Sunrise, Sunset

The lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof may at least be part of the explanation for our fascination with sunrises and sunsets.
“Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears.”
Naples, Florida is known for its sunsets, but I hope you will also enjoy my Everglades sunrise photo.

Everglades Sunrise

Everglades Sunrise


Naples Sunset

Naples Sunset


Pier Sunset

Pier Sunset


Under the Boardwalk Sunset

Under the Boardwalk Sunset

Florida Flora

Florida is an eye-stunning kaleidoscope for flower lovers. Everywhere you turn there are beautiful flowers. I (along with my spouse) visited my photo-blog friend Pat and her husband in Naples, Florida last week. One photo outing we took was to the magnificent Naples Botanical Gardens. The photos below are mostly from there.
red sunburst
flower and bee
red leaf
alien
big and little
flower and water
red and white
water plant
I enjoy hearing any thoughts you would care to share.

In Second Place

This picture was taken at Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida in April. I was quite startled by what I thought was a giant grasshopper (4+ inches), but recovered enough to enjoy the wonderful light-and-dark contrasts, shadows, and lines of the setting. I later found out that the grasshopper-like creature was a lubber. This variety is found throughout much of the southeast United States. Anyone know the name of the plant in the photo? I also enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Number 1 will be revealed next Monday.
lubber

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Lubbers

In addition to the beautiful flowers and majestic trees in Naples Botanical Gardens, there is a vast array of the usual small insects as well as the occasional small alligator. In many ways I enjoy the animal life as much as the flora. I think they can add a life and energy to photos. There was the usual mix of dragonflies, butterflies, and bees.
butterfly and flower
dragonfly
I was also surprised by what, to me, was a giant grasshopper. The eastern lubber grasshopper (or sometimes just lubber) is about four inches long. It is only found in the southeast U.S. from Texas to South Carolina. To this northern gal this grasshopper was like a prehistoric beast. I was fortunate to catch a couple of photos in a very beautiful setting.
grasshopper and leaves
grasshopper
As always, I enjoy reading your thoughts and comments. Thanks for following my photoblog.

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