Synonyms for “naturally” include obviously, logically, unsurprisingly, certainly and indeed. The flowers below are growing in the natural, tropical habitat. Unsurprisingly they flourish when allowed to live naturally.
Key West, Florida is historically renown as a home for crafters and artisans. The unique is highly valued and proudly displayed including this custom designed car decor. Nature takes no back seat to the colors and designs found throughout Key West’s Old Town and perhaps inspires creative urges.
This tree, Starburst, aka Shooting Star (Clerodendrum Quadriloculare), blooms only in the late winter and early spring, so was in full bloom last month during our visit. The large, full, blossoms command attention, which upon closer examination divulge its artistic aptitude.
Behind the black wire barrier, a volunteer pulls weeds, non-native species, from an area restricted to non-human entrants. This sectioned-off part of Lincoln Park is one of several “Migratory Bird Sanctuaries” in the park. The designated space has earthen trails around its perimeter providing a wilderness reprieve for the urban weary. The space is comparatively small, but time spent here is relevantly grand.
Imagine my excitement to see this Ibis resting on a chain-link fence at the edge of a Best Buy (electronic store) parking lot. My Midwestern self considers such birds as exotic tropical specimens represented in zoos. It is a foreign idea to consider them common wild birds of the neighborhood. Ft. Lauderdale has been called the Venice of the U.S.; though respectfully I doubt that Venice calls itself the Ft. Lauderdale of Italy. What I’m meaning to say is that waterways are prevalent in Ft. Lauderdale.
I “assume” that it is resting between fishing activities in contrast to Chicago parking lot fowls. Chicago parking lots are inhabited by pigeons and much to the surprise of coastal residents, seagulls. Some explain the seagull’s presence with our large water body, Lake Michigan. But many of the seagulls in Chicago prefer the food left in grocery and mall parking lots. No fishy diet for them.
‘Tis a joy to capture the wonders of the continual harmony between the earth, sky and water.
The science teacher in me is taken by these images all taken on the same morning a few weeks ago. They unintendedly show motion in three forms of matter: solid, liquid and gas. The “liquid” image stops the dramatic motion of an energetic Atlantic Ocean. The “solid” image is evidence of past motion of the sand. And the “gas” image shows seagulls and clouds aided by the winds above the Atlantic Ocean near the shoreline.
Too practical and sterile for the appreciation of God’s wonders for you? Me too. So I wish you a wonder-filled day as you enjoy the images for their grace and beauty.
Several posts ago I showed images of activities in Lincoln Park after our first measurable snowfall. Here is one more plus some photographs taken last spring. Quite a difference between the two seasons. Each season brings its own recreational happenings.