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19 May 2014 @ 02:48 pm
I'm back, photos day 1 and chickens  
I'm back! I had a wonderful time with earthmother45. We went to Marie Selby and had a great time there. Both days were just gorgeous. They weren't too hot and they were sunny. The coolest thing we saw at the botanical garden was a baby barred owl that had recently fledged. He was still downy and had a stubby tail. He kept looking at all the people taking pics and walking under his branch. We took lots of pics. I also took videos. The water was lovely being on the coast. I got to go inside the mansion for the first time because they had a photo exhibit on display. The tea house had free tea tasting like always but I can never tell without sugar. Then we came home and I hooked up the computer to the TV and we watched Megamind. I wanted to share one of my favorite cartoon movies with her. We also chatted about my story and art which was nice. We were so tired though because we had too much excitement.

The next day I got up early and looked around Earthmother's garden. Oh I brought her some plants. A Nepenthes alata boschiana mimic, some leaf cuttings of Hoya archiboldii and a Stapelia hirsuta. After a nice breakfast we went to see her studio. That was nice because it was closed so there was no one in there. She had her display and there were other paintings and photos by other artists too. When leaving I spotted some parrots in cages and I wanted to stop thinking it was a pet store. It wasn't but the owner had their pet parrots on display. Lots of macaws, Amazons and African greys. One blue and gold really liked me and of course I liked that too. Then we went to the pier and ate at the City Pier Restaurant. It really reminded me of the pier in GTA 5. We ate there and I had a yummy blackend grouper sandwich. There was a little bridge too and there was a great view of the water. There were holes in the palm trees for Blue Crowned Conures. I saw several wild parrots actually. Mostly Nandays. Then we went for a short walk on the Cocina Beach uh...shoot I forgot the name of it. But it wasn't the beach but a nice little estuary on the other side of the busy beach. I loved that and want to go back one day to explore it fully. We went home and Chris came over. We had burgers for dinner and strawberry short cake for desert. The short cake was great. Chris brought he new guitar George and played. Then it was a long drive home. We almost made it before sundown but not quite.

Ok time for some pics. Oh and I had to upload these to flickr because DA is stupid again. I can't submit anything but everything else works. I know I'm not making it sound like a great place lately. I don't know why they are screwing up so badly but when they don't it really is a nice place and I do recommend those of you here join there as a back up. Good to have more than one place to chat on if one goes down.

Day 1.

I-75 South Ruskin Rest stop

This was the rest stop on I75 South in Ruskin. I was very happy because I saw a white winged dove for the first time here on the 17th. I need to add that to my list. White winged doves are not like Mourning Doves though and you can't get close so I couldn't ever get a pic. Not happy about that.

Entrance of greenhouse

The first thing you see when you enter Marie Selby's green house.

Purple orchids

Neat purple orchids.

Employee area

The employee area. I loved those shelves. I liked the hangers on that shelf. I have a shelf like that also full of hangers for pots. Nice to know I use the same stuff the pros do.

Hanging Hooks

Close up of the hangers.

Employee area to the right

You can't go back here, big sign says Employees only. But I stuck my hand in with my camera and got both sides.

Employee area left

Too bad this one came out blurry. I'll just have to do it again next time.

Nepenthes Miranda

Nepenthes Miranda. They didn't have the really cool stuff out. Probably no pitchers yet.

Air tube

To me the mechanisms that run the greenhouse are just as impressive as the rare plants. This tube with holes brings AC to the whole place. That's really neat. I couldn't get a clear shot of the AC unit though.

Outer space camera

Huge camera

Another guest had a huge awesome looking camera. I asked if I could take a pic of it. Looked so space age like it could teleport you. The back was amazing. It's a Nikon D800 and he told me just the body costs three grand. Yikes! That's a trip for two on the Oasis. But I was impressed.

Amorphophallus gigus

Amorphophallus gigus. Now I want one. I have A. titumum, A. konjak and A. bulbifer.

Red puffy plant

Some kind of cute puffy plant. Looks like a member of the onion family.

Hoya of some sort

An unknown hoya.

Yellow crowned night heron

Yellow crowned night heron.

Mansion from the pond

View of the mansion from the other side of the pond.

The city is not far off

It's easy to forget you're in a garden in the city. This building was poking through the trees.

Foxtail palm

The foxtailed palm was in fruit. I love those red fruits.

Baby Barred Owl

This was the baby barred owl.

Baby Barred owl looks at people

He kept calmly looking down at the people under him.

Spiral cactus

Some kind of cool spiral cactus. Looks like a drill bit.

Yacht and house

I love this boat and this house.


And when we were leaving I managed to get this airplane from the car while it was landing. Those are pretty much the best pics from Day 1.

And I just got the email from My Pet Chicken that my chicks have shipped. They hatched today. YAY!! I should get them between Tuesday and Thursday. I hope it's tomorrow though. I've got the tank all clean and ready for them. I found their food and water things and have their baby food. So close! I can't wait!

Happy Birthday to silvolf. I got you something from Amazon so watch your mail.
Current Mood: giddygiddy
actipton80actipton80 on May 19th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh that Barred Owl is so cute. Since I do resident bird care, I don't get to see a lot of the cute babies they have in rehab. My Barred Owls whose cages I clean look at me that way.

I also like the unknown hoya, the puffy plant, and the spiral cactus. The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is cute too.
Desthagirion on May 20th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
I loved that little owl. Favorite thing at the gardens. Aw it's cute they look at you like that.

Yeah I'll see if I can ID it. I love puffy plants. I think you and I like flowers from the onion family.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on May 20th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
What a nice time away you had. I'm glad the weather was just right. That owl is cute. I see Earthmother knew all the quiet places to go! And you would have appreciated the studio on a day that it wasn't open.

I like the berries of palms, too. They are mostly yellow and orange here.

I love that plant that is a spike (Amorphophallus gigus). How exotic! Something disturbing about it, too :)

I also love the spiral cactus.

My MIL gave me a couple of bromiliads that have flowers like the cute fluffy plant you saw.

And I wonder what it is in you that makes you like the worker's part?

Oh, and I hope your chickens ship quickly!
Des: Black Copper Marans Chickthagirion on May 20th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Both days were wonderful weather wise. Yes I loved that baby owl. Yes it was great she showed me around when it was quiet and closed.

I've never seen such colorful palm fruits. I love this palm.

Yes so neat. I love the big Amorphophallus.

Yeah it's neat how it's grown like that.

It's because I'm a nerd! Hehe.

I hope they will come today.
badcowboybadcowboy on May 20th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh my that baby owl is too dang cute! How fortunate you got to see him. That twisted cactus was pretty nifty as well. That would be cool to have in my yard. Looks like a really awesome place to go. I am happy you had such lovely weather for it!
Des: Black Copper Marans Chickthagirion on May 20th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yes I loved that little owl. He seemed to have a very sweet gentle personality.
Yeah I really liked that cactus too. I didn't get the name of it unfortunately.
The days were just gorgeous.
The Silver Wolf of Darknesssilvolf on May 21st, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yes I see you mentioned me! Thank you ^^ Normally I notice when people link my name on here but I don't come on as much anymore so I miss things.
Nice photos too! I love the birds and the plane.
Desthagirion on May 21st, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yes. Your package shipped yesterday from Amazon so hopefully it will arrive this week.
Thanks. I really enjoy taking photos now.