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25 June 2014 @ 11:18 am
Photo dump again  
I felt better a few days ago but today my back is hurting. I hate all this up and down stuff and wish I'd just get better already. I can't go out very long and I seem to get better in the evenings but wake up hurting in the mornings. Marie Selby Botanical is having a great time right now as two of their Amorphophallus titanum are flowering. One bloomed and the second is about to be in bloom and I missed it. I don't know if I can do a long trip to Sarasota and even when I could Chris is working. It's ok we need the money but it's frustrating not having a working vehicle and feeling bad on top of that. My titan arrum is doing well. It's so tiny. It will be years before it can make its first flower. I have it under the oak tree. My A bulbifers have made little trees and my A. konjac is just starting to poke out of the ground. I need to get pics.

Speaking of pics I want to post the last batch from my trip to Marie Selby and Earthmother's.

Hoya Kerii. Best known for its heart shaped leaves.

There were some bikes parked by Earthmother's gallery. I liked this one that had a macaw ringer and a coconut bottle holder.

This is the City Pier on Anna Marie Island. This place was really cool and had a seafood restaurant.

Close up of the pier.

People were fishing and the pelicans were waiting for scraps.

A nice brown pelican. The day was so lovely I just wanted to jump in.

You could see the Sunshine Skyway bridge clearly from the pier.

This was my meal. A grouper sandwich that was spicy. I took the onions off though. It was good.

I was amused by the hanging napkins. Very nice way to save space.

I heard parrots and found this wild blue crowned conure in a palm tree. There were holes in the palms they used as nests.

This was such a gorgeous scene.

The water was lovely! So shallow and almost clear.

So yes I had a very lovely weekend that week.

I'm frustrated with my art right now. Everything is in the inking stage and it's going very slowly. I will also have to start posting the next chapters of my story here.
actipton80actipton80 on June 25th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
You are so lucky to live close to the ocean. Those pictures are gorgeous. I like the wild parrots too. I would have picked those onions right off your plate. (asking first of course) I like red onions because they don't tear me up like the white ones do.

Those plant pictures make me want to go to Daniel Stowe or UNCC gardens again. I don't know when "Bella" is due to bloom next. I'm sure it will be in the paper when it does.
Desthagirion on June 25th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yes it's very nice. Not all beaches are pretty here though. But I love the ones around Sarasota. I love the wild parrots here. Wish there were more budgies of course. Sure, I'd be happy to let you have the onions. Onions have to be very mild for me to eat. Hum, now I'm thinking about fish sandwiches.

I'd love that too. Hum, I need to name my titan.
actipton80actipton80 on June 25th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I think the tradition is to name the titan when it blooms the first time, so you have a while to think about its name.

Fish sandwiches are tasty.
Des: Laughingthagirion on June 26th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I think I will have come up with a name long before that. Since they are both male and female any name will work.

I'm kinda picky about them but this one was good.
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 26th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
Those are really nice pictures you got. I never even noticed the bikes and that cocoanut bottle holder is pretty clever.

After you were here, that Hoya Kerii must have had well over 100 blooms on it. Most ever.

When I saw my first roll of paper towels hanging in a restaurant down here, I could hardly believe it. Yes, what a good idea and a space saver, too. I usually need more napkins than they bring me, and this way I can get as many as I need. Several of the casual seafood restaurant here have them.
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. I had a great time with you. Was looking at the Coquina park on google Earth and definitely want to take Chris there.

Oh that's cool. My hoya cuttings must have taken root. The ones I got from ebay because they are making new leaves finally. I'm so glad. And I found out that that puffy plant is called a blood lily.
I found a place that sells them so I will order some later on. Would love to have some here.

I'm messy too so I always need extra paper towels.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on June 26th, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
A nice set of photos. The one of the hoya is particularly brilliant and your pics of the pier look just the same as Earthmother's! I would have left the onion off, too. Yes, very cool accessories on that bike. And cool paper towel holder! You have got very keen eyes to spot that blue crowned conure and very pretty it is, too. You sure had a lovely time.

That sucks that your back is playing up again. Hopefully the whole episode of illness will be over soon. What a pity you missed the Amorphophallus titanum flowering. You have some cool plants coming up. Did you see Rhodielady's post about the Amorphophallus paeoniifolius she saw at the Missouri Botanical Garden? It's awesome!

Edited at 2014-06-26 04:42 am (UTC)
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yes her hoyas were so pretty dangling everywhere. I don't like onions. They have to be very mild or cooked well so they don't taste strong. I loved that little macaw and the coconut was like it was for him. That papertowel holder was very amusing. I loved it. I'm so glad I saw those conures. They are cute. It was a very nice two days.

It's been very frustrating. There's so much I want to do and needs to be done.
Thanks for passing that on. I'd like to get that species at one point. I do not watch her so I had not seen it.
suzidragonlady: Suzi by Vogeldrachesuzidragonlady on June 27th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
I hope that your back will be much better soon. Maybe you will need to get a special mattress for your back when it hurts especially in the mornings when you get up, sounds like a problem with the bed for me then. Neck-friendly pillows can also do wonders! I experienced that by myself. IKEA has great pillows for all kinds of sleep-types (side, back etc.) and they are not very expensive also. ;)

Very nice photos. Looks like you really had a nice day. I love the parrots and pelicans. :D
Desthagirion on June 27th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's been very frustrating that both things acted up at the same time. I did get a special memory foam cover that has helped a lot.

Thanks. It was lovely there. The parrots were so cute!
gamma_wingsgamma_wings on July 3rd, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh sounds look a cool weekend. :D It's so cool how you live in such a tropical-like place. Very nice photos.

I enjoyed the photos of the brown pelicans and conures the most. It must be awesome living in a place where you can find an occasional parrot outside. :D Since here, one cannot find such cool tropical birds flying around. ^^;
Des: Flying Budgiesthagirion on July 4th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
It was very nice. I'd love another vacation like this again.

I'm not surprised you liked those. There are many lovely parts of Florida and I think south Florida is the best. North and north central are too cold and not as much tropical life as in the south. I love Miami/Ft Lauderdale area. And yes tropical parrots survive well in this climate. I'm happy they're an introduced species. Made things better.
gamma_wingsgamma_wings on July 4th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Ah I see, I bet it was awesome! ^^

Ooh I'd love to visit southern Florida someday, actually. ;o; The furthest south I got is to Cape Canaveral, after that we just ran out of time. D: And yea agreed, parrots make anything better. ^^

And aww I love that you used a budgie icon. ;v;
Des: Thanatos Agreesthagirion on July 4th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Cape Canaveral is North Florida I would say so it would be pretty cold winters lowest in the 20s. But you'd probably like it compared to your winters. I get laughed at a lot by Northerner when I complain about our winter.

Yes I love that about LJ. Using icons appropriate for conversations.
gamma_wingsgamma_wings on July 4th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, and true, those winters sound much better than what we have up north! 8C

Ah I see. :D