NWF – Certified Wildlife Habitats

 

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We encourage you to get your property certified – it’s easy and fun to do. It makes a great family project that pays dividends over and over.

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Our backyard NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

It can be any part of your yard – a small front yard garden or your entire property!

Since moving here in 1991, Carol and I (and the entire family) have planted over 50 native trees on our small suburban property. Since most of our backyard is a natural bog with a small pond we’ve planted mostly water-loving trees – bald cypress, river birch, river maples, pines, Leyland cypress, oaks, dogwoods, redbuds, and a bunch of native azaleas.

It’s important to leave fallen branches in a pile in the yard as it makes great cover for all sorts of critters. Our bog and pond support mosquito fish, river cooter (turtles), snakes of all types and even leeches!

I’m sure a river otter or two have appeared from time to time. We have some stray deer (a bit hard for them to stay since it’s so wet back there), Florida black bears, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, eagles, hawks, and all manner of other birds – mostly cardinals. An occasional vulture is spotted whenever something needs to be disposed of.

The key to our backyard is – no chemicals! No fertilizers, and no watering. It must take care of itself. We do occasionally weed non-native species and invading vines and we do use mulch.

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Bald cypress needles

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Japanese black pine

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Florida river birch bark

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Bald cypress springing to life from seed

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Stamens – as seen by Fujifilm and Vivitar

Azalea stamens in the bright Florida sunlight.

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As taken. No post-production of the image.

Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8 close focusing auto zoom lens using Fotodiox Pro FD-FX adapter.

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This manual focus lens is from 1976 and is in excellent condition inside and out. Some of its most impressive features are the 15 elements in 10 groups, f3.8 to f22 aperture range, multicoated lens surfaces, and 16 inches minimum focusing distance at close focusing setting.

Length 112mm

Weight 550g

Mount Canon FD breech mount

This compact lens impresses with its ease of use and remarkable clarity and contrast. It’s relatively fast at f3.8. With the proper adapter for hybrid digital photography, it’s a clear winner.

Thanks for stopping by! This lens is available for purchase at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Early Blooming Poinsettia

Here’s a poinsettia that we’ve had in our window garden for about 2 years now and this is the earliest it has ever bloomed. We say early because it should bloom late spring to mid fall here in Florida. The variety is “Red Glitter”.

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We’ve done nothing special with the plant – no hiding it away in a closet. It sits in full sunlight in a northwest facing window. What a pretty plant!

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Sago Palm – Pretty but Deadly

A staple of Florida gardening, the sago palm is a marvel of natural design and engineering – beautiful to see but extremely poisonous. All parts of the plant contain the poison (cycasin) but the seed pods (cones, nuts) are the most deadly to both humans and pets.

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Female sago palm photographed in mid-summer before the seeds are exposed.

About 4 years ago, our cat Pirate had a run in with this plant which is on the property line with our neighbor. He showed signs of having been poisoned and our guess was he possibly chewed on a leaf or seed pod. Fortunately, he’s a strong little Tom and after some intense nursing by us, he pulled through. He’s a wiser old cat now, 15 years old and enjoying life.

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Tough guy Pirate defending his mailbox. He doesn’t quite have the get-up and go to climb the mailbox anymore but it was one of his favorite hangouts when he was younger.

If you have these plants in your landscaping and you have small children or pets please be aware of the danger. For more info, you can check out this site.

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Hanging On – Starting Over

The last leaves of autumn and new growth.

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River maple pops its new blossoms while an old leaf refuses to “leave”.

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The last few days of January and the river maples are showing their new blossoms and buds.

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The last pear leaf and the first bud.

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Japanese garden bell catches the last rays of the day.

A beautiful day in the garden as our North Florida sunlight warms with its late winter rays. Hopefully, we’re past our hard freezes and we’ll be frost free the rest of the winter.

Thanks for stopping by! Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

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The Last Leaves

It’s been an odd year for our trees weatherwise and otherwise. What with a prolonged spring drought, wildfires into the summer, the close passage of a tropical storm, and then three well established nor’easters, our maritime forest here on the island has taken a quite a beating. Now we have a second hard freeze. These hardy souls are the last leaves in our yard on a bradford pear tree.

 

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It’s technically a bad photograph – I deliberately shot into the sun under breezy conditions so nothing is in focus. I love the shallow depth of field and the sun rays on the left of the image. I’ll check this morning after sunrise to see if the leaves made it through the night.

Do you explore your yard photographically? There’s so much to see. How about a mossy gate on a fence from a different viewpoint?

 

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The swirling patterns of bark on the pear tree.

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Technically all of these images are not properly exposed or focused and lack sophisticated techniques in their composition and received no post-production. They’re just shots taken on a whim – but we like them nonetheless.

Thanks for your visit and have a beautiful day!

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Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

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