A freshwater canal flows behind my condo. It is there I take most of my wildlife pictures, because I haven’t had a chance to get out and explore the area yet. The canal is an endless source of interest to me. I’m always seeing something new.
I’d seen it several times and finally grabbed a (slightly blurry) shot of it. It took me only a minute to ID it online. These are the eggs of an apple snail. The canal is full of them. And yes, it’s another invasive species someone imported for some stupid reason, and now it’s proliferating like mad everywhere in Florida. When are we gonna learn, eh?
The picture at left is not mine; I found it on the article that identified the pink stuff. But I have seen lots of these snails in the water, and I have one of their shells in the condo.
I am endlessly fascinated by things I see here. It is a foreign land when it comes to flora and fauna, though the way climate change is readjusting weather everywhere, who knows? There might one day be palm trees and apple snails in Minnesota!
R is still up north, though I expect him back next week. He’s been gone over a month now, and he says there is still plenty to do at his Wisconsin property, but he misses his home here. In the meantime, I go back and forth between my house and his, enjoying the sunrise in one place and the sunset in another. Because no matter what kind of weather the day brings, it always begins with sunlight and sparkles on the canal water, and ends with the gorgeous colors of sunset.
The only way climate change has affected Florida so far is to increase the chance of flooding in low-lying coastal areas. Temps continue to clock in around average, humidity is still up there (73 dewpoint a couple days ago, and it wasn’t bothering me! I’m adapting!), and almost every afternoon, it rains somewhere in south Florida.
The hibiscus is in full bloom, thanks to several hours of light rain we got yesterday. This bush has at least one flower every day, and it’s been doing this since I moved in two and a half months ago. How cool is that?
It’s still early morning here, but in an hour or so, I’ll close the french doors and lanai windows to keep the heat of the day from coming inside. I run the a/c maybe an hour a day, no more and often less. A floor fan keeps me comfortable. Ceiling fans in every room provide zone cooling. My electric bill runs around $40 a month, which is less than I paid in St Paul.
It’s water that’s expensive. My water bill every month runs around $52. I’ve always been careful not to waste it, so it is rarely more but always this much; it’s the base charge. I even have a bucket outside to catch rain, and I use that to water the plants. R has a well; that’s how he can afford to water a couple hundred plants every day, have a sprinkler system, and maintain a pool. City water is pricey.
And how does the water taste? Dunno. I use a filter system on drinking water. I’ve done it for years, and I doubt I’ll give it up. Considering all the crap we are doing of late, I’d rather filter it than not. There is always a pitcher of ice cold water in the fridge.
There is a spider living in the climbing ivy outside R’s front door. It is not poisonous. It is an orb weaver. Every night, it spins a web across the walk, and every morning, it’s gone. I’ve accidentally barged through it twice, and I suspect it doesn’t care anymore what it looks like, ’cause the first web I saw was perfect. 🙂
Haven’t named it yet. Probably won’t. But guess what? I told R I named the automatic pool cleaner Dolores, and now he calls it that too. Heh.