Lens Artist Challenge – Nature

Last year, we took a tour boat ride down the Peace River for a day of relaxation. We were quite surprised at how much we didn’t know about Florida wildlife. It was a fun day. We plan to do it again.

Florida Gator out for lunch

According to our guides Captain Jeff and his First Mate Lisa, ibis, roseate spoonbills and alligators are native to warm climates and Florida. The information they imparted on our tour was both historic and humorous. He did manage a few tall tales along the way. 

His constant companion, Rusty, made himself comfy for a little relaxing snooze.

The sun reflected its’ warm rays on the calm waters as we traveled down the Peace River to hidden estuaries into undisturbed corners of nature. 

When Ponce de Leon discovered these waters, he’d penned the name Rio de Paz. It was later changed to the English translation of Peace River. Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led the first European expedition to Florida. 

In the distance, you can see white Ibis nesting among the mangroves. An Ibis is a gregarious wading bird with a downward curving beak.

During Hurricane Charlie, back in 2004, many of the wildlife shelters along these shores were damaged and destroyed. The banyan tree, native to India and part of the mulberry family, is an enormous tree with many uses.

Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree.

Fish and small birds, nest and take shelter in these roots. The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder. The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys, and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination.

As we all know, every would-be pirate needs a good ship, and Blackbeard had one of the best. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was a monstrous converted slaver ship, packing 40 cannons with room for dozens of murderous pirates. This mighty pirate ship could go toe-to-toe with any armed merchantman. On board her decks, Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. 

There’s a tale that Blackbeard wanted to hide many of the treasures he’d amassed. As you can see by the photos, this is very dense foliage along these waters. To find the locations of where he’d buried his booty he would plant a palm tree. Palm trees do not grow along the water’s edge. They have to be planted. There are a great many people that, even today, search for Blackbeard’s treasures which are said to still be hidden somewhere in this dense foliage.  

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 33 – Nature

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Ladyslipper Pretty in Pink

Cypripedium (aka Ladyslipper Orchids) are by far, the showiest and most popular of the hardy terrestrial orchids. There are 48 species total in northern temperate land masses around the world. The majority are in East Asia. There are 11 species of Cypripedium native to the United States, found in every state except for Florida, Hawaii, and Nevada.

The name Cypripedium comes from a mix of Latin and Greek. It alludes to Cyprus, the island that was the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite (Venus) and ‘pedilum’, a shoe or slipper (or feet), and so literally means Aphrodite’s Slipper.

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 A Photo a Week Challenge – Pink

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Shadows of Love

Shadows of Love 

Rose - two shell hearts blue.web

Romantic love reaches out in little ways

Rose - two shell hearts blue II.web

 Romantic love is showing attention and admiration

Rose - two shell hearts blue2.web

Romantic love remembers what pleases a man or a woman

Two Hearts and Rose.web

Romantic love remembers what surprises or excites each other

Rose - two shell hearts # 3.web                   

 It’s the actions that whisper ….

You are the most special person in my Life.             

©photography/poem by Isadora DeLaVega    

                      

 

 

      

 

Lens Artists – Shadows

Your mind is a garden

Your thoughts are the seeds 

Your can grow flowers

Or, you can grow weeds.

©anonymous

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Fertilize

Fertilize … Fertilize … Fertilize

Relax

You can’t control everything.

Sometimes, you just need to relax

and have faith that things will work out,

Let go a little and just let life happen.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

Wordless Wednesday – No Room Aboard

Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Curves

 

Curves Sculpture – Celebrity Cruise Ship Equinox

Sculpture @ John and Mabel Ringling School of Art and Design – Sarasota, Florida

Breaking Free Sculpture by artist Robert Stagmeyer

 

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Friendly Friday – Inspiration

Church – Costa Rica          2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Inspiration

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A Pair of Red Lips

A Pair of Red Lips

A Pair of Eyeglasses Times Four

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Pairs

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