Tern on Buoy

A tern stands on a buoy in the Gulf of Mexico, off the shores of St. Teresa, Florida.
“Tern On Buoy”

Here’s another buoy, this time floating in the water with a tern sitting on top of it. It appears to be a Least tern, which is a common shore bird along much of the U.S. and Mexican coastline in the warmer months. The view looks out on the Gulf of Mexico from St. Teresa beach. I had some fun with Snapseed on this one, and I think the watercolor effect really kicks the beachy feel up a notch.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Buoy in Sand

“Buoy in Sand”

Here in Florida it’s perfect beach weather, and I’m excited about my upcoming long weekend at the beach with friends. So it seemed fitting to share a few photos I took on a previous trip. I took all of this week’s photos on my iPhone, which usually yields less-than-stellar results for me. Sometimes I get a good shot with it, though, like this buoy I found in the sand along the path from our house to the beach.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Powderpuff Flower

Pink blossoms that look like powderpuffs give Mimosa strigillosa one of its common names. Also known as sensitive plant because its fern-like leaves fold up when touched. Sunshine mimosa is another common name.
“Powderpuff Flower”

Continuing on with my successful native plants, here’s a powderpuff flower. Scientifically known as Mimosa strigillosa, its other common names include sunshine mimosa and sensitive plant. It’s called sensitive plant because when you touch its fern-like leaves, they fold up.

I initially planted it in a hanging bucket because it spreads easily, which is why it’s most often used as a ground cover. It needed water pretty much every day, though, so I transplanted it to a spot in the front yard. Since it actually hasn’t spread at all, I’ve decided that I’m going to harvest a few seeds this year and grow a few more. I love the idea of having a patch of powderpuffs.

Mimosa strigillosa grows natively through much of Florida, almost all of Louisiana, and a handful of counties in Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. It’s also native to Mexico.

If you want to find out more about growing it, the University of Florida’s IFAS extension has an excellent publication about it. (You’ll also find lots of good photos in it, too.)

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Easter Bunny-Lion 2

A lion statue decorated like the Easter bunny adds a whimsical touch to Azalea Park in Crawfordville, Florida.
“Easter Bunny-Lion 2”

Here’s a different view of the Easter Bunny-Lion that I photographed in Crawfordville last year. You can really see his bunny teeth in this one. At this angle, he looks a bit angry, or perhaps sad. Maybe he’s tired off fending off children who want his eggs. In any case, I love the oddness of a ridiculously pink lion with bunny ears standing alone in the woods.

UPDATE: For a little history on the lion and some pics of his other disguises, check out this Crawfordville Lion site.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Easter Bunny-Lion

A lion statue decorated like the Easter bunny adds a whimsical touch to Azalea Park in Crawfordville, Florida.
“Easter Bunny-Lion”

In honor of Easter, this week I bring you one of my favorite bits of local quirkiness. When you’re driving down 319 through Crawfordville (a little town south of Tallahassee), you pass Azalea Park, where this lion statue stands near the road, gazing out at passers-by. Area residents paint the lion for holidays, and I suspect sometimes just for fun.

Last year at this time, the lion was dressed up as the Easter Bunny. I love the character and detail they gave him. The bunny ears and Easter eggs at his feet add a touch of whimsical charm.

UPDATE: For a little history on the lion and some pics of his other disguises, check out this Crawfordville Lion site.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Rabbit on Trail

Photo of a wild rabbit pausing at the edge of a grassy trail through the woods.
“Rabbit on Trail”

One of the things I love about Tallahassee is the variety of wildlife in the area, even in my own back yard. What I hardly ever see anywhere around here, though, is rabbits. I know there must be plenty of them, they’re just secretive. So it was a treat to see this one bound across the path through the woods at Birdsong Nature Center. He (or she) paused long enough for me to get this photo.

By the way, Birdsong Nature Center is about 40 minutes up the road near Thomasville, Georgia. If you’re in the area and haven’t been, I highly recommend visiting. Wear good walking shoes and bring a pair of binoculars.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Flower Fairy

Photograph of a statue of a flower fairy sitting on a stone in the grass of Isle of Rest cemetery in Carrabelle, Florida.
“Flower Fairy”

Although I haven’t come across any leprechauns to photograph, spring is also time for the fae. I found this lovely flower fairy sitting in the grass at Isle of Rest Cemetery in Carrabelle, Florida. Rather than belonging to a particular grave, she sat in the midst of it all – a soothing, serene companion to all the departed.

© 2015 Karen Joslin