Unnatural Pink?

It looks almost out of place in the garden but this crepe myrtle brightens our day with its bouquets of “Barbie Pink” blossoms.

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Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro Zoom

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Another one bites the dust – more destruction = less trees

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Former residential property is now commercially zoned along a quiet stretch of Sadler Road here on Amelia Island. With proper tree protection zones established around the massive oaks on the front of the property, these trees may make it through the construction process – but as you can see in this image, destruction is in progress with NO tree protection barriers in place! Soil is also being dumped over the existing grade which tends to suffocate the tree’s root system.

These 5 beautiful oaks need immediate protection from the destruction-construction process. The City of Fernandina Beach has tough tree protection ordinances on the books but at this moment, it would appear that some of those codes may have been broken. Stay tuned!

Chris

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 ^.^

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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All rights reserved.