Last Day at Ann’s

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp's nest!

Ann took this photo of me trying to get a shot of a wasp’s nest!

Today is our last day here at Ann and Cecil’s place.

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo.  Ann came out with a can of wasp spray as soon as I told her about it!

This is the picture I was shooting in the header photo. Ann followed soon after with a can of wasp spray!

Cecil drove a friend to a doctor’s appointment in Gainesville.  Ann was exhausted from spending too much time in the kitchen lately.  Ron went to town and wandered around there for a while.  So I took the opportunity to hunt down photo subjects.

We also did our own dinners tonight.  I grilled seasoned zucchini squash and sauteed chicken tenders, onions, peppers and garlic for an easy one-dish meal.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

A fuzzy photo of a male chameleon courting the ladies.

Since I don’t have any exciting adventures to share today, I’ll just post photos again.  🙂

This lady wasn't impressed!

This lady wasn’t impressed!

Cecil wasn't sure whether this was Fred or Joe.  :D

Cecil wasn’t sure whether this was Fred or Joe. 😀

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes.  But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Cecil has gopher tortoises on his property, and I thought this was one of their holes. But Cecil said it was probably an armadillo hole.

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Tender, tasty baby bullbrier leaves

Florida is for bugs.  :(

Florida is for bugs. 😦

Cool tree skeleton

Cool tree skeleton

Discrimination.  :)

Discrimination. 🙂

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Evidence the raccoons are eating the apple snails.

Field of oxalis

Field of oxalis

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Baby wild muscadine grape leaves

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Greenbriers will keep putting on tender, tasty shoots until midsummer

Leatherleaf florist's ferns

Leatherleaf florist’s ferns

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Closeup of the beautiful shamrock-like oxalis

Maturing poke salad.  At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

Maturing poke salad. At this point it is dangerously poisonous.

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo.  :)

The requisite Sheba-in-the-pond photo. 🙂

Turtles in the pond

Turtles in the pond

A carpet of Virginia creeper

A carpet of Virginia creeper

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20 Comments

  1. Marcia GB

     /  April 15, 2013

    Lots of interesting shots. Where to next?

  2. I can see it now! It would not go there when I first tried (and tried about 4 times.)

    Love the picture of the shamrock oxalis….it looks beautiful! What time of day was the picture taken? And the picture of Sheba in the water…great.

    Don’t think the words tender, tasty and baby go with the word, bullbrier. Just doesn’t sound right!

    • The disappearing page was my fault. I accidentally hit Publish instead of Preview after I got the first picture uploaded. So I trashed it and started over. Sorry! 🙂

      The flower pictures were taken at the worst possible time — around 1:00 pm. But they were in deep shade, so it worked.

      Isn’t that a hoot about the bullbrier description. I didn’t notice what an oxymoron it sounded like when I was typing it! 😀

  3. The poke plant at that stage? I cut the leaves off, slice the stem, roll in a mixture of flour, corn meal, and salt, and fry in hot oil like okra. I haven’t died…yet. I heard the berries were poisonous. We made ink out of them as kids but were always told not to eat them, however, a little girl ate some from the field behind the playground one recess (not on my watch, thank goodness) and she lived also. The nurse did drive her to the ER just in case.

    • thymeless, I had heard that one of the ways poke shoots were cooked was to roll them in corn meal and fry them. But I thought it had to be the very young shoots. There is so much misinformation in the wild foods literature. I REALLY appreciate your input.

      People have such a fear of wild edibles. Samuel Thayer has done more to debunk a lot of the myths about “poisonous wild edibles” than anyone I know of. I do wish that you would write him and share your experience with him. Maybe he will scientifically debunk it for everyone in a future book. I do know that the root really is deadly poisonous as I have read accounts of people dying when accidentally gathering part of the root with the shoots. But the above-ground parts must not be nearly as dangerous as is commonly rumored.

      Thanks again for sharing your experience!

  4. hahaaa all the pictures are beautiful but you got to know that Ann’s picture of you taking the picture of the wasp’s nest. is the best! .. HAhaaaa….. love it

  5. too many HAhaaa;s .. take out the last one … 😉

  6. Great photos illustrating how life abounds.

    • I seem to have retained a childlike wonder at the miracle of all living things. At least I am very easily entertained! 🙂

  7. I was so happy to be able to have a face to go with your blog. I found it when I was looking over Kim’s pictures of the camping trip.
    Your pictures today are really nice. The flowers are so pretty.

    • Hi, Jo. I rarely post pictures of myself because I’m self conscious about being so overweight! But it was fun to have Kim take pictures and post them. I like having faces to go with blogs, too.

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures. We are leaving this morning, but I will miss all the beauty and good company here!

  8. Some will sure go to great heights to capture the moment :O) That’s skill! You sure captured your surroundings and so refreshing to see the beauty through your eyes. Looks like Sheba is into her element…chilling out,

    • Whatever it takes! 😀

      I think Sheba’s going to be as good about “Be still while I take a picture,” as Sunny is. So amazing how far she has come. I am so glad we hung in there with her!

  9. Wonderful pictures! Thank you. 🙂

  10. Elizabeth in NC

     /  April 17, 2013

    Did you know that armadillos carry leprosy?? Maybe you are the blogger who shared that awhile back…I would not want one of them on my property that is for sure!!

    • Yes, Elizabeth, I had that on my blog a while back. I wouldn’t want them on my property either! I read that even working in the dirt around them can be dangerous. Fortunately that is an area of the property where no one ever goes… except me when I’m wandering around looking for photos.

      If it were my property, I would probably put some kind of trap or bait at the entrance of that hole, though.

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