the white flower were just perfect. It was a cool moment, and I was glad to have my camera ready to capture it.
One of the most exciting things about my new house is the big, sunny patio that has finally allowed me to start the garden the I've dreamed about for ages. Currently, I'm growing romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, red peppers, and a huge variety of herbs.
However, the thing that I was the most focused on growing was strawberries. I visited my Grandfather in California when I was very young, and he took me outside and let me pick fresh strawberries from his garden and eat them. They were delicious. The sun had warmed them and it felt so homey. I imagine being able to do the same thing at my home, and this photo is of my first garden strawberry flower turning to fruit. It is my first hint that my dream is happening. It is a beautiful little flower, isn't it?
Waking up the last few mornings has been a cruel joke. It is complete darkness outside and complete grumpiness inside. I am such a tired little kitten when my schedule is changed. So here's a big yawn to you, daylight savings time.
This is a sort of a soft, emo new year wish for all of my fellow Pisces. These are all songs that I love to listen to on repeat for hours. These are songs that I can't help but sing along to very, very loudly and full of emotion. The best kind of songs really.
As my Valentine's day present to you, I present this smoldering heart that's about to get hammered. The perfect metaphor for love: either a beautiful bond is created or it all falls apart in a smoldering hot mess.
I went to the Florida State Fair last weekend. I was too emotional in the animal area and overwhelmed with the number of people on the midway (impossible to take photos really), so I retreated into the nostalgic loveliness of Cracker Country. Living history.
Also, I've been working on my website. If you get a minute, check it out and let me know what you think. I'm trying out a new design for the blog too. The content is still a bit of a work in progress, so check back.
It is just a state. A moment. We're into a new year, which, for me, has followed a year of sea sickness with the norm of extreme highs and lows. This is a moment of quiet that follows so much rushing and worrying. To be honest, the void of worrying is a bit worrisome. I guess it is just the moment of change. Life is shifting again. Anyway, this is what sounds good.
These are the tracks: