Lizardry

“Hi, hello there. I heard you were missing your small green Florida pals. I see you’re planting a garden too.”

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“Hmmm….those rose bushes look promising. And salad in a pot? Clever!

Photos? Why certainly you may. Just be sure to get my good side.”

 

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“Do you like this beard? I try to eat well to enhance its brilliant orange hue.

Notice any missing bugs around the house? Yes, well that was me. I hope you don’t mind. I love small spiders and beetles and those-who-shall-not-be-named. Some people are quite sensitive about them.”

 

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I really must be going…
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But I’ll be back. Maybe I’ll bring friends. If you’d like!

 

Oh, I really would, Mr. A. I really would.

Bye-bye!

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Bubbles and Bees

I hope everyone has had a peaceful and love filled holiday. Ours certainly has been.

The world outside is a buzzin’ with life now that the temps are rising and the rain has been falling; but this weekend was beautiful and mild, making for long outdoor intervals. For us, it is always the highlight of Spring to plan and plant, and this year we are waiting and watching to see what shows up in the new place before we add or take anything away.

The Carpenter bees have been asserting their territorial tendencies lately, forcing a showdown at times; but they fight with each other more than us, so I am hoping soon they settle down a bit. They love to show off and virtually taunt me to take photos. The lens’s reflective nature will scare them also so it is tricky getting good shots. Still, there are those shining moments…

 

So annoying…..yet so beautiful!

So I just blew some bubbles and let them have their way in the blossoms!

 

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This image brought to mind a favorite song from my..ahem…school days. I hope you will click on the link and enjoy it while viewing the remaining images of the friends and flowers in my world today.

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Big Red carefully makes his way to the feeder.
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The Jonquil tree finally blooming
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This one tried too early. 😕
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Spent some time working on jewelry
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These are my new favorite pieces.
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The ‘wings’ are actually tree seedlings
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These seedling pods are known as Samara and are from the Maple tree
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They hang in clusters before twirling to the ground like tiny whirlybirds!

I know not all of these magnificent seedlings will become new trees so am working on ideas to allow them to continue on in special ways. The jewelry is just one! Stay tuned.

When hubby researched the samara seedling he discovered that observation of its movement has inspired the design of a drop delivery system for emergency supplies and someone is working on a single blade helicopter design based on its movement!

Amazing nature!

Someone even managed to capture the seedling falling in a stop motion setting. What a beautiful job they did too!

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Image by Patterson Clark.

 

Enchanted Woodland Trail/#ThursdayDoors

One of the best parts about moving to a new city is exploring the parks and wildlife areas nearby.  We had a chance to do this recently at the Chatahoochie Nature Center.  It was frigid cold but we warmed up quickly as the sun rose high in the sky and filtered down through the beautiful woodland trees and we hiked our morning away.  The first place we chose to walk took us toward the Butterfly Garden which is pretty still this time of year; but I look forward to Spring and revisiting when it is teeming with new color and life.

 

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The entryway (kind of a door) to the butterfly garden area
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Then we saw this! A must see for me. Just what made it so enchanted anyway?
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It looked like a beautiful trail from the start

 

Then hubby pointed out the first little miracle of enchantment.

 

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A friendly and welcoming place

 

We thought it was a random thing, like the Tiny Doors project in Atlanta.  

That is a favorite of mine that I have blogged about before here on my old blog.

 

But no, it was only the beginning. Around each curve, behind most bushes, rocks and hidden in trees were more and more tiny houses-and with them, tiny doors!  I’m sure you could hear me squealing down the hillside.  Which explains why I didn’t get many bird shots for awhile.  haha.

 

I hope you enjoy the walk as much as we did.

 

 

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The park also has animal recovery habitats where we saw owls, hawks and bald eagles that had been injured and unable to function in the wild.  And the beaver habitat was so cool.  This fellow was working on his door while the missus rooted for ‘grub’.

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So glad you are back Norm.  Norm hosts this Thursday Doors event and always has some terrific doors of his own.  Do visit there and follow the hoppy little blue frog to visit other great doors and also add a link to your own post.  You know you see doors every day! Maybe it’s time for a closer look.  And for a look at some reverently beautiful DC doors visit my friend Dan at No Facilities.

 

Meanwhile, have a gorgeous day whether you are treading water, snow or just plain trudging along.  It is always good to remember one thing…..

 

 

 

Happiness is like a butterfly-lovely, often fleeting and always free.  Just like my new tree friend, it is also steadfast if you carry it within your soul.  Happy Thursday! This is the best part of reality dreaming for me-when we all share something beautiful.