Happy SUNday! – texture & contrast

slate and shell

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leaf and slate

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arteries and veins

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Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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wordless wednesday

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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New construction – twosday 2 fer

Another new development is going on here on Amelia Island just down the street from the beach. So far the builders have left the native trees alone (for the most part) and the type of construction with the raised foundations should allow the roots to breathe.

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January 13, 2019

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Taken in June 2018 right after the original house that was there was torn down.

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A warm winter – so far

Here in extreme Northeast Florida (Amelia Island) our winter has been very mild which is following a winter from last year that saw no sub-freezing temperatures or frost. Here it is the second week of January and the trees and plants are showing early spring growth.

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First up are the poor river maples in my front yard. They still have some green leaves from this past summer and leaves that have changed color with the onset of autumn – and now there are blossoms for the next round of leaves. I’ve never seen blossoms this early and certainly, I’ve never seen this many of last season’s leaves still hanging on. I would think that climatologically we’re still capable of having a hard (and damaging) freeze here before February is over.

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Here are our azaleas starting to blossom – about one month too early and indicative of the mild winter we’re experiencing.

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The river maples with plenty of last seasons leaves and the new blossoms starting to pop. A large oak is visible in the background. Typically the oak will shed its leaves during April and May.

At this point in time with so many spring buds and blossoms appearing our hope is to avoid a hard freeze before spring. We hit 76 degrees here along the coast with the mid-80s reported inland.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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The Bog

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A view from my sunroom window of our backyard habitat. Steady winter rains have reestablished the bog. It’s rained for about 48 hours straight as a low from the Gulf of Mexico moved across the southeast.

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Happy SUNday!

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Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Have a beautiful day – thanks for stopping by! Chris

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wordless wednesday

Japan Red Train

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Canon F-1 on Kodak Kodachrome – Yokohama, Japan – 1979

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In the Garden – Imperial Moth

Today’s visitor in our North Florida garden – a colorful imperial moth.

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It’s a gorgeous moth, about 6 inches across and so very colorful.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

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Friday Fotos – There’s a snake in the grass!

I believe this early morning visitor in our garden is a common Florida cottonmouth (water moccasin). Very poisonous.

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Water moccasin taking a break in our garden.

To the left of the cypress tree trunk is the part of our backyard that’s essentially a natural bog and wetlands with heavy tree cover. Ideal for snakes. Most of the snakes on our property are common black racers but we have our share of cottonmouth and rattlesnakes too.

Camera – Fujifilm X-A10 with Fujinon Aspherical Super EBC XC 16-50mm f/3.5 Lens

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Hurricane Hugo – 1989

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Our house at 28A Nimitz Drive at the height of the storm. The image was taken by our neighbor from the safety of their house across the street.

Hurricane Hugo thirty years ago today. The eye of powerful Hurricane Hugo swept over the central U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern coast of Puerto Rico on the morning of September 18, 1989. Here’s our house at the height of the hurricane as the winds whipped to a nearly sustained 100 mph with gusts to 120 mph. The house sat on the highest hill in base housing on the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads (Ceiba, Puerto Rico) overlooking the Carribean Sea. At this point of the storm, our carport roof had blown away (as did the backyard porch roof) and the living room window on the side had blown in. Our tan GMC Jimmy and blue VW bug somehow managed to make it through the storm with only minor paint damage from the sandblasting of the winds. The upstairs front window blew in a little bit after this picture was taken when the winds shifted around as the eye passed.

Of course, many areas of the base were heavily damaged or completely destroyed but the islands of St. Croix, Vieques and Culebra were essentially leveled. Hugo went on to deliver a powerful hit to South Carolina a few days later.

Our daughter had just turned six months old in September so we had evacuated to Florida less than 36 hours prior to landfall (actually the last flight out on American Airlines from San Juan to Miami).

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