autumn blaze

Bald cypress dressed in its best fall fashion (North Florida).

My favorite tree in my yard – I have about fifty of which I planted around fifteen or so. The remainder are “babies” from the original two trees that I planted back in 1991. The bald cypress is a member of the redwood family and some call these trees Eastern redwoods.

Camera and lens – Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM zoom lens.

This one is about 40-50 feet tall.
The top of the tree just before the last light of the day. The cones are clearly visible.

Camera and lens – Fujifilm FinePix S9900W with Fujinon 50x 4.3-215mm f/2.9 zoom lens.

This is about the best color my yard will see this autumn. The things that look like balls are actually cones or seed pods that the male bald cypress produces throughout the growing season. They are about the size of a golf ball and just about as heavy. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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tuesday turtle

I spotted this beautiful turtle (Florida river cooter) trying to find a good place to maybe lay her eggs. My backyard is a natural habitat with a bog, small pond, and stream and one would think is the perfect wetlands for raising young (which it is). In addition to being a great environment for all sorts of creatures you’d think it would also be the perfect spot for a turtle to make a nest and lay her eggs. My front yard is a suburban yard with only a small patch of grass but lots of mulched areas under the big trees. I often see these turtles wandering around in the neighborhood crossing the streets and digging in lawn grasses in failed attempts at nest building.

Here this gal is trying to dig in the cypress mulch without much success.

Beautiful shell which looks like it’s shedding off an older layer. She’s not doing a great job of blending in with her surroundings though.
I got this one close-up and then let her be. I checked the spot she was digging in latter in the day and there were no eggs.

More info can be found at https://srelherp.uga.edu/turtles/pseflo.htm

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Florida Cottonmouth (water moccasin)

The water moccasin is a common visitor in our backyard habitat. This one was about three feet long which puts it in the average size class.

It’s a pretty but very deadly snake and in the nearly thirty years I’ve lived here I’ve seen about a dozen. Lately I’ve seen more as my backyard forest and wetlands have matured.

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

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