Water Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens (naplesgarden.org) occupies over 170 acres (including parking and a 90-acre natural preserve). The 2.5 mile walking trail leads the visitor through seven different settings for flowers and trees. Today’s images from the gardens focus on water flowers; both lilies and shoreline flowers. The last three photos remind us that flowers – while beautiful – are also food for many animals. More from the gardens on Monday.
red webs and water
flower against water
lavender water lily
pink water lily
lily and shadow
red lily and bee
water lily for lunch
water lily and bee

The Pond

We had a delightful time in Georgia last week visiting our youngest son and his family. Thely live in Grovetown, near Augusta.

Manhole Cover

Manhole Cover

We (my son, two grandsons, and me) decided to walk a few hundred yards to the pond near their home. We spotted a butterfly on the way.

butterfly

I enjoyed the smell and look of the Georgia pines and the woods.

Pine Bough

Pine Bough

Woods

Woods

We eventually came to the pond.

The Pond

The Pond

Around the pond were flowers that grasshoppers thought were a breakfast buffet.

Grasshoppers at Breakfast Buffet

Grasshoppers at Breakfast Buffet

Unharmed

Unharmed

After I took some pictures, as well as my curious son, we headed home.

My Curious Son

My Curious Son

Along the way the boys found a centipede (followed by many others!), which the oldest picked up.

Big Brother Finds Centipede

Big Brother Finds Centipede

Curious 3-year Old

Curious 3-year Old

Centipede on Arm

Centipede on Arm

The youngest was curious enough about all the cracks (he called them creeks) to pause for a moment.

Pointing Out Creeks

Pointing Out Creeks

It was a lovely morning outing. Gaters and spiders on Wednesday.

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