Before leaving Florida, I saw this beautiful flower growing on some tall bushes. I have no idea what it is and am hoping someone will help me identify it.
One of my first graders a few years ago would name things when she didn’t know what they were. In her honor, I’ll be calling this firework flower until I learn the proper name.
Muscovy duck above and ibis below
I’m in St Petersburg Florida this week at a writers conference working on craft, hearing accomplished authors share their personal stories, and attending readings of their work. As expected, I’m learning a variety of things that will inform my own writing.
What I hadn’t expected is how much I’m learning about birds.
Atop a building adjacent to the pond is an osprey nest. I’m not typically good at capturing birds in flight so I’m especially proud of this photo.
Three facts about osprey:
1. They are also known as sea or river hawks.
2. They are diurnal.
3. They can be found on 6 of the 7 continents; not found on Antarctica.