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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No way to treat a tree!

Obviously, trees that grow near power lines need to be trimmed but in a perfect world, these trees wouldn’t have been planted under existing lines in the first place.

I love trees and it bothers me when planners are so shortsighted that what they thought looked good 15 years ago wouldn’t look good as the tree grew.

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This once beautiful oak is now a hacked up mess. I’m thinking it’s borderline dangerous to split a tree like this oak so severely.

Here’s another situation where the county planners didn’t account for a building’s final height. How long after this building becomes operational as a hotel before they request the local government to cut it down?

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An approximately 70-foot tall oak is touching this building that’s still a couple of months away from opening. The building’s foundation covers at least half of the trees root zone and the paved parking lot covers another quarter of the tree’s roots. Doomed. I suspect that within a year, these three trees will have been removed and three or more smaller trees and palms will stand in their place. A constant trade-off that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

At the same construction site, heavy equipment stands parked within a few feet of these oaks violating the root zone of these gorgeous trees. The paved parking lot will further cut the roots off from water and air.

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During the construction process, our county tree ordinance clearly prohibits this practice. The minimum tree protection zone is 20 feet from the trunk of the tree(s). Ideally, the zone should extend out to the furthest point of the tree’s canopy.

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Right after the clear-cutting of the forest last May (2018). The tree that is now leaning against the building is just to the right of the first pile of sand nearest the blue tank.

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A closer look at the “leaning tree”. Notice how close they cut through the roots to these trees. Most of the roots of the tree are exposed to the air and it will surely die or become diseased and therefore a hazard which will allow them to cut it down. A typical practice around here.

Here was the Stop Work order dated June 1, 2018.

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This Stop Work order was issued after the above clear-cutting was done and only after a citizen pointed out the violations of the tree ordinance to the appropriate county authority.

Location: Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida. If you want to see this for yourself, visit Google Earth and enter 2246 Sadler Road.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

 

In the Garden – Good morning reptiles!

I went out to check the bird feeder early this morning and was rewarded by a visit from a couple of my garden residents.

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This river cooter is a regular because I’m lucky to have a nice natural bog and pond in the woods behind my house and although it’s a turtle “Disneyland” back there they do enjoy getting out and about and catching some sun. This gal is about football sized as a point of reference.

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One of the hundreds, yes hundreds of lizards in my yard. This one normally hangs out on the fence but almost always catches the first rays of sun on these rocks.

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The dogwood is finally getting its leaves – it’s always a late “bloomer” but this year it was particularly slow. This one was started from a tiny tiny seedling sent to me by the Arbor Day Foundation – it’s taken about 8 years just to get to be about 5 feet tall and has yet to bloom.

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Portulaca – aka “moss rose”

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Have a beautiful day y’all! – Chris

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The power of trees

On December 30th of last year, our river maples in the front yard were in full-color bloom –

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December 30, 2018

On March 5th the leaves are starting anew –

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March 5, 2019

You see leaves but what you’re really witnessing is the raw power of a tree. In less than sixty days the old leaves fell and new leaves established themselves.

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These two river maples were started from seeds from other maples in our backyard – we transplanted them at about the two-year point in their lives. They should add some significant height this year as we’ve had a super wet Winter so far.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

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Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Part 2

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A foggy North Florida morning seemed like the perfect time to grab a shot of my maple trees. This is about as much color as we can get out of these river maples without having a freeze or frost. I’m rather proud of these two as I grew them from seeds taken from one of my other maples in the backyard. I started them in pots and then transferred them to the front yard. I’d guess that these are just shy of ten years old – they’re doing well in the front which gets lots of afternoon sunlight.

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

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The View from our Garden Window

A look through our garden window on this wet and cool North Florida day. Traditional autumn colors mixed with the pink of an Encore azalea and the wonderful colors of a poinsettia – oh, and our strange little “cactus” from somewhere in the galaxy (last pic).

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Our tribute garden just outside of our dining room window. The cypress fence becomes alive with lichen and moss through the years – lots of sun and tropical rains provide the perfect environment. Papa Sol has been looking over the garden for nearly 20 years now – keeping it safe and providing a home for lizards.

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The Home Depot “cactus from outer space” that keeps changing into new and bizarre shapes almost daily. I don’t think it was meant to live this long.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

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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

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Chris

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

Chris ^.^

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