Hot, humid weather has set in, often making it unpleasant to be outside after nine and before seven. I’ve always said living in Florida is the opposite of living in Wisconsin or Minnesota: the times when you can be comfortably outside are are exactly flipped. Winter in the Upper Midwest sucks, but it’s wonderful in Florida, which of course explains why there are snowbirds.
Unfortunately, I can’t afford to travel back and forth all the time, or support two residences, so I’m pretty much stuck in Florida, and that means hiding in air-conditioned comfort during the summer.
A large night-blooming cereus is in my backyard. It recently grew bright pink, softball-sized fruit that splits open when ripe. The white fleshy insides, dotted with edible black seeds, can be sectioned and eaten. Apparently the red-bellied woodpecker likes this fruit. It has visited several times the last three days, braving the sharp spines that cover this cactus, so it can eat. The flower above its head blooms only at night, closing when the sun hits it. I made several attempts to photograph it and finally succeeded. The bird was so skittish I had to use my longest telephoto lens from the yard next door.
A cardinal couple have been visiting regularly. I even saw the male feed the female once or twice. How sweet! After I moved the feeders closer to the cactus, they decided they liked perching in the nearby jade plant. Up north, it’s grown inside. In Florida it’s a tree outside.Finally, I visited a new-to-me lake and was able to take pictures of Egyptian geese across a wide canal. Notice the chick curled up in the grass?See you next time.