Whoooo says owls only come out at night? Not this great horned owl in Central Florida. He was looking for dinner.
And then he spotted me.
Happy First Day of Spring! I feel fortunate to have lived in tropical areas most of my life. If you are snowbound, here are some pretty spring flowers, scenes, and creatures I will share with you.
This week’s Challenge is: Spring!
I love sunrises and sunsets, so this was a perfect opportunity for me to show off some of the photos I’ve done for this weekly contest. Most of my photos come from Florida, but hopefully soon I will have more from other places. Enjoy!
I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers This week’s Challenge is:Sunrise, so get up early this week and take some shots of the sky!
This is probably one of my favorite places of serenity to visit. Located on the side of a mountain on the island of Oahu, the grounds at Valley of the Temples is covered in lush green foliage with koi filled streams and is a place where birds will eat right out of your hands. There is a large brass sacred bell (called bon-sho, said to clear the mind of evil and temptation) that is customarily rung before entering the temple. Among entering the temple, a very intimidating gold-leaf Buddha towers more than 18 feet high.
If you plan to the Florida Everglades, you won’t see everything in one day. It’s ginormous! Here are just some of the many species of birds I was lucky enough to capture on camera.
This little guy caught himself a fish!
I believe this to be a blue heron. If I’m wrong, please tell me!
Another version of a blue heron.
This guy’s colors are amazing!
I believe this is the female version of the purple gallinule.
Wood stork – an endangered species.
This guy was eating something and buried his food when he saw me. I told him I didn’t want any.
Very unlike the smaller mockingbirds in our neighborhood, this guy obviously eats well.
This guy caught a fish, too. But I don’t know what kind of bird he is. Can anyone identify him?
I couldn’t get close enough, but I think these are ducks.
Another one I was unable to identify.
Gators, gators everywhere! They are intimidating creatures, but they won’t harm you unless you mess with them. Feeding is prohibited!
This guy had just caught himself a fish. Notice the smile on his face?
This was a “baby”… about 5 or 6 feet long. Isn’t he adorable?
Look closely. How many gators do you see?
Ever been on a trip around the world? These are some of the creatures you may see.
Sometimes I like to switch up from using bright primary colors to something different. Everything I paint depends on my mood. After visiting the Southwest, earthy browns and turquoises were embedded in my mind.
As I’ve said before, I love using bright colors in my abstract work. Many times when I’m painting in abstract, I have no plan attached to it. It’s a “go with the flow” thing for me. It is after I feel the painting is complete that I can see what has subconsciously come from my soul. Many people have seen a parrot in this piece. I saw a heart shape with many colors. At the time I painted this I was living in the Florida Keys and had just met my husband. So I named this “Mending Heart in Parrotdise.”
Save Big Bird!