the Azaleas are budding.
they like the cold. so do i.
this past week we've had a few hard freezes.
no snow here in north florida...but the water in the bird bath froze!!
here's a close up of the water...which i thought looked pretty cool...
with the leaves beneath and the reflection of the trees.
just before the freeze...i noticed the camelia was about to bloom.
luckily it did. for one day. then it froze, turned brown and shriveled up!
remember the three little bananas growing in our yard??
this was the first year we had bananas on this plant!
well...they never had a chance to mature.
maybe this year they'll sprout bananas a little earlier.
this is what they look like now.
i found TWO more (Barred) owl pellets, but haven't had the chance to dissect them yet!
THIS is the BIGGEST i have ever found!
2 ¼ inches long and 1 ½ inches wide!!
it's hard to imagine a pellet this size making it up & out of the owl without choking him!
i find myself wanting to gag just imagining that.
feathers on the ground...in piles...in one area...
hmmmm...i think someone...something... has been munching on a Red-shouldered Hawk.
AND that's NOT ALL that has been munched on.
fur spotted on the ground. clumps of it. appeared to be Opossum fur.
i followed the trail. to the far back of the yard...just beyond the tree line into the woods.
sam spotted it first.
there, on the ground.
a fairly clean carcass. still much fur clinging.
definitely a 'possum. poor little guy.
(you know i'm keeping the bones!)
look at the little skinny ribs in the picture below.
we're thinking maybe a bird. hawk or owl...ate him.
if it was a fox or coyote...or a dog...it would have been dragged off.
but a BIG bird (no, not the yellow one!) would have caught it & pulled it apart right there...
on the ground.
too much information?
ok...smile...here's a Pileated Woodpecker in the front yard.
and a squirrel...
trying to decide if she wants to get a drink while i'm standing there on the porch.
too close for comfort.
but thirst won.
a quick note...i mentioned last time about my son travis coming to stay with us.
well...we THOUGHT he had a job. travis thought so too.
he worked LAST saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday...
then the boss had to go down to south florida to pick up some palm trees from his palm farm.
travis hasn't heard from him since...and he doesn't answer his cell.
we drove by his business here in town, but the gate has been shut & locked ever since last week!
hmmmmm. so travis is waiting (im)patiently to get paid for his time.
then it might be back to employment app's if this doesn't work out.
will keep you updated.
i leave you with a milo snooze.
ummmmm...is she dreaming of gymnastics? the cat olympics?
it looks like she's getting ready to do a head stand.
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
stay cool & have a safe journey.