A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.
See those thin slivers of pale yellow-green with a middle of dark green? Those are shrimpfish. The seahorse is holding on to the plant life with his nimble tail. The lighting was very dark in this section of the aquarium, I need to go back and get more practice shooting these. Tough assignment.
These small (only 3 to 4 inches long) fish were fascinating to watch, poking their heads in and out of their "burrows". The Wikipedia page does not tell us a lot, except interesting to note, the males carry the eggs in their mouths till the young hatch.
Note: auto-correct was used to remove the very green tint to these photos, a bit of sharpening was also done to crisp up the edges. They moved fairly quickly and being so small, they were a challenge to capture at all. They were entertaining to watch.
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. This creature can grow to over 6 foot long. These particular specimen were about 3 to 4 foot (to the best of my memory). I liked how they lined up, almost perfectly horizontal, unlike many of the other species who swim all over the place, up and down, in small circles, in, and out. Not these dudes, just line up and make one large circle in the tank.
Crossing two states and two weeks (give or take), I have been drooling a bit, the Joshua Trees have been in bloom, buds to blooms. I have been frustrated because for many many miles there was no way for Man to pull Jolly and Tana over for me to get a photo. I moaned, and I groaned and we kept on driving. He was right, there was no safe place to pull over. But, I sure don't like missed opportunities. So, I watched carefully and one day while on a day trip (sans Tana) I saw a rest stop with Joshua Trees growing there.
I noted the same and on the way home that afternoon I had Man pull off, I got out and tromped around and finally found "buds".
I was satisfied, sorta. At least I had photos of a "bud".
Alas, a week or so later, while running, I spied more Joshua Trees, and these obviously had full blooms. Yes, I still wanted more photos, I mean, really, full blooms?? YEA, I wanted photos, and yes, we were towing.
To the rescue, another rest area. OK, I needed to rest, the fur kids needed to rest, but, I really wanted to see if there was a Joshua Tree planted in the rest area, seeing that there were hundreds in the acres of vacant land we were driving by. And, oh, yes, there was a Joshua Tree, a large beautiful speciman:
Covered with blooms (which by the way, probably were 10 or more inches in length, they were nice and big! WOOT!
According to this Wikipedia article, these beautiful creatures are from Australia, "When swimming, Black Swans hold their necks arched or erect, and often carry their feathers or wings raised in an aggressive display." Ruffles, yes, thank you!
I have found I am having so much fun with the camera that there are many more photos taken than will fit on my blog, Reflections From the Fence.
I post flora and fauna photos here. One subject a day, a flora and fauna 365 project. I managed to get past the first 365 and started the second year of this daily exercise. I made it till sometime in November of 2011. And, now, Flora and Fauna is just a regular ole blog, posting when I have something to share and the time to post it.
Some posts are wordy, some are wordless. My goal is to make them as wordless as possible. However, if I find something interesting during the posting/research process, I may share, ok, I will probably share. I hope you find the words and photos to be interesting.
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A favorite photo from Bellingrath Gardens, near Mobile Alabama
Things I love: Family, Grandchildren, Rving, computers (sometimes, but not when they are being bad), family history, yorkies, techy toys like my iToys, photography.
I am all of these, so I write about them all, and more.