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+

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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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

Thanks for stopping by!

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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The Last Leaves

It’s been an odd year for our trees weatherwise and otherwise. What with a prolonged spring drought, wildfires into the summer, the close passage of a tropical storm, and then three well established nor’easters, our maritime forest here on the island has taken a quite a beating. Now we have a second hard freeze. These hardy souls are the last leaves in our yard on a bradford pear tree.

 

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It’s technically a bad photograph – I deliberately shot into the sun under breezy conditions so nothing is in focus. I love the shallow depth of field and the sun rays on the left of the image. I’ll check this morning after sunrise to see if the leaves made it through the night.

Do you explore your yard photographically? There’s so much to see. How about a mossy gate on a fence from a different viewpoint?

 

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The swirling patterns of bark on the pear tree.

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Technically all of these images are not properly exposed or focused and lack sophisticated techniques in their composition and received no post-production. They’re just shots taken on a whim – but we like them nonetheless.

Thanks for your visit and have a beautiful day!

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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Irma Damage

Almost everywhere in Florida was affected by Hurricane Irma – some more directly than others and of course some suffered a complete loss of their homes, businesses, cars and lives. The difficult journey of recovering from the damage and destruction will be a long one and some will just give up and go.

Our corner of Northeast Florida (our little island) for the most part did pretty well considering where we are located. Closer to home, our neighborhood had damage but the homes came through. We lost our power for 61 hours – a small time really compared to what others will see.

These pictures are from around 8 AM or so on Monday morning (9-11-2017) – the winds were still gusting into the high 60 mph range with some gusts to near 90 mph in the predawn hours.

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Neighbors house avoids getting damaged from a rather large oak branch.

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Directly behind our house on another street. This was about a 60 foot oak that blew down and missed the house completely.

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Just outside the neighborhood at the beach. Just after the highest water was receding.

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At the beach. Only a few poles came down.

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Some damage along the beach road (above and below).

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By the afternoon on Monday, the strongest onshore winds were past but the ocean was still very rough.

The best to all that are suffering through their recoveries from Harvey and Irma.

Chris and Carol

Backyard Habitat

A few images from this past autumn, winter and this early Florida spring.

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Frosty Mist

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Endless Patterns

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Bald Cypress

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Florida’s Redwoods

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Competing Greens

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River Birch Bark

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Rusted Bark

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Peaceful Place

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Whoops! Not quite in our backyard habitat.

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot W170, Samsung Galaxy S4, Canon F-1

Peaceful day to all…

Chris