Happy Earth Day 2018!

Celebrate the Earth and all of its creatures –

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Do something nice for the Earth today!

Thanks, Chris and Carol

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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

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

 

I’d Rather Be…

In response to this week’s photo challenge

“I’d rather be”…

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“I’d rather be”… Standing in Yosemite with my family

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“I’d rather be”… With Carol at The Magic Kingdom

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“I’d rather be”… At ANY New York Mets game

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“I’d rather be”… With my favorite Mets fan

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“I’d rather be”…

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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Beach Renourishment on Amelia Island

A never-ending process of replenishing lost sand along our barrier island. The sand is dredged from the St. Marys channel and then pumped on to the beach where heavy duty bulldozers then spread the sand. These operations will go on 24/7 for the next 2 to 3 weeks.

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Looks like fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

C&C ^.^

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Tour Guide – Amelia Island Beach 2.8.18

It’s been a very rough 6 months or so here on Amelia Island – a tropical storm passed nearby and 2 early nor’easters have wrecked havoc on our normally pristine beaches. Our tour today will show us some of the preparations underway for a large-scale beach replenishment project – moving sand from point A to B, C, D, and F.

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Just lookin’ for a little peace.

Dredging and then the pumping of sand on to the beach is expected to start around March 1st. Lots of heavy machinery, pipes, and whatnot over the next 2-3 months. When they’re done our beach will be ready for whatever nature has in store this hurricane season.

Submitted for consideration for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

Thanks, Chris

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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