It’s been a long time since I last found a sand dollar on my local beach. During my walk this evening I was fortunate to find not one, but two of the small discs. I’m hoping they’re a sign of positive things to come…
Pushing Their Luck
I had a bit of a surprise when I stepped outside this morning. As predicted, the Blue Jays have been busy finding the “perfect” spots in my yard for their peanuts.
For some unfathomable reason they’ve decided to stash part of their booty in the wreath on my front door. I wouldn’t mind so much except for the way they’ve gone about making room for their nuts. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very long season…
The dead foliage in my yard told me it was time to get dirty. Peanuts are the weirdos of the legume family, after pollination the flower sends a peg down into the soil where the embryo grows into a peanut.
After a bit of rooting around I had filled a three gallon bucket with peanuts. I’ll toss out a handful every day for the birds. Knowing them, the Blue Jays will probably plant them somewhere. I guess I’ll find out next spring if they found another good spot in my yard!
Tonight’s sunset helped out with the color scheme…
Received this fitting gift from a friend. What a wonderful way to wrap up a warm, sunny day!
I may have been a touch dramatic about the chill in the air this morning (according to my good friend Alyssa). In my defense, it was only 54 degrees at 10:30am!
Thankfully, as the day progressed the sun came out and the mercury rose. By midafternoon it was in the upper 60s and the beach beckoned.
The best part of a cool day on the coast? I pretty much had the place to myself!
Plant It and They Will Come
Since it’s playoff season, I felt it was appropriate to borrow (and slightly alter) a phrase from the world of baseball. The saying rings true in my front yard. Shortly after moving in, I dug out my entire lawn and replaced it with a pollinator garden. I carefully selected native and other plants that would flower year-round.
The pretty pops of color not only look attractive but they attract dozens of species to my yard. This week I couldn’t help but notice a large bee buzzing around.
He was so busy devouring nectar that I was able to capture a few decent photos of this Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica). Two species of Xylocopa occur in Florida, thankfully identifying this one was easy because he was massive! The other species is quite small in comparison.
Their glossy bodies help differentiate them from Florida’s five species of bumblebees. The yellow dot on his forehead (see the first photo) indicates that this was a male, since females lack that distinctive feature.
Not sure this is the best selling point. Downsizing the font would be a quick fix.
On a related note, none of these pools actually use heaters, instead they rely solely on the sun. Which, while copious, will be no match for the chilly winter days ahead. (Yes, I went there and I stand by it – it DOES get cold down here sometimes!)
Nature’s Moving Picture Show
I took these photos within a 15 minute time span on my beach walk tonight. The sun put on a colorful dance with the clouds before slipping away. I do love living here!